Job: Design Release Engineer (Automotive)

Title Design Release Engineer (Automotive)
Categories Michigan
Salary Up to $100K annually
Location Southfield, MI
Job Information

Tier 1 Automotive supplier located in Southfield, MI seeks a Design Release Engineer (DRE) to join their team as a DIRECT HIRE. The selected candidate will lead assigned projects by serving as technical and program leader responsible for product design and development from prototype phase to production. Hybrid work model includes 2 days office and 3 days from home.

Why Work Here

  • Employee satisfaction: We support our employees in their development through individual training and long-term activities; regular employee surveys serve as important feedback
  • Customer satisfaction: Being close to our customers means listening to individual problems; our goal is long-lasting customer relationships with strong partners
  • Commitment to research and innovation: In our three key markets – automotive, industrial and elevator – we are technical pioneers; we actively exploit synergies across these markets
  • Stability: From the founding over 75 years ago, there has been growth into an international group of companies that continue to be family owned


  • Represent company at all customer technical and design review program meetings
  • Routing, packaging, and design of automotive wire harness (power cables) and components in collaboration with customer and OEM defined requirements
  • Lead customer interface for program change control and technical issues
  • Initiate customer plant product trials documenting results and obtaining required customer approvals
  • Interface with customer cross functional teams as well as internal cross functional teams to achieve all program milestones both customer and internal development timeline
  • Ensure design meets customer and internal specifications
  • Collaborate with DVP&R (Design Verification Process and Report) internal team to validate product according to customer requirements
  • Maintain program specific product DFMEA (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) in collaboration from appropriate teams globally
  • Maintain program specific open issues list and ensure timely closure of all issues
  • Evaluate all customer information for accuracy and be able to effectively communicate to internal cross functional teams
  • Collaborate with various department team members globally to ensure compliance to core company processes and methods
  • Lead assigned projects by serving as technical and program deliverable responsible for product design and development from prototype phase to production


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and/or Engineering Technology
  • 3+ years of experience in automotive Tier I supplier environment with DRE background
  • Self-directed and motivated to complete tasks and resolve issues with minimal direction
  • Able to interface with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams globally
  • Good working knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Automotive Wire Harness and/or Power Cable design release experience is highly desired


  • Direct hire opportunity, salary commensurate with experience
  • 10 paid vacation days, 5 paid personal/sick days, and 13 paid holidays
  • 401K Retirement Plan (100% match up to maximum of 4%)
  • Employer Paid: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Short/Long Term Disability, Life Insurance
  • Hybrid work model: 2 days office, 3 days home


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