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Application Development Engineer -- Plastics / Automotive

Warren, MI

Function: Engineering Job Number: JN -092018-6806

Job Description

Our client, a leading Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry, is seeking an Application Development Engineer with extensive plastics or composite material experience within the automotive industry. This company is a world leader in the manufacturing of construction materials, automotive components such as GMT, EPP, and interior decorations, and other plastics products such as packing materials and films.

This role will interface with various groups

at the OEMs including Materials Engineering, Design and Release Engineering,

Studio and Program Managers. The Application Development Engineer (ADE) will

communicate customer and market needs and initiate new application and

technology development projects that enhance the value proposition of Company' s

products and lead to the achievement of short and long term growth targets.


Develop and leverage engineering relationships

with OEM and customer stakeholders to identify and facilitate future growth


Secure new OEM material and performance

specification approvals required for current and future use of our products.

Provide fast and competent technical assistance

to customers, account managers.

Prepare and hold technical presentations for


Achieve targeted growth of the business via

increased penetration of our products into validated applications and

translation into new applications and markets.

Develop marketing and engineering support tools

such as application translation guides, product positioning guides and product

design guides to assist in the global translation of our product technologies.

Identify new technology development

opportunities via customer needs mapping, competitive assessment, and market

related research.

Desirable Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Bachelor s degree in engineering.

3+ years experience as a plastic application development engineer or a product engineer at a supplier of automotive plastic parts.

Thorough knowledge of plastics and composite

material (properties, design, molding and finishing process).

Preferred understanding of SMC.

Understand part development process of each


Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of

auto part application performance requirements and physical test

methods/standards; and composite part and tooling design relationships.

A demonstrated ability to effectively make

decisions; set clear measurable and aggressive objectives for projects and

programs; break complex problems into manageable tasks; and define end dates

and meet deadlines is essential.

Ideal candidate will be a highly motivated,

self-starter with strong communication skills, both oral and written who

demonstrates the ability to influence in a highly matrixed organization.

self-starter with strong communication skills, both oral and written who

demonstrates the ability to influence in a highly matrixed organization.

Hands-on experience with Structural Analysis, plastic part design, and plastic part tooling for thermoforming, compression molding.

Strong written, verbal, interpersonal and

organizational skills.

Self-directed and team-oriented.


To apply please email irais.Pierson@culvercareers.Com
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