Assistant Chief Engineer/Manager Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Engineering

Fiat USA   •  

Auburn Hills, MI

Industry: Automotive.


8 - 10 years

Posted 339 days ago

The Assistant Chief Engineer shall lead or sponsor all technical aspects of purchased heavy duty diesel engine integration to achieve customer requirements, functional targets and quality. Scope includes base powertrain, adaptation/packaging, NVH, fuel efficiency, performance, durability and engine emissions. The Assistant Chief Engineer is also responsible for Engine and Vehicle launch issue resolution, as well as, quality/warranty improvement efforts.

Core Technical Responsibilities:

  • Develop Engine System Interface Function Models, FMEA and DVP
  • Ensure all system interfaces are defined and tracked
  • Identify requirements and collect supplier and cross-functional department information/data/facts to make technical decisions to meet functional objectives within program scope
  • Manage engine selection process and Review Sub-System Technical Specifications (SSTS) for engine and adaptation systems to ensure stated vehicle objectives can be met with selected hardware
  • Make all final technical decisions for the powertrain function in conjunction with engine supplier
  • Communicate key technical decisions and issues to executive management
  • Ensure technical risks and issues have clear path to resolution
  • Ensure ER&D rollup is accurate and comprehensive
  • Manage core ER&D costs allocated to the correct project as appropriate for purchased engines
  • Ensure designs and systems follow CoE and benchmarking best practices with full use of upfront CAE analysis and simultaneous engineering
  • Confirm component and systems are designed to meet interface specifications and verification/validation testing are completed with efficient use of resources to reduce lead time and development costs
  • Encourage and promote possible patents as a result of product innovation
  • Support development timing and costs in response to requests for product change or new product investigations (Platform management lead)
  • Approve technical aspects of IAA’s / CN’s, including appropriate Function Model/DVP&R/DFMEA, and sponsor them through the change review process

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage and develop staff to deliver program goals
  • Manage engine suppliers to meet all engine functional objectives, engine interface requirements, assembly plant interface
  • Single point contact for managing technical issues with engine supplier
  • Release engine assembly into FCA systems
  • Establish Statement of Work/Source Package and business model with the selected engine system supplier
  • Manage procurement and invoicing of ED&D and direct material funds to supplier within budget
  • Manage cross functional engineering teams to meet diesel integration objectives
  • Manage assigned development vehicle fleet
  • Deliver engine quality targets Lead/support cross-functional issues investigations to address warranty and service concerns
  • Manage engine supplier to achieve technical cost targets (launch and continuous improvement)
  • Support Service Engineering and MOPAR initiatives — review/approve service bulletins, assist developing service procedures/fault trees, assist resolution of ‘out of production’ service and maintenance part supply issues
  • Support issuance of RRTs and field action documents
  • Develop permanent corrective action documents
  • Lead/support resolution of plant build and production issues (with SQ, Logistics, Purchasing) — PRI’s and yard actions
  • Support / approve diesel content development of diesel owner’s manual and or related supplements/TIPs cards
  • Resolve engine and related vehicle plant build and test issues
  • Support FCA Assembly Plant launch

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • 10+ years of engineeringexperience in progressively more responsible roles
  • 3+ years of experience in supervision or in a direct team leadership role
  • Strong understanding of base engine operation and interface requirements
  • Understanding of engine/transmission calibration development process and OBD
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presenting complex material to various audiences
  • Strong leadership and problem solving skills with a bias for action and issue resolution
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a time constrained environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in an Engineering discipline or an MBA or related degree
  • Knowledge in powertrain product development processes
  • Knowledge in application of Functional Block Diagrams, Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Design Validation Plan and Report (DVP&R)
  • Proven ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects to successful conclusion
  • System Level Thinker — The ability to understand how the different powertrain components and systems are interdependent