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Designer, Body Closures in Irvine, CA at Karma Automotive

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Irvine, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Greater than 15 years
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising.

We make beautiful, ecologically sensitive products, and we will provide a memorable ownership experience for our customers.

Our work environment is casual, and our culture is results-oriented.

Designer responsible for designing Closures Door-In-White, SMC Panels, and Hardware (to include forged, and stamped hinges). 


  • Design parts from initial design, to prototype phase, and production
  • Create and manage EBOM (Engineering Bill of Materials), including material selection and finish
  • Coordinate release of engineering changes, and appropriate documentation
  • Provide weekly updates of progress, goals and road blocks
  • Apply budget constraints as part of the engineering design process
  • Able to work within a cross-functional team to achieve goals
  • Verify styling theme feasibility (manufacturing, ergonomic, service, safety, regulatory etc.)
  • Understand and update Engineering documentation such as TES’s (Tech. Spec’s), DFMEA’s (Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and DVP’s (Design Verification Plan)
  • Able to coordinate and complete mock-up of parts for evaluation
  • Able to work closely with suppliers to achieve goals
  • Track open issues via issue tracking process, drive communication to closure of issues
  • Plan for parts timing alignment with overall program timing plan
  • Excellent communication skills and team player approach required
  • Consults with colleagues and supervisor as required
  • Report and escalate major issues immediately to Supervisor
  • Able to develop criteria sections for future vehicles
  • Conduct vehicle benchmark studies / technical research of competitive products, present findings and suggest recommendations


  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering or 15+ year experience required
  • 5 Plus Years Sheet Metal and/or Hardware Design Release Engineering experience
  • 5-10 Plus Years Component Design/Engineering Development
  • CATIA V5 experience required
  • SmarTeam experience preferred
  • Experience or knowledge of root cause analysis or Design of Experiment
  • Previous OEM and automotive experience required
  • Previous Design Release Engineer experience in Product Engineering required
  • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred
  • Dimensional Management and Dimensional Checking experience preferred. Understanding of GD&T required
  • Experience with Design Verification Plan & Report (DVP&R)
  • Experience with Design Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
  • Experience with Frameless Door Systems preferred
  • Experience in developing and working Criteria Development Section (Typical Sections)
  • Willingness to travel to supplier, and assembly plant during launch
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and others
  • Experience or knowledge of forming processes such as stamping, injection moldings, casting, and extrusions

NO 3rd Party Recruiters.  Principals Only, Please

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.