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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Chassis

Nikola Motor Company

This is a Full-time position in Phoenix, AZ posted May 2, 2021.

DescriptionYou’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special.

You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects.

The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you.

Quality and integrity matter to you.We feel exactly the same way.Drive Forward.

Introduce yourself to us and let’s start a conversation.We’re currently on the lookout for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to join the Chassis engineering team.

In this role you will lead analysis, design, validation, and release of one or more of the following teams:Chassis Integration (Chassis Architecture Lead, Vehicle/System/Component Design Specifications, Chassis System Validation, Intra/Cross-Functional Design Lead, Cross Attribute Design Lead)Vehicle Dynamics (Vehicle Dynamics Target Setting, Validation and Certification, Elasto-kinematics and Dynamics Simulation)Suspension (Dampers, Springs, Bushings/Mounts, Ball Joints, Sensors/Controls)Steering (Gears, Columns, Sensors/Controls)Structures (Frames/Subframes, Links/Arms, Pedals, Couplings, Bolted Joints)Wheel End Systems (Brakes, Wheels, Tires, Bearings, Driveline)You Will:Collaborate with cross-functional teams, suppliers, manufacturing, testing, and validation teams on the complete life cycle of the project through product launch, and implementation of lessons learned on subsequent products (cradle-to-cradle responsibility)Apply fundamental physics to lead the progression of design maturity from initial concept to product launch, to next conceptGenerate and review 2D, 3D, and analytical modelsLead definition of appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet function, quality and attribute requirements of the Vehicle ProgramLead development and validation of Vehicle/System Design Specifications incorporating company/industry/regulatory standards, test procedures and material specificationsEnsure system meets targetsLead resolution of design, attribute or packaging incompatibilities through deep collaboration with cross-functional teamsDevelop and maintain the Design Validation Plan and Report (DVP) including both in-house and supplier testing plans, and ensure sign-off tests are completed on scheduleTroubleshoot and resolve all validation issuesSupport the Purchasing team in sourcing and RFQ activitiesSupport vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical)You Have:A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, MET, Automotive Engineering or in a related field6+ years automotive industry mechanical, design or product development experienceStrong grasp of solid mechanics fundamentals (fluid mechanics is a plus)Proven experience in development of at least one of chassis aggregates like suspension and dynamics, steering system, brakes, towing & recovery is requiredWorking knowledge of GD, FMEA, DVP, DFSS, DFA, DFM, APQP, VAVE and problem resolution (8D, Ishikawa diagrams, etc.)Engineering knowledge of defined requirements and validation of component(s) / system(s) design, function, performance, production & manufacturing requirements, testing, and validationExperience using Multibody dynamics simulation experienceFamiliarity with automotive fastening methodsThis position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.