Principle Design Engineer - Structures










Louise Brown

01268 582900

Principle Design Engineer - Structures

General Characteristics
• Applies a thorough knowledge of current principles and practices of engineering as related to the business and its projects
• Leads significant project tasks and/or oversees elements of multiple projects with respect to a functional area

Typical Technical Responsibilities
• Serves as a technical specialist for the organisation in the application of advanced concepts, principles, and methods in an assigned area
• Serves as technical authority on one or more functional areas across multiple programmes
• Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates assignments
• Keeps informed of new methods and developments affecting the organisation, providing recommendations for new practices

Managerial Responsibilities
• Supervises staff allocated to specific assignments
• Plans , schedules, or coordinates the preparation of documents or activities for multiple major projects, or is responsible for an entire project functional area
• Reviews operational procedures to ensure compliance with applicable policies and performance measures

Direction Received
• Receives administrative supervision with assignments being given in terms of broad general objectives and bounds

Communication skills
• Routinely interacts with clients, customers, officials, contractors and others
• Leads project meetings and delivers presentations
• Represents the organisation and maintains liaison with individuals in specific contexts

Typical Experience
• 10 + years

Typical professional qualifications and community activities
• Engineering council professional registration
• Member of professional practice organisation
• Personally managed CPD portfolio
• Serves on local professional committees

Departmental Responsibilities:
• Ownership of the 3D definition of the full vehicle
• Responsibility for the vehicle architectural design using Catia V5
• Occupant positioning
• Ownership of the section book
• 3D package modelling
• Manage interface with styling
• Engineering responsibility (including design and release) of full vehicle body systems:
• Structures, Panels, Closures, Glazing, Sealing, Lighting, Wiper Systems, NVH
• Engineering responsibility (including design and release) of full vehicle interior systems:
• Fascia, Tunnel, Seating, Restraints, Trim panel , Instrument and controls, Door trim, Trunk Systems, HVAC
• Design for manufacture and assembly for responsible components
• Ensuring responsible designs meet legal compliance
• Work Package Management
• Design Sizing Analysis
• Sub system load analysis
• Joints and interface design
• Materials selection
• Fixing selection justification with appropriate bolt calculations
• Specific Role Responsibilities and Experience:
• To lead the design and engineering of welded aluminium based body in white structures
• Proven track record for the design and engineering of aluminium automotive primary structures utilising extrusions, sheet and cast/forged materials
• Experience of specifying joining technologies including CMT or MIG welding processes
• Able to select materials and processes appropriate to engineering requirements such as strength, durability, crashworthiness, cost and manufacturing constraints
• Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes associated with aluminium including but not limited to heat treatments, coatings, assembly and process tolerances
• Casting and forging design experience and understanding of high and low production rate drivers

• Identify and highlight any areas for continuous improvement
• Ensure that your technical knowledge and expertise is kept up to date
• Mentor and support professional development of all colleagues, particularly junior staff
• To perform any other duties that may well be reasonably expected within the remit of the role
• To ensure compliance with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policy requirements within areas of responsibility


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