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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!

Principle Design Leader

Job Req ID:  66140

Mountain View, US, 94943

Work Type:  Full time
Contract Type:  unlimited

Objective of job

  • Lead and coordinate a CAD Design subproject team to assure on-time and high quality product development with given support from the conception phase through series production.  
  • 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.


Principal activities

  • Analyze and evaluate CAD design changes (internal/ external), cooperate in negotiations (e.g. volume and costs of changes, etc.) and assure implementation.
  • Oversee technical designers on technical and conceptual drawings.
  • Oversee generation of 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.
  • Participate in FMEA documentation.
  • 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. 
  • Customer contact: some customer interaction as agreed with Design Engineer and/or Project Leader, attending customer meetings, conducting technical correspondence.
  • 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.
  • Monitor & verify design progress and plan the design resources accordingly.
  • Make sure that the external and internal timelines and milestones are met. Utilizing the given surface model, conduct part conceptual studies to define the part break up.
  • Develop attachment provisions and locating schemes to meet the product requirements.
  • Create assembly and technical drawings and be aware of all technical requirements.
  • 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.


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering discipline preferred or equivalent work experience 
  • Auto Cad, NX or Catia experience for 5 years in surfacing, design, and layout skills
  • Automotvie industry experience in product development and part and tool design for 3-5 years
  • Knowledge of GD&T, Plastic part development, and injection molding processes
  • Strong project maagmet experience 
  • Developed analytical and problem solving skills