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Powertrain Design Release Engineer

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a Powertrain Design Release Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI.


  • Design and develop Powertrain Components using established best practice principles.
  • The components will be created using quality methodologies such as CAE, System Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA), and Design Validation Plans (DVP&R).
  • Candidate will coordinate CAE, design, prototyping, and testing of components and the documentation of those activities.
  • Resolve manufacturing plant, assembly plant, and field issues as necessary.
  • Participate in the team and subgroups in reviewing and updating corporate design best practices, conducting benchmarking exercises and reviewing and critiquing Corporate Designs.
  • The candidate will be responsible for all functional and manufacturing aspects for the valve cover assembly and PCV System. 
  • The candidate will need to work with engine plant and supplier quality personnel to address manufacturing issues and quality issues, need to develop DVP&Rs to ensure that functional objectives are met for design changes and assure that the durability goals are met for these changes. 
  • The candidate will need to participate in post-test reviews including failure analysis, and work closely with suppliers and manufacturing plants to ensure that design changes are robust and feasible for manufacturing.
  • The candidate will need to work with the global teams to resolve component issues in other regions as well as work with other Product Engineers with interfacing components and systems. 
  • A successful candidate must be able to learn quickly, can comfortably interface with people at multiple levels of the corporation, can lead and provide clear direction to suppliers and design staff, and can work as part of a cross functional team.



  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Working knowledge of automotive engines including components and their function.

Preferred Requirements:

  • 3 – 5 years powertrain component design and release experience at an OEM or tier 1 supplier.
  • DFSS certification.
  • Knowledge of fastened joint design.
  • Knowledge of sealing systems.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes for plastic injection molding, rubber seals, and fasteners.
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Knowledge of CAD systems and design softwares.

Other Requirements: 

  • Good communication skills, presentation skills, technical report writing skills, and timeline creation and management skills are required.
  • Good teamwork skills and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to manage suppliers.


Job Number: 1910103065
Job Location: Auburn Hills, MI
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 08/08/2019
Attention: Katie Windhurst
Address: 11828 W CENTRAL STE 100
City, State: WICHITA, KS 67212-5129
Phone: 316/729-1800
800 Phone: 800/333-8644
Fax Phone: 316/729-1857

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