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Senior Design Release Engineer – Exterior in Irvine, CA at Karma Automotive

Date Posted: 7/11/2018

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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.

The  Senior Design Release Engineer- Exterior   is responsible for initiating the engineering development process for Exterior Trim, Lighting Subsystems and components.


  • Responsible for initiating the engineering development process of vehicle body Exteriors and Lighting Systems and Components and generating technical solutions for current and new programs;
  • Performs body integration analysis and understands performance analysis, diagnoses and corrects deficiencies;
  • Develop engineering designs (including subsystems);
  • Specify and balance system requirements;
  • Maintain and deliver per launch cadence, interfacing with cross-functional partners and executing required deliverables on time;
  • Perform appropriate component level studies/alternatives and recommends direction based on cost, mass, timing, design for assembly, variation and other imperatives;
  • Work on maintaining cost and mass controls;
  • Communicate, coordinate and consult with engineering departments and coordinate with Suppliers and/or internal customers and conduct technical and design reviews;
  • Negotiate the criteria, best practices, and other key requirements to cross-functional team members to achieve robust design that meets imperatives;
  • Define interface control document requirements for component parts and works with others to resolve issues;
  • Initiate supportive prototype build programs;
  • Specify corporate, program and regulatory requirements;
  • Lead execution and evaluation of designs, analysis, development and control of major engineering projects where creativity and initiative are involved and exhibit a level of independent judgment;
  • Interface with multiple cross-functional partners, including Manufacturing, Design office, Quality, Purchasing, CAE and key suppliers;
  • Manage program and Exercises technical direction over suppliers and supplier engineering support personnel;
  • Assure Suppliers are able to meet/exceed regulatory and corporate requirements for the global marketplace


  • SME or BSEE
  • 5+ years experience with Exteriors, focused on lighting DV/PV development test requirements and processes;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Lighting Components systems, including Lighting Components fit and function. Impact of Lighting Components design and fit. Material selection process.;
  • Experience with pre-production or launch build events, Product Development Teams, Issue Resolution Teams, Problem Solving activities, Supplier Selection, Supplier Reviews, and other technical reviews;
  • Knowledge of overall vehicle assembly process, along with manufacturing processes for components and sub-systems, including Lighting Components hang process;
  • Demonstrated understanding of dimensional principles, including GD&T, variation management, variation analysis, and measurement systems/techniques;
  • Knowledgeable of impact of Lighting Components on sub-system & vehicle imperatives;
  • Experience to Engineering tools, including PPAP, DFMEA, PFMEA, DFA, DFSS & Red X;
  • Packaging experience and criteria are helpful along with Basic understanding of specifications and release terms;
  • Low volume lighting manufacturing knowledge and processes and understanding of injection and other molding process and techniques.

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.