Innovation Optical Engineer

| Detroit, MI, USA | Hybrid
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About us
We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That's why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.
Forward. For all.
Group Summary
The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.
Your Responsibilities

  • Design and development of new products, features, and/or systems that intrgrates Advanced Lighting Technology into current and future OEM programs to ensure successful launches.
  • Investigate, develop, and prototype new lighting concepts, processes, and applications that will raise the company's competitive position with the intent of commercializing the technology.
  • Undertake engineering studies of new optical technologies applicable to automotive.
  • Research through paper, internet, seminars, or any practical means.
  • Determine regulatory framework applicable.
  • Educate co-workers on developed technologies.
  • Oversee or perform design work needed to build operational prototypes.
  • Develop and implement best practices and lessons learned.
  • Identify, budget, and procure required test equipment.
  • Efficently design optical solutions with accurate performance and lit appearance.
  • Benchmarks cutting edge optical simulation software.
  • Incorporates industry regulations into sub-systems and full vehicle systems relative to development projects.
  • Interfaces with Material Suppliers to establish advanced material(s) direction for the design and development of current and future products.
  • Sketches concept ideas in order to facilitate and direct designers and support engineers on new product developments.
  • Proficient in ASAP, Lucidshape, LightTools, Speos-Optis, or other Lighting Optical development software.
  • Leads and mentors Junior Advanced Optical Engineers
  • Directs prototype mock-ups in tooling and fabrication to ensure accuracy.
  • Creates development DVP&R. Ensures the completion of critical testing to complete EVs/DVs as required.
  • Suppots/Develops Project costs and timing constraints.
  • Completes and maintains electronic and hardcopy development project books.
  • Maintains awareness of current industry trends.
  • Participates in periodic Technology Design Reviews.
  • Identifies and pursues new product concepts for development through Benchmarking activites.
  • Assists in the protection and execution of intellectual property (i.e. Patent Searches, Patent Disclosures)
  • Provides ongoing technical support/direction throughout product life cycle to Platform Application Groups.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Your preferred qualifications

  • BS Degree in Engineering, four year degree, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with light manufacturing processes
  • Hands on mechanical capability
  • Advanced computer experience including Catia, LucidShape, ASAP, and MS Office
  • Advanced mathematics
  • Programming development in Python, C, or C++
  • Scripting for Design Tools (in Lucidsape, Grasshopper, etc.)


Who we are looking for

  • Demonstrated leader in knowledge and experience of the execution of automotive lighting optical systems
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Able to communicate and negotiate with internal and external customers very well both verbally and in writing
  • Mechanical and optical design
  • Works well independently or in a team
  • Able to travel and manage flexible work schedule requirements
  • Understands product manufacturing and costing processes
  • Independently manage assigned projects for cost and timing
  • Good time and resource planning skills
  • Good technical presentation skills


About the Role
What we offer
At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.
Site Benefits
Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.
At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That's why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.
Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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An Insider's view of Magna International

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team's success begins with leaders who bring expertise and commitment to ensure project success. Additionally, a team culture where all members take ownership and work together fosters collaboration and investment in the project's success.

Leo

Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

In a large, global company there are many factors that can influence individual situations. As a leader, I take the time to listen and understand each person's perspective. The message I convey in all discussions is that leadership is there to support their growth and development and help resolve any blockages they might encounter.

Jim

Director - Research & Development

What makes someone successful on your team?

Having the willingness to take initiative, a positive attitude, and the ability to learn quickly while working well with others leads to success on our Magna Electronics Software team. We emphasize flexibility and adaptability to help reach our goals when evolving software requirements on a demanding project schedule.

Sreeni

Senior Manager, Software Engineering

What are Magna International Perks + Benefits

Magna International Benefits Overview

At Magna, our employees are at the center of what we do. It’s a priority to protect the health of our people and our business and we do this in a variety of ways. We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, disability, life insurance, FSA, 401(k) with company match, profit sharing plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP), pet insurance, auto/home insurance, wellness programs and much more!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Hybrid work model
Summer hours
Remote work program
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences

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