CAE Engineer at Magna International

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Job Number: 21800
Group: Magna Powertrain
Division: E-Drive NA
Job Type: Permanent/Regular
Location: TROY

Group Introduction

Transforming mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, safer and lighter. That's what we're passionate about at Magna Powertrain, and we do it by creating world-class powertrain systems. We are a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in design, development, testing and manufacturing of complex powertrain systems. Our name stands for quality, environmental consciousness, and safety. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.

Mission of the Position

Perform CAE, CFD and thermal simulation activities for product/system creation, and/or verification for all innovation and development projects, utilizing internal and with external resources. Responsible to ensure product meets performance specifications prior to creation of physical prototypes. Use analytical tools to determine root cause and design changes required to remedy premature failures. Provide expert advice as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Systematic use simulation early in the design process to prevent failure modes in products and assist in problem resolution.
  • Apply engineering principles and simulation techniques to guide the creation of new and modification of existing product/concepts.
  • Develop 1D/3D component & system level thermal simulation models for electric vehicles.
  • Perform multi-disciplinary & coupled CAE simulations across thermal, structural and CFD domains.
  • Development of thermal simulation methods and the integration into existing/emerging engineering development processes.
  • Developing, maintaining, and overseeing CAE plans to ensure objectives and deliverables are predictably and consistently achieved.
  • Develop and deliver the internal and external presentations and interpretation of results for design reviews.
  • Keep abreast of CAE / CFD technology trends in the automotive/powertrain industry for planning projects.
  • Understand and define the CAE / CFD hardware and software needs of the Department to ensure success.
  • Create manufacturing feasible new product concepts by applying engineering principles and analytical techniques.


Magna Standards

  • Practice and maintain integrity while following Magna's Charter and Constitution.
  • Follow Magna's Code of Conduct and Ethics and related compliance policies.
  • Supports and adheres to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality management system (IATF).
  • Drive the development of new technologies to improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures to ensure duties of self are performed in a safe manner.
  • Health & Safety responsibilities:
    • Understand applicable Environmental, Health & Safety policies and procedures in the workplace.
    • Report unsafe conditions immediately.
    • Report injuries, accidents, illnesses, near misses, property damage immediately.
    • Follow safety rules.
    • Comply with requirements for the use or operation of machines or equipment.
    • Comply with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Create a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional/technical knowledge.
  • Develop and maintain a responsive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external customers.
  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust and respect.
  • Complete additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

Customers and Business Interfaces

  • Systems Engineering, eDS
  • Systems Engineering, DS
  • Building Block Engineering
  • NVH Engineering
  • Test Engineering
  • eMotor Engineering
  • Software & Inverter Engineering


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering required. Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3 - 5 years related work experience in thermal CAE. Experience in powertrain systems preferred.
  • Significant experience in thermal analysis for electric vehicles
  • Strong product development, planning and analytical skills.
  • Experience with CAE software like KULI, ABAQUS, ANSYS, OpenFoam, StarCCM+ or similar tools
  • Demonstrated proficiency in simulations and analysis tools and methods.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as teamwork skills.


Work Environment

Office environment; 20% travel required.

While working in this environment, the employee will be exposed to machinery, moving equipment and material, moderate noise, airborne particles, fumes, and various levels of temperature created by manufacturing processes.

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit
More Information on Magna International
Magna International operates in the Automotive industry. The company is located in Novi, MI and Troy, MI. Magna International was founded in 1957. It has 29806 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 18 open jobs at Magna International, click here.
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