Systems Engineer
Yazaki - Canton, MI

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Systems Engineer

Reports to: Supervisor Systems Engineering
Branch: YNA
Department: Engineering
Business Unit/Office: USOEMBU
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.

Create and document RFQ designs. Analyze marketing documentation and develop complexity. Design power distribution, grounding, wire and protection device sizing and inlines. Develop and maintain schematics.
Unique to Sr. Wire Harness Engineer: Train and mentor less experienced Engineers and substitute for Supervisor as required.
Unique to Principal Wire Harness Engineer: Same as Sr. Engineer plus use expertise to identify and apply best practices, technologies and processes.


Request for Quote (RFQ)
• Receive customer RFQ information (3D, 2D, schematic, circuit lists, etc.) and review for technical feasibility.
• Support RFQ Technical Review with customer
• Investigate new technology and integrate into the design where applicable
• Create and document RFQ design (i.e. 2D drawing, schematics, 3D design, discrepancies, assumptions as applicable)

Complexity Analysis
• Analyze and breakdown the customer marketing documentation (i.e. PDL, STV, PPC)
• Generate proposals for optimizing harness complexity including giveaway analyses and OEM marketing change recommendations in order to reduce the total part count
• Develop and maintain the build level complexity charts

Power Distribution, Signal and Grounding
• Design power distribution, grounding, wire and protection device sizing and inlines to ensure customer standards, specifications, and guidelines are met
• Create, develop, and maintain logical and physical schematics with the use of customer data per statement of work
• Develop and maintain vehicle level topology
• Perform, review, analyze, and sign-off circuit simulation / calculations to verify design per statement of work
• Perform architecture optimization studies

Customer and Internal Design Requirements
• Evaluate design information provided by the customer for completeness and accuracy and track internally (i.e. schematics, subsystem requirements, circuit lists, marketing doc's, etc.)
• Support selection of appropriate components (i.e. relays, connectors, accessories, etc.) to meet vehicle specifications
• Interface with DVP team to validate customer requirements (i.e. customer requirement validation, load survey, short circuit, etc.)

Engineering Customer Interface
• Review customer documents such as owner’s guide, dealership repair manuals, troubleshooting manuals and assembly plant repair manuals per customer request
• 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

Understand circuit principles including load resistance and voltage
Ability to read and understand electrical schematics and how they relate to physical attributes
Ability to read and understand customer marketing documentation as it relates to harness complexity
Capable of utilizing design automation tools in the design and verification of the electrical distribution system
Understand internal change management system and process
Understand the customer change management process
Understand the vehicle assembly process (prototype, pre-production, production & trials)
Understand design for manufacturing principles
Understand customer specifications
Understand YNA specifications
Understand the 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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