Design Release Engineer
Yazaki 133 reviews - Warren, MI

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Design Release Engineer

Worksite Location - Warren Tech Center
Reports to: Supervisor Program Engineering
Branch: YNA
Department: Engineering
Business Unit/Office: USOEM
Status: Exempt
Career Level: TC1, TC2, TC3 (Engineer)
TC4 (Sr. Engineer)
TC5 (Principal Engineer)

The information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the associate. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the job.

Route and package the wire harness and define retention and covering components. Lead interface to customer for customer change control, technical, issues, and program engineering deliverables. Support continuous improvement of the design.
Unique to Sr. Engineer: Train and mentor less experienced Engineers and substitute for Supervisor as required.
Unique to Principal Engineer: Same as Sr. Engineer plus use expertise to identify and apply best practices, technologies and processes.


Routing, Packaging, Retention and Protection
• Package components and wire harnesses into vehicles in the 3D environment, including splice locations at the harness level (where a splice is placed on the wire harness)
• Define customer-directed components
• Define retention and covering components (convolute, tape, etc.) to be used on the wire harness
• Initiate NCRs (New Component Requests) and interface with Advanced Purchasing, Provisional Component Engineering, and ComBU for the development and approval of new-tooled components
Customer Change Control
• Maintain customer part release system per statement of work
• Communicate to customer the content and status of the design, design changes, and build requirements
• Provide customer responses for cost studies
• Update engineering issues in customer change management systems (e.g., CN, EWO, WERS, AIMS, etc.)
• Release non-Yazaki parts (screws, standard parts, etc.) into the customer system per statement of work
Customer and Internal Design Requirements
• Ensure design meets customer and internal requirements
• Collaborate with Systems Engineer to review customer product letters and determine complexity levels
• Create and submit in BEAMS print markups for product designs that meet customer specifications and requirements, including DFA (Design for Vehicle Assembly)
• Collaborate with DVP&R (Design Verification Process & Report) team to validate customer requirements
• Develop and maintain program-specific, harness DFMEAs (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
• Evaluate information provided by the customer as applied to the product/project for completeness and accuracy
• Initiate customer plant trials, document results of the trial, and obtain customer sign-off
• Support assembly plant instructions for customer per statement of work
Engineering Customer Interface
• Lead customer interface for technical issues and program engineering deliverables
• Represent YNA Engineering at customer change control meetings (e.g., PMT, PAT, etc.) and design reviews (e.g., technical design review, digital buck review, system compatibility review, etc.)
• Represent YNA manufacturing to customer to support YNA DFM (Design for Manufacturing) guidelines
• Support vehicle builds and launches at customer pilot and assembly plants
Continuous Improvement of the Design
• Generate cost savings ideas and attend VAVE (Value Analysis Value Engineering) workshops
• Trace technical issues and problems to root cause
• Support customer initiatives such as cost and warranty reduction activities, etc.
Additional Responsibilities for Sr. Engineer and Principal Engineer
• Train and mentor less experienced Engineers as required
• Act as substitute for Supervisor as required
• Create and revise work instructions, processes and procedures
• Create, and modify specifications and design guidelines
Additional Responsibilities for Principal Engineer
• Determine best practices and design processes
• Develop strategies to facilitate engineering objectives, (process improvement, cost reduction, DFM, continuous improvement, etc.)
Degree Requirements: BSEE, BSME or equivalent experience
Certification Requirements: N/A
Previous Experience: 5 years automotive engineering experience preferred
Travel Requirements: As required
On Call Requirements: As required
Physical Requirements: Ability to troubleshoot and rework wire harnesses, in warehouses or assembled on vehicles, during wire harness or vehicle builds
Ability to lift wire harness assemblies up to 40 pounds
Ability to climb inside of vehicles to troubleshoot and rework
Proficient in the use of internal change management system and process
Proficient in the use of customer engineering systems (change management, issue management, part numbers, and sales codes)Understand the customer change management process
Understand the vehicle assembly process (prototype, pre-production, production & trials)
Understand design for vehicle assembly principles
Understand the wire harness manufacturing process
Understand design for manufacturing principles
Understand customer specifications
Understand YNA specifications
Proficient in DFMEA (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)Understand the DVP (Design Verification Process)
Unique to Sr. Engineer and Principal Engineer
Ability to manage multiple projects (own and others)
Proficient in the interpersonal and leadership skills to work with others in a senior position
Time management
Computer (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Ability to work well independently
Ability to work well with a team
Applicant must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for company sponsorship for employment visa status.

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