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Digital Vehicle Engineer

Digital Vehicle Engineer

Job Title: Digital Vehicle Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Midlands
Salary: £25,000 - £50,000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JW5402
Contact Name: Jonathan Webb
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 20, 2020 09:46

Job Description

Digital Vehicle Engineer
Permanent - Midlands 

I am seeking a Junior & Senior Digital Vehicle Engineer to join my EV Client in the midlands

Reporting Lines:
Solid line reporting to Digital Vehicle Manager, working closely with the Principal Engineers across the R&D team.

We believe that maximising the use of virtual tools is the most cost-effective and efficient route to ensuring accurate and robust design data. Our aim is to interrogate the designs thoroughly in the virtual world to:
1. Minimise the dependence on expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes
2. Ensure designs are compatible, complete, robust and optimal prior to committing production tooling
3. Improve time-to-market and minimise late design change
4. Ensure manufacturing, attribute and quality targets are met by design

The Digital Vehicle Series is a process of successive builds and analysis loops of full vehicle Engineering Data (CAD, Non-Geometric Data and Models) as a technique for achieving the above.
Role Description / Key Objectives and Responsibilities

The Digital Vehicle Engineer is responsible for;
• Defining, setting up and running the Digital Vehicle Series, applying all the rigour and urgency normally seen in physical pre-production builds
• Defining data submission milestones & data quality targets, coordinating data freeze points, conducting virtual build reviews, logging issues and resolution
• Seeking out, researching and implementing virtual tools & methods that maximise the value of build events, represent industry best practice but still offer value for money
• Conducting virtual builds to:
o Assess Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) suitability
o Conduct ergonomic assessment
o Review physical/dimensional compatibility, including dimensional analysis
o Assist Manufacturing Engineering assumptions (manning levels, jig/fixtures needs, process time etc)
o Assess tooling feasibility and avoid complex tooling
• Logging and managing the resolution of build issues
• Authoring/implementing a design gateway checklist process to set objective measures of compatibility, completeness and quality of design data
Overall, the Digital Vehicle Engineer will form a close working relationship with multiple Functional Groups to take a shared ownership of meeting design completion objectives.

Education & Experience
• Minimum 5 years relevant automotive experience
• Direct experience of full vehicle build activities
• Experienced in coordinating Engineering Data (CAD, NGD & Models) in the digital environment
• Experience of setting up and running Digital / Virtual series (ideally in an OEM environment)
• Thorough understanding of virtual tools – PLM, Digital Mock-Up, Clash Detection, CAE etc