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Modern wire harness systems and exclusive vehicle interiors: The name DRÄXLMAIER stands for automotive innovations – products that enhance your driving experience. Every day, approximately 70,000 associates around the world cooperate to contribute their knowledge, skills and automotive passion toward this goal. Individuals, who like to take on responsibilities, use their creativity and contribute their ideas toward the common success. Individuals like you!

Employee Series Development Lead Designer

Job Req ID:  26859

Mountain View, US, 94943

Work Type:  Full time
Contract Type:  permanent

Objective of job

  • Support team in the construction and development of interior components while creating documentation via 3D math models and drawings with consideration of DRX technical, legal, and customer requirements.
  • Plan and coordinate deadlines and resources after consultation with the affected Design Engineer and/or Project Leader.
  • Act as internal and external contact person within CAD design function.  Cooperate in internal working groups.


Principal activities

  • Analyze and evaluate CAD design changes (internal/ external), cooperate in negotiations (e.g. volume and costs of changes, etc.) and assure implementation.
  • Generate and check releasable 3D models of technical parts to verify that they meet customer as well as legal requirements.
  • Ensure that all documentation is properly created and maintained for new parts, modified parts, and purchase parts.  Ensure that data is properly stored within PLM.  Ensure that data transfer is occurring in an effective manner.
  • Utilizing the given surface model, conduct part conceptual studies to define the part break up and conduct concept execution studies.
  • Participate in FMEA documentation.
  • Assist, define and verify special and critical product characteristics.
  • Management of CAD developed parts until series production.  Evaluate alternatives and recommend product solutions to components/assembly concerns throughout the development process. 
  • In respect to CAD activities - define tasks, recognize problems, analyze them and develop recommended solutions, clarification or opportunities for realization, with support for practical implementation.
  • Work with production/tooling to make sure that designs are feasible.
  • Ensure that all deliverable are completed.
  • Make sure that the external and internal timelines and milestones are met. Develop attachment provisions and locating schemes to meet the product requirements.
  • Include assembly and disassembly requirements in the definition of the part design.
  • Conduct benchmarking activates to ensure development is best in class.
  • Create technical drawings that include tolerance and dimensions w/ assistance from dimensional engineers.
  • Create assembly and technical drawings and be aware of all technical requirements.
  • Create principal sections through entire assembly and prepare concept drawings.
  • Generate 3D models of technical parts that meet customer requirements as well as legal requirements.
  • Ensure that all documentation is properly created and maintained for new parts, modified parts, and purchased parts.
  • Manage data transfer - internal & external.
  • Optimize and further develop design solutions (e.g. analyze previous implementations, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, etc.) 


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Engineering Technology Degree - Preferred.
  • Associate Degree in related product design or technology - Considered.
  • Etensive & comparable equivalent work experience (Apprenticeship, mentoring, CAD design, etc) - Considered
  • Extensive CAD experience - Surfacing, Design, & Layout skills  - NX and Catia 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in CAD product development within automotive interior components
  • Experience or knowledge in automotive industry product development, part and tool design
  • Knowledge of GD&T, Plastic part development, injection molding processes
  • Knowledge of DRX product development and production processes.
  • Working knowledge of CAD design requirements (UG NX or Catia)
  • Project management experience 
  • Ability to work independently and with teams
  • Analytical problem solving mindset