The Lead Model Design Engineer will be responsible for the design and development of scale models for aerodynamic testing and analysis in a scale model wind tunnel facility. The engineer will use design expertise and project management abilities rooted in solid engineering principles and be capable of working independently with direction from the client's manager or aerodynamicist.
• Completes mechanical and aerodynamic designs for wind tunnel scale models
• Creates new mechanical and aerodynamic designs under the direction of the aerodynamicist to a good accuracy and attention to detail levels
• Ability to work efficiently and effectively within tight timelines
• Ability to perform complex troubleshooting and resolve any design and manufacturing issues
• Creates comprehensive documentation of new designs and design modifications for tests
• Maintains current fleet of wind tunnel scale models and implements updates as required
• Tracks project schedules to ensure adherence to timelines
• Schedules, develops agendas for, facilitates and documents project meetings
• Facilitates project flow involving regular contact with other staff members
• Supports purchasing with sourcing suggestions, different manufacturing methods, part substitution evaluations, Vendor evaluations, etc.
• Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
• Strong background and prior experience in automotive aerodynamics
• Minimum 10 years of experience in wind tunnel scale model CAD design and 3D modeling/surfacing
• Minimum 5 years of experience with racing or race teams
• Training in Automotive Styling or Industrial Design strongly preferred
• Creative, analytical thinker with attention for detail
• Ability to create innovative design solutions
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent time management, planning, communication, and organizational skills
• Self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team in a fast paced environment with minimum supervision
Lifting less than 50 lbs, 25%
Slip resistant hardened toe shoes, safety glasses, hearing protection in designated areas, 100%
Sitting (75%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), Stooping (35%)
Exposure to high noise areas possible in test facility, 25%
Inside, office environment, test lab, 100%
Exposure to test equipment, 25%
May require occasional local travel, 25%
Equipment and Machines
Computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, 100%
Occasional use of hand tools, 25%
Criticality of Attendance
Regularly Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Must be flexible with available time to cover off-shift and weekend testing, 100%
Regular attendance and punctuality are critical, 100%
Work hours are normally 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important, but not critical, except for deadlines and meetings. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines. Must exhibit flexibility of work hours to adjust to surge situations based on critical mission requirements.
Other essential functions
Must complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, health performance evaluation, and background check.
Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to employees or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Independent personal transportation to office or work site is required. Travel to and from customer's locations and the test fields may be required to support projects. This may involve airline travel. In some cases, accommodations can possibly be made for POV, if necessary. When operating any vehicle for work purposes, must wear seat belt and in addition, no cellular devices are to be used when vehicle is in motion.