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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: Guildford
Salary: £65,000 - £75,000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: SD4941
Contact Name: Simon Davey
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 22, 2019 11:19

Job Description

Principal Engineer - Vehicle Body Systems (Aluminium)
£65,000 - £75,000

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 innovative manufacturing 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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