Design Release Engineer - Battery Components at General Motors

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Warren, Michigan

Job Description:

About GM

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Job Description

The Battery Component Design Release Engineer is responsible for the design and release of high voltage, lithium-ion battery components. They are involved with the latest battery technology in General Motors electrified vehicles portfolio for both current and future vehicles. They will work with a high-performance team and will be responsible for the design and packaging of battery components. The Battery Design Release Engineer will directly affect the quality, durability and performance of future hybrid, plugin and battery electric vehicles manufactured by GM.

This job is based in General Motor's Warren Technical Center and will work with GM's Global Battery Systems Lab. The lab is a state-of-the-art facility operates 24/7, covers 85,000 square-feet on the Warren Tech Center campus, and has capabilities to test 112 battery packs and 120 battery cells at a time. The General Motors Technical Center has been named a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. The campus opened in 1956 and houses the GM vehicle engineering center, design center, research and manufacturing engineering. It is the workplace of over 18,000 employees on a 1.1 square-mile campus.

Note that during the current Covid epidemic the Battery Pack Engineering team is working remotely whenever possible. The return to work date is currently unknown.

The selected candidate will be invited to join one of the following groups within the Battery Pack Engineering Team. Please note that each candidate will have input into which team they ultimately join:

  • Battery Module Release Group (Responsible for design, release, and execution of battery module components and module integration)

  • Pack Structure and Thermal Components (Responsible for design, release, and execution of structural and coolant hose components within a battery pack)

  • Thermal Mitigation Hardware (Responsible for design, release, and execution of thermal runaway and propagation mitigation components within a battery pack)

  • High Voltage Hardware (Responsible for design, release, and execution of high voltage components within a battery pack)

  • Electrical EVSE (Responsible for design, release, and execution of high voltage electrical vehicle supply equipment components)

  • Battery Pack Electrical - PSDS (Responsible for design, release, and execution of electrical components and wiring within a battery pack).

Additional Job Description

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee design and packaging of battery components

  • Work with Designers to ensure interface and packaging compatibility both internally and externally

  • Work with other component owners to select appropriate designs. Reuse parts where appropriate

  • Work with manufacturing to ensure build ability and to determine quality requirements

  • Work to support manufacturing in root cause

  • Work with service to ensure serviceability

  • Support purchasing in sourcing of components

  • Oversee and support DFMEA and Design Reviews Based on Test Results (DRBTR)

  • Track validation status and review results

  • Resolve all development and validation issues

  • Manage change control

  • Work with the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) Lead Design Release Engineer to execute optimal RESS design

  • Provide and manage component timing plan

  • Execute and support Peer Reviews per program milestones

  • Work with component suppliers to meet design and timing objectives

Required Skills and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering

  • Understanding of engineering theory

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are complex

  • Time management skills to meet agreed upon customer deliverables, able to manage multiple projects

  • Proficient computer skills including analyzing data, creating presentations

  • Interpersonal styles and communication skills to work effectively with local and international team members

  • Technical writing ability to create written engineering evaluation reports

  • Ability to read, interpret and generate engineering drawings and specifications

  • Familiarity with CAD and CAE

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master's degree in Engineering

  • Understanding of energy storage systems principles

  • Understanding of GD&T principles

  • Experience with 'build to print' parts - or - experience writing specifications and managing suppliers with 'build to spec' parts (please clarify)

  • Experience with structural, thermal, electrical analysis tools

  • Experience managing OEMs or suppliers on critical timelines

  • High voltage or electrified vehicle safety training and hands on work experience

  • 5+ Years' experience with a major automotive OEM

  • Design for Six Sigma Certification

  • Experience with Unigraphics NX

Key Behaviors:

  • Drive for Results

  • Dealing with ambiguity

  • Prioritization and decision-making skills

  • Action-oriented

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills

  • Customer-focused

  • Integrity and Trust

  • Problem Solving

  • Conflict management

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values;
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.
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