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General Motors Interior CAE Engineer in Warren, Michigan

About GM

There’s never been a more exciting time to work for General Motors.

To achieve our vision of a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion, we need people to join us who are passionate about creating safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. This bold vision won’t happen overnight, but just as we transformed how the world moved in the last century, we are committed to transforming how we move today and in the future.

Why Work for Us

Our culture is focused on building inclusive teams, where differences and unique perspectives are embraced so you can contribute to your fullest potential as you pursue your career. Our locations feature a variety of work environments, including open work spaces and virtual connection platforms to inspire productivity and flexible collaboration. And we are proud to support our employees volunteer interests, and make it a priority to join together in efforts that give back to our communities.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct analytical finite element simulations to evaluate vehicle interior systems. Primary activities are: Passenger Airbag deployments and 201L Head Impact assessments, though Instrument Panel structural analysis and dynamic assessments (Modal and Forced Response) are also done.

  • Primary tools: LS-Dyna and Optistruct.

  • Work with Safety Department in support of full vehicle crash simulations.

  • Work with test labs, as well as the vehicle proving grounds, to define tests which maximize findings from limited hardware. Follow up post-test on correlation of CAE to test results and potential findings and improvements.

  • Perform variation and optimization studies using various advanced CAE tools and methods to increase the robustness of designs as well as identify the best ways to improve performance.

  • Demonstrate off-shore resources to support workload, plan tasks and set timing such that deadlines and report dates are met.

  • Balance Program work with additional assignments (e.g. standard work updates, method development, process automation, etc.).

  • Capable of handling multiple projects (e.g. multiple vehicles and designs) without direct supervision.

  • Produces concise summaries that meet the needs of design engineers as well as leadership.


  • Highly skilled in LS-Dyna and/or Optistruct finite element simulations.

  • Strong understanding of plastic materials structural performance at ambient, cold, and hot temperature.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams, balance theory with practical limitations, and identify and execute work at a level of detail consistent with the need for accuracy and the time available.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Job Description

Required Skills and Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of finite element analysis and non-linear/dynamic techniques.

  • 2+ years airbag deployment, crashworthiness, and/or head impact (201L) CAE experience.

  • Experience managing CAE reviews with design and platform customers.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply lessons learned to improve CAE capability.

  • Knowledge of Optimization tools and DFSS principles to enable robust design solutions.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical (ME) (required)

  • Master of Science or PhD – Mechanical Engineering (preferred)

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:

• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;

• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;

• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;

• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values;

• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;

• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com .In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.