Product Engineer - Materials


Dearborn, MI, US


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Position Description:

  • Product Materials Engineer, Body Exterior Materials:
  • Manage materials used in automotive body exterior installed assemblies or systems.
  • Depth of knowledge in one or more basic materials used in automotive body exterior components such as resins, elastomers, metals, and fluids.
  • Understanding of compatibility of basic materials associated with secondary operations such as painting, rubber bonding, electroplating, etc.
  • Develop and maintain global material and performance specifications, evaluate, and approve supplier products to these specifications.
  • Direct suppliers in the development and application of appropriate materials.
  • Support material cost reduction initiatives.
  • Review, provide input, correct, and approve engineering drawings and bill of materials for Teamcenter Notices.

Skills Required:

  • Automotive materials knowledge in metals, coatings and plating, resins, elastomers and adhesives.
  • Excellent organization, communication, and presentation skills, self-motivated and self-driven.
  • Ability to develop new laboratory test methods to predict field concerns.
  • Ability to manage complex data sets, develop conclusions and identify next steps.
  • Ability to work in multiple disciplines (STA, Engineering, Research, Laboratory and Design).
  • Ability to describe the operating environment in which the components/systems function.
  • Ability to describe the compatibility of the basic materials within the Ford manufacturing and processing environment including Tier 1suppliers.
  • Develop and manage materials engineering foundation documents and update for prevent recurrence:
  • Material and Performance Specifications
  • Laboratory Test Methods
  • Material Strategies and Design Rules
  • Material property data in Material Center Database
  • Experience in D/PFMEA, Global 8D, failure analysis and prevent recurrence.
  • Provide root cause analysis and materials and process expertise to support resolution for manufacturing, and field issues.
  • Complete proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Being self-motivated, curious, along with organization and communication skills are critical for this position.

Skills Preferred:

  • Automotive testing experience preferred. Understanding of material processes, ranging from supplier manufacturing through application, cure process and internal/external customer requirements.

Experience Required:

  • Technically focused internships and/or cooperative assignments.

Experience Preferred:

  • 1-2 years of Materials Engineering experience in automotive materials is preferred.

Education Required:

  • Bachelor of Science in Material Science & Engineering, Materials Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • Other Related Engineering/Technical Engineering Degree considered.


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