Key player in the design-build-test process for development of mechanisms capability within Woodbridge.
Design, analysis, and system integration of the tilt, folding, and sliding mechanisms in automotive seating system headrests, armrests, etc. including:
Developing the hardware selection
Defining mechanism degrees of freedom and latching states,
Material selection and mechanism designs for durability, low weight, and simplicity
Integration of the strap and gear selection mechanisms considering assembly operator ergonomics
Participate as a key player in the design-build-test process for development of mechanisms capability within Woodbridge, including conceptual, preliminary and detailed design, requirements definition, design reviews, prototyping, and testing.
Coordinate and communicate effectively with other engineers, technical personnel, management, and external suppliers
Provide guidance to designers on CAD work in support of design activities, direct drafting and product definition staff in the application of manufacturing drawing best practices, and define appropriate GD&T
Perform analyses, via hand calculations, kinematic simulations, and FEA, to validate designs
Support and participate in testing activities component, drive, and/or flight as needed, including test plan creation, data analysis, and test report generation and documentation
Support the Validation team with compliance and certification activities including design, test, and analysis documentation, internal and external audits, and other activities as needed
Will be responsible for all phases of engineering & interfacing with suppliers and other engineers on the design team to coordinate CAD, CAE, and design validation & verification
Leading design reviews based on Failure Mode Avoidance & maintaining DVP&R/PVP&R, developing & proving out load critical & position critical joints.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and 5+ years technical work experience, or; Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and 3+ years technical work experience
Demonstrated experience designing robust, lightweight mechanisms for seating systems – Headrest & Armrest in vehicles including operator controls
Expertise performing static and kinematic analyses for mechanical systems
User ability for CATIA/NX CAD system, ADAMS/LS-DYNA, Kinematic Modeling, FEA, etc.
Proficiency in Engineering Disciplines (DFMEA, PFMEA, DVP&R, Tolerance Analysis, 8-D, Control Plans, Reliability/Robustness Matrices, etc.)
Experience with finite element analysis in SolidWorks Simulation or an equivalent embedded FEA tool
Production of manufacturing drawings including selection of dimension tolerances
Familiarity with material selection to meet strength, weight, durability, and cost targets
Proven experience with rapid design cycles: taking a design from concept through detailed design, build and test
Outstanding organization, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
Familiarity with basic shop tools (hand, power, mill, lathe, etc.)
Proven ability to select appropriate bearing types/sizes, implement latches, and design linkages
Formal training and professional experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
Background in designing with automotive grade materials including fiber reinforced composites
Exposure to ANSYS Workbench, FEMAP/NASTRAN or any similar sophistication FEA software
Familiarity with MSC Adams or similar sophistication rigid-body kinematics simulation software
Exposure to low or medium volume production environments, particularly in automotive industry
Internal Number: 834733
About The Woodbridge Group
The Woodbridge Group® a global manufacturer of foam products and just in time assembly & sequencing for diversified products offers innovative urethane and bead foam technologies, to serve the automotive industry and several other business sectors around the globe. Since its inception in 1978, the company has grown to more than 60 facilities throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.The key competitive strength for The Woodbridge Group® continues to revolve around its people and their commitment to improve everything they do. With over 9,000 employees worldwide, The Woodbridge Group® is focused on evolving workplace safety, sustainable environmental stewardship and enduring customer satisfaction, in each of the markets they serve.