Job Category:  RD Research & Development

Troy, MI, US


Work for the world market leader and TOP 100 automotive supplier HBPO! We are always in front when it comes to the development, construction, assembly and logistics of complex front-end modules. We are also your specialist for other module solutions. At home in one of the most dynamic industries, we guarantee you a diverse range of tasks paired with many professional challenges. We currently have a workforce of more than 2,800 employees worldwide and produce about 5.7 million modules every year.


Senior Design Engineer

we are looking for our corporate office in Troy



  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in Design and Development of injection molded structural plastic parts for an Automotive supplier.
  • Experience in design of metal stampings is a strong plus.
  • Strong background of GD&T (Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing), stack-up analysis and creating 2D drawings
  • Must be capable of creating concepts in CAD and refining these concepts to production ready design with principles of DFM and DFA incorporated
  • Must be capable of performing Engineering Calculations for Strength, Mass, and Mechanical Performance. Must understand CAE feedback and must have the ability to update the design to address any structural or manufacturability concerns.
  • MSME or Equivalent Graduate Engineering degree is required
  • Strong proven CAD experience in 3D modeling with CATIA V5 and/or Unigraphics NX5 is a must
  • Familiarity with Data Transfer Protocols with OEMs (TeamCenter) is a strong plus


Essential Functions:

  • The Design Engineer may be assigned on a given project to support the Project Engineer (PE). Engineering Project Manager or Equivalent or may be asked to take the lead engineering role on the project to support the PM/ SU depending on the scope and stage of the project as determined by the R&D director.
  • Must be capable of working with independently with limited guidance from the Project Lead (PE /PM/ R&D Director) and demonstrate the ownership in taking the task to a successful completion meeting the expectation of the customer and the project lead
  • Design and develop products based on specification and/or CAD-data from OEM and internal developmental requirements
  • Capable of starting from initial concept to create a product design that meets the customer expectation and the principles of Design for Manufacturability and Design for Assembly  
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of plastic injection molding, die casting and metal stamping designs.  Knowledge of Die casting is a plus. Utilize the “strength of materials” and structural knowledge to create structurally sound designs
  • Demonstrate strong background in 3D CAD-modeling and 2D drawings using Catia V4, Catia V5 and/or Unigraphics NX5. [later versions of CATIA and Unigraphics may be preferred when applicable]
  • Apply the fundamentals of GD&T to identify datum and locator schemes for parts as well as complex assemblies and make appropriate dimensional control call-outs on the drawings to establish and clearly communicate the design intent
  • Champions all design related activity for assigned program(s), from concept generation, development therefor into viable optimal solutions, through to production optimization.  Work with cross functional team members, logistics group and IE groups to ensure product design meets other stake holders interests.
  • Support the Project Engineer or Engineering Project manager by arranging cross functional design reviews. Expected to demonstrate the same when acting in the Lead Engineer role.
  • Champion the DFMEA.  Working with cross-functional teams (internal and customer) develop the FEM DFMEA.  Get approval, release and maintain an updated copy.  
  • Develop and coordinate DVP&R.  Work with Project Engineer and define the testing in the DVP&R.  Coordinate the tests at the testing facility, document the outcome and present the final reports to the customer.
  • Organize and facilitate data transfers with OEMs and internally (VPM/ Teamcenter knowledge/S4Manage)
  • Provide CAE-group Lippstadt with a “clean” suitable to mesh CAD model
  • When asked by the Engineering Project Lead, travel to customer to participate in on-site design reviews.
  • Must work effectively in a team environment
  • Organize VA/ VE sessions for the designed products
  • Lead resolution of design-related launch/manufacturing problems by developing appropriate product modifications
  • When required, travel out of town (out of state/ out of country) for short-term extended stays (1- 2 weeks) at a time in supporting program activities.
  • Support /Lead initiatives and projects as assigned by the Engineering Director
  • Interact with clients in a professional manner and present a professional image at all times.
  • Understand and comply with company EHS policy


Marginal Functions:

  • Experienced with Chrysler & Ford) product development procedures and design approval releases
  • Prepare professional level technical Presentation using common tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Assist in special projects
  • Assist acquisition activities


Related Experience/Specialized Knowledge:

  • More than 15 years of work experience in design and development of Automotive plastics and sheet metal parts
  • Extensive experience in Design of plastic and metal parts
  • Strong background of GD&T (Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing)
  • Minimum 6+ years’ experience in design engineering of plastics for automobile industry
  • Knowledge of the automotive customer base and how they do business is required
  • Tool design and build experience is a plus
  • Capable of leading the activities and preparing DVP&R and DFMEA reports
  • Knowledge of Customer Specific requirements


Professional/Technical Training:

  • Strong proven CAD experience in 3D modeling with CATIA V5 or Unigraphics NX5  (or later versions as applicable)
  • Chrysler Team Center/ VPM or equivalent



  • BSME or Equivalent


Mobile working is just as natural for us as working together in a team on site.

We are particularly happy to receive applications from people who contribute to the diversity of our company.

Do you have any questions about the position or your application?

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HBPO North America, Inc. | Human Resources


700 Tower Dr #250 | Troy | MI 48098 | USA

Phone: 1-248-823-7083 |

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