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Karma Automotive CAD Engineer, Body Technology (Exteriors) in Irvine, California

Southern California-based Karma is more than just a car company. Although we are best known as a creator of soul-stirring luxury electric vehicles, Karma has emerged as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a perfect platform to prove their emerging technologies. Every Revero is designed at our Headquarters in Irvine and created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, CA.

The CAD Engineer, Body Technology (Exteriors) will have a proven track record for designing Carbon Fiber, Metal, Composite, and Plastic Class-A Exterior Panels. Shall also be responsible for all associated Hardware, to include forged, and stamped hinges.

  • Design parts from initial design, to prototype phase, and production

  • Create Typical and Master Section to ensure design is feasible, and manufacturable

  • Able to create alternate designs and recommendations where initial design not feasible.

  • Create and manage EBOM (Engineering Bill of Materials), including material selection and finish

  • Coordinate release of engineering changes, and appropriate documentation

  • Provide weekly updates of progress, goals and road blocks

  • Apply budget constraints as part of the engineering design process

  • Able to work within a cross-functional team to achieve goals

  • Verify styling theme feasibility (manufacturing, ergonomic, service, safety, regulatory etc.)

  • Understand and update Engineering documentation such as TES’s (Tech. Spec’s), DFMEA’s (Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and DVP’s (Design Verification Plan) DFM (Design for Manufacture).

  • Able to coordinate and complete mock-up of parts for evaluation

  • Able to work closely with suppliers to achieve goals

  • Track open issues via issue tracking process, drive communication to closure of issues

  • Plan for parts timing alignment with overall program timing plan

  • Excellent communication skills and team player approach required

  • Consults with colleagues and supervisor as required

  • Report and escalate major issues immediately to Supervisor

  • Able to develop criteria sections for future vehicles

  • Conduct vehicle benchmark studies / technical research of competitive products, present findings and suggest recommendations

  • Design low cost solutions.

  • Other duties, as assigned

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering or 15+ year experience required

  • 7+ Years Sheet Metal and/or Hardware Design Release Engineering experience

  • 7+ Years Component Design/Engineering Development

  • CATIA V5 experience required

  • SmarTeam experience preferred

  • Experience or knowledge of root cause analysis or Design of Experiment

  • Previous OEM and automotive experience required

  • Previous Design Release Engineer experience in Product Engineering required

  • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred

  • Dimensional Management and Dimensional Checking experience preferred. Understanding of GD&T required

  • Experience with Design Verification Plan & Report (DVP&R)

  • Experience with Design Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (DFMEA)

  • Experience with Frameless Door Systems preferred

  • Experience in developing and working Criteria Development Section (Typical Sections)

  • Willingness to travel to supplier, and assembly plant during launch

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and others

  • Experience or knowledge of forming processes such as stamping, injection moldings, casting, and extrusions

  • Able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable

No 3rd Parties. Principals Only, Please

Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender identity and expression, color, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), national origin/ancestry, religion, military/veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other characteristic and group protected by applicable law. Karma Automotive LLC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a physical or mental disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.

ID: 2020-4005

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Street: 9950 Jeronimo Rd.