AM General Sr. Product Designer in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Sr. Product DesignerAuburn Hills, MI 48326

Company Overview:

AM General LLC,headquartered in South Bend, Ind., with major facilities in nearby Mishawaka, Ind., Auburn Hills, Mich., Franklin, Ohio, and offices in Arlington, Va., designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide.

Through its Military business, the company is recognized as a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries.

AM General’s growing Commercial business includes three wholly owned subsidiaries: diesel engine manufacturer General Engine Products, automatic transmission manufacturer General Transmission Products, and Mobility Ventures, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities. AM General is also proud to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to be its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Ind.

AM General has more than six decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

Position Summary:

Working with Engineering Director and staff to produce advances in design as well as supporting current product to help reach the overall objectives of the organization.


  • Responsible for creating new designs and following them from prototype through production release

  • The candidate shall have the capability to generate robust designs that are optimized with regards to manufacturability, weight and cost

  • The candidate shall have the capability to generate vehicle general packaging studies (HFE)

  • Candidate shall possess knowledge and skills in the subject position, and be able to resolve issues and develop feasible solutions using prior experience

  • Candidate must be a self-starter, highly motivated and work with minimal guidance

  • Track record of developing innovative design solutions and problem solving

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with various stakeholders by communicating project status, issues and next steps

  • Working with various CAD and PDM systems including:

  • NX 11, or newer

  • Teamcenter visualization

  • Teamcenter PLM

  • Process changes to models and drawings as required

  • Generate vehicular integration/packaging solutions

  • Follow corporate and departmental standards & procedures

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Required Skills:

  • Working knowledge of GD&T and descriptive geometry

  • Familiarity will military specifications and standards

  • Ability to apply SAE standards regarding H-Point, AHP, seat belt anchorage zones, eye ellipse, obscuration studies, etc.

  • Ability to complete Chassis component design (CAD), package, platform architecture studies, steering and suspension kinematics studies

  • Ability to generate Powertrain integration/packaging solutions

  • NX Human Modeling

  • NX Vehicle Design Automation

  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office software

Required CAD Experience:

  • Min. 15 years’ experience in 3D CAD modeling

  • Min. 10 years’ experience in component design and packaging

  • Min. 5 years’ experience with NX, parametric modeling and detailing

Additional Preferred Experience:

  • Having knowledge of multiple CAD systems is highly desirable

  • Creo Parametric 2.0 or newer

  • Teamcenter visualization

  • Teamcenter PLM

  • NX Motion

  • NX Routing

  • Vehicle Design Automation (Human Factors)

  • Jack software

Physical Effort:

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and or move objects up to 25 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routine uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and copy, fax and scanning machines.