Senior Engineer - CAD Closure Trim & Mechanisms

Rate: £26-28ph

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Contract

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 28116-ms

Expiration date: 26 December 2017

The purpose of the CAD Engineer - Locks and Latches is to design and develop closure latching systems and handle mechanisms for future vehicle programmes.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks

The key responsibilities and tasks of the role include:

• Create and update designs for body mechanisms components and installations on new vehicle programmes using UG NX. (including interior / exterior door handles, latching systems, deploying tow-bar, wash-wipe system, exterior trim / mouldings)
• Create and update component drawings to Aston Martin Lagonda drafting standards.
• Manage Computer Aided Design product structure and coordinate all data import / export to/from suppliers
• Produce engineering sections and concept Computer Aided Design models to support design theme and vehicle hard-point development
• Work under the direction of Project Engineer and Commodity Leader on day-day basis.
• Investigate concerns from component testing, and vehicle builds to establish root cause and design permanent corrective actions.
• Support virtual build events and other cross functional reviews to ensure compatibility of components with interfacing systems and design surfaces.
• Assist in developing component and system function, quality and attribute targets and ensure that all designs are compatible with these targets.
• Participate in Failure Mode Avoidance activities including Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and physical testing on bucks, rigs and prototype vehicles.

Qualifications & Experience

The successful applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:


• Experience gained within the design and integration of automotive body mechanisms, exterior trim and/or closure systems.
• Experienced in designing components for one or more of the following commodity groups: Handles, Locks & latches, wash-wipe systems, exterior glazing and sealing systems.
• Experienced Computer Aided Design user (Siemens NX)
• Design of sheet metal brackets, injection moulded trim panels, latch and striker installations and associated cable routings.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision within cross-functional teams and with external suppliers to solve complex engineering problems
• Ability to work to under pressure to agreed deadlines and cost targets.


• Engineering degree (or equivalent).
• Developing concept package / layouts for closures and/or latching systems
• A working knowledge of component manufacturing and tooling requirements (including injection moulding, stamping, casting, fabrication).
• Design of mechanisms in Computer Aided Design including basic kinematic / stress analysis
• Ability to work with other Body Engineering functions to develop vehicle package concepts and component installations to meet manufacturing, ergonomic, design and function targets
• Familiar with design verification testing and Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis