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Senior Designer, Digital Surfacing in Irvine, CA at Karma Automotive

Date Posted: 3/6/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Irvine, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 10 year(s)
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Job Description

Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. 

We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience.

The Senior Designer, Digital Surface & Imaging will develop, create, maintain & validate CAS (Class ‘A’ Surface) data within the Karma Automotive Digital Surface & Imaging Department.

This role will work in our Irvine, California corporate office.


  • Develop, create, maintain and validate high quality component, assembly & total vehicle surface data required for completing program(s) on time & to the associated process & standards.
  • Ensure relative aesthetic adjustments are incorporated under the direction of the CAS leadership, while working with the Studio designers as required.
  • Ensure relative criteria issues are resolved in a timely manner & updated within the issue management system.
  • Assist department leadership with Digital Surface design reviews & support total vehicle design reviews if needed.
  • Support the Design Studio with concept projects & general studies, under the guidance of the CAS department leadership.
  • Support the Engineering department with relative studies & criteria establishment involving surface data, under the guidance of the CAS department leadership.
  • Create additional CAD data, including solid models, to support various build activities when required.
  • Must be able to create & validate high quality Class ‘A’ Surface data, while incorporating criteria & process standards.
  • Must be able to maintain component & assembly CAS data in the relative PDM system.
  • Must be able to evaluate all associated tasks & apply accurate completion timing.
  • Must display the ability to identify problems, elevate concerns, recommend solutions & resolve issues.
  • Must be able to accept personal responsibility & accountability for assignment execution & quality of work.
  • Must be able to communicate efficiently & effectively with internal & external departments & work equally well within a team or individually as required.


Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of concept to launch program execution, with emphasis on sketch to clay to scan to surface to solid model design, development & execution. CAS Modeling best practices & DQ&V.
  • Knowledge of automotive vehicle systems with an emphasis on automotive exteriors & interiors.

Additional Expertise Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, Best Practices, Exterior/Interior Development Processes, Global Safety Requirements, Regulations & Zones (including FMVSS & ECE/ECC), Packaging, Dimensional Engineering, Continuous Improvement & Aesthetic Design (Studio).

Experience / Education:

  • Must have a minimum of 10 years in CAS development and modeling, with 7 years in automotive environments. Solid Modeling, Rendering & Animation capabilities are a plus.
  • Alias &/or Catia (ISD) preferred. Other systems strongly considered.
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Design preferred but not required with equivalent extensive experience.
  • Basic PC skills required (Email, Excel, Word, etc.) PDM experience is a plus.
  • Ability to travel nationally & internationally may be requested.

Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.  Relocation assistance is available.

NO 3rd Party Recruiters.  Principals Only, Please

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity.  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.