1 year ago

CAD & PLM Specialist

Burlingame, CA, USA Competitive Permanent

Job Reference: PTUS-S1

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The Proterra Story

Communities are growing and evolving, and with that, our transportation needs are changing. Now more than ever, we need smart solutions that provide safer, more reliable and cleaner transit. Every day, Proterra works to meet those needs, with the world’s best-performing zero-emission buses. Our revolutionary battery-electric buses help fleet operators abandon fossil fuels, improve environmental quality and reduce operating costs. Join the Proterra Revolution.

Position Overview

This unique position will support Proterra’s Technology Engineering team; however, this is a not a traditional design release engineering role. There will not be a focus on component design work. We are looking for an independent thinker, with an attention to detail to help manage our top-level CAD data and BOM configurations for our growing battery product lines. Your primary responsibility will be ensuring large assembly CAD completeness and BOM accuracy, which will require gathering information from our design engineers and assembling this data into our top-level assemblies. This would also include DMU analysis to ensure assembly correctness. Secondarily, there is opportunity to assist our design engineers with CAD model creation/modification, and 2D drafting.

For more context, our engineering team is primarily responsible for designing large format, high voltage batteries used in our transit buses, as well as our OEM customers’ vehicles. Our custom battery has a flexible architecture and has been designed to fit many different applications. With this flexibility, we are now facing volume production of multiple concurrent battery variants, with the intention to continue to expand our product portfolio. We need somebody to help manage the data for all these product variants.

About the Role – You will:

  • Create, modify and manage the top-level CAD and BOM data for our battery product assemblies.
  • DMU analysis - responsible for verifying top-level assembly is clean and free from interferences, model duplicates, and model revision management.
  • BOM management - create part numbers for release and manage revisions to mechanical and electrical components in our PLM system.
  • Review ECO’s for accuracy, following a change management process.
  • Assist the engineering team by providing support of mechanical and electrical systems, using Catia V6/3DExperience to create parts, assemblies and drawings.
  • Help establish best practice methodologies and guidelines for CAD/PDM/PLM use.
  • Collaborate and communicate with management and other internal groups regarding design status, project progress, requirement clarification and issue resolution.

About Our Group:

  • As strategic partners, the Development team strives to ensure that our values, culture and engagement always allow us do great things for our company.
  • We strive to provide the highest level service and support to our clients each and every day.
  • We work collaboratively to build strong relationships with our clients, partners, and own team.
  • We treat each other with respect……and always try to have a little fun every day!
  • This position will be part of the Burlingame based New Product Development team. We also collaborate with other Engineering team members located at our manufacturing and engineering facilities in Los Angeles, CA and Greenville, SC.

About You:

  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Sound judgment and team problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Your Experience Includes:

  • 5+ years’ design experience in the automotive or transportation industries
  • Proficient in 3D CAD design and 2D drafting (including GD&T) of mechanical components. CATIA V6/3DX preferred, CATIA V5 acceptable
  • Knowledgeable in product development cycle; design, development, test, and manufacturing.
  • Methodical and diligent thinker, with a high attention for detail and a desire to work with a strong sense of quality and craft.
  • Strong people, communication and organizational skills

You might also have:

  • Mechanical Design Engineering experience

Location: Burlingame, CA

Travel: 0 - 10%

Proterra is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Proterra participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify).

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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