Senior Engineer - CAE

Salary: £35,000 - £42,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27662-jh

Expiration date: 07 October 2017


Job Purpose: The purpose of the Lead CAE is to provide Computer Aided Engineering crash analysis support for new vehicle programmes.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:
The key responsibilities and tasks of the role include:

  • Provide structural analysis and design support to the Body Engineering team.
  • Utilise Compute Aided Engineering tools and other calculation methods to assist the design of components, systems and full vehicle to meet performance, weight and cost targets.
  • Analysing and designing the next generation of the Company’s platform and providing support to current programmes if required.
  • Lead the analysis of a range of crash, stiffness and strength loadcases throughout the programme.
  • To be involved in the construction of finite element analysis models within existing naming, numbering and model construction processes.
  • Assist in the target setting process, including the development of Design Specifications.
  • Lead the Failure Mode Avoidance (FMA) process and ensuring that components/systems meet all relevant targets.
  • Provide support and advice to the Body Engineering Computer Aided Design teams regarding geometry, materials and fixings.
  • Provide support for Programme Module Team and Programme Module Sub Team functions as required.


Qualifications & Experience:
The successful applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Educated to Degree level in a Mechanical, Automotive or Aeronautical Engineering discipline or similar.
  • Experience using LS-Dyna and Nastran/LS-Dyna Implicit.
  • Extensive automotive industry experience with a broad knowledge of automotive engineering design and manufacturing, particularly relating to body structures and interior trim.
  • Working knowledge of world safety standards and test procedures.
  • Excellent understanding of mechanical engineering theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of materials used in the high-performance automotive or aerospace sectors, e.g. aluminium alloys and carbon composites.
  • The ability to construct a full vehicle crash model from scratch.
  • Practical experience of FE pre- and post-processing software (e.g. Hyperworks, Oasys suite, Ansa, Medina Mesher etc).
  • Ability to manage and oversee less experienced Computer Aided Engineers.
  • Basic knowledge of Computer Aided Design tools (preferably NX).
  • Post holder must be capable of integrating into a successful and dynamic team and keen to take on a challenge.
  • A proactive and positive approach to work and the ability to learn quickly.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deliver to demanding targets and tight deadlines.
  • Occasional travel to support supplier visits, conferences and/or component/full vehicle testing. For this reason a full UK driving licence is preferable, but not essential.