Technical Expert - Mechanisms


On Site
Full Time


Verification and validation
Content strategy
Product strategy
Concept development
Business cases
Product development
Quality assurance
Technical Support
Design analysis
Design review
Mechanical engineering
Systems design
Computer hardware
Apache Struts
Software deployment
Spring Framework
Analytical skill
Static timing analysis
Value engineering

Job Details

Job Description

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This Technical Expert role within Closures & HLM, Vehicle Hardware Engineering, Body Exterior, is an individual contributor leadership role responsible for technical content, strategy and processes related to exterior front, rear and side closure mechanisms, including HLM (Handles, Locks, Latches and Mechanisms), hinges and checks, gas powered struts, movable glass mechanisms and electromechanical mechanisms (power drive units, power struts, and various electric motor driven actuators). In this role, you will serve as the technical expert for all mechanism related matters, ensuring robust design and delivery of components and vehicle systems. You will lead all technical aspects of global product strategy, including product concept development, business case approval, supplier development, product development, verification & validation, launch/sign-off and ongoing support and quality assurance of products in the field. In addition, you will lead technical development of global team members, oversee foundation document creation and enforcement of prevent recurrence, guiding development of standardized tools, methods, and execution.

  • Act as technical architect for Closures & HLM mechanism function on a global scale.
  • Act as technical resource internally and externally on component and vehicle systems. Provide technical support to global teams.
  • Interface closely with technical counterparts (fellow technical experts, core and component engineers and supervisors) to ensure robust system level understanding and execution, as well as issue read across/lessons learned cascade for the Closures & HLM organization.
  • Support full-service supplier (FSS) engineering specification development for robust integration of mechanism components into upper-level systems.
  • Lead technical signoff of mechanism components and sub-systems at critical engineering gateways.
  • Lead development and ongoing maintenance of commodity specific standards, specifications, and verification methods.
  • Lead development and deployment of all commodity foundation documents including DFMEAs, SCCAFs, Boundary Diagrams, P-Diagrams, DVP&R, and integration manuals.
  • Recommend, develop, and verify applications for new and advanced designs.
  • Analyze designs during the development process and address any potential failures and error states.
  • Lead design of new concepts to improve system performance and provide leadership and support for timely implementation.
  • Monitor and investigate new technologies to maintain company position as industry leader in the commodity.
  • Assist Global Chief Engineer and Closures & HLM management in the identification, resolution and presentation of department technical strategies, objectives, mission, and values.
  • Guide and oversee training, mentoring and provide consulting to department engineers, supervisors, and other interfacing functions.
  • Support Campaign Prevention activities for pertinent systems.
  • Provide technical advice and support for mechanism related matters to the Critical Concern Review Group ( CCRG), the Automotive Safety Office (ASO), Office of General the Council (OGC) and Design Analysis teams.
  • Construct and develop simple and complex business cases for various designs and commercial negotiations.
  • Lead design reviews based on Failure Mode Avoidance (FMA).
  • Lead supplier selection and development with cross-functional teams.
  • Lead and drive prevent recurrence process for systems and components.
  • Share and present work to cross-functional teams and executive leadership.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or related field.
  • 10 years total experience with 6 years in HLM and/or electromechanical systems design and release.
  • Experience in automotive product development in all program phases, from pre-program through launch.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in mechanism development including mechanism analysis, system stack up analysis, travel and effort calculations, inertial analysis, spring design and manufacturing, dimensional variation analysis, etc.
  • Working knowledge of mechanism verification, quality, manufacturing, and assembly methods.
  • Working knowledge of interfacing subsystems to enable system optimization, including electromechanical system design, with interface to control modules owned by other organizations.
  • Demonstrated capability and willingness to teach/coach/mentor and document technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated high level of communication skills and teamwork.
  • Experience interfacing with the design studio.
  • Experience working with crash safety.
  • Recognized as a "go-to" person in functional area of expertise.
  • Ability to lead a team in the delivery of technical objectives.

NOTE: After the interview, selected candidates must provide an evidence book detailing education, technical experience, knowledge and competence, key accomplishments, recognitions, training, publications, patents, and any other supporting evidence pertinent to the role.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Ability to drive supply base and interface with supplier leadership.
  • 10+ years of experience in HLM/Electromechanical system design and release
  • Strong understanding of statistical analysis and failure mode avoidance.
  • Capability in CATIA V5, Adams, Enventive or other relevant analytical software tools.
  • Extensive experience and strong technical maturity working on safety critical systems and components.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with all stakeholders including program teams, purchasing, manufacturing, Supplier Technical Assistance (STA) and suppliers.

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder...or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage

Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases

Tuition assistance

Established and active employee resource groups

Paid time off for individual and team community service

A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day

Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

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