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Principal Engineer - Vehicle Body (BIW) Systems

Principal Engineer - Vehicle Body (BIW) Systems

Job Title: Principal Engineer - Vehicle Body (BIW) Systems
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Surrey
Salary: £competitive
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: NG4941
Contact Name: Nick Gerrell
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 20, 2019 10:19

Job Description

Principal Engineer - Vehicle Body (BIW) Systems 
Perm or contract
Our automotive client is a world leader in the design and manufacture of concept and prototype vehicles with particular focus on environmentally friendly, small city cars displaying energy efficiency and lightweight characteristics. 
Principle Accountabilities:
Principal engineers within Vehicle Body Systems and Architecture Design are responsible for design and release of Body and Interior components across all projects . This role requires specific knowledge of welded aluminium BIW design to support ongoing development of the iStream® process.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities within Vehicle Body Systems and Architecture Design:
Provide leadership of the design and engineering of the welded aluminium based body in white structures 
Lead other members of the Vehicle Body System and Architecture Design team to prepare 2D concept sections, 3D part models, 3D assembly models and any associated 2D drawings as required
Provide input data to CAE and support any other Vehicle Engineering activities
Liaise with styling to support feasible design solutions with regard to manufacturing, assembly and homologation
Coordinate with other Principal Engineers and Project Managers to ensure technical targets, program timings and budgetary requirements are met
Liaise with the Prototype Workshop to provide feasible design solutions and support workshop activities pre, during and post-vehicle build
Schedule design activities to meet engineering deliverables that deliver to required specifications within timescales and budgets
Contribute to complete and effective engineering plans and schedules, including planning own activities
Experience and Qualifications:
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
It is anticipated that you will have 10 years relevant automotive experience at an appropriate consultancy or OEM
You will be educated to a degree level in a mechanical or aeronautical discipline
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