Design Release Engineer

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  




Route and package the wire harness and define retention and covering components.  Lead interface to customer for customer change control, technical, issues, and program engineering deliverables.  Support continuous improvement of the design.




Routing, Packaging, Retention and Protection

•             Package components and wire harnesses into vehicles in the 3D environment, including splice locations at the harness level (where a splice is placed on the wire harness)

•             Define customer-directed components

•             Define retention and covering components (convolute, tape, etc.) to be used on the wire harness

•             Initiate NCRs (New Component Requests) and interface with Advanced Purchasing, Provisional Component Engineering, and ComBU for the development and approval of new-tooled components


Customer Change Control

•             Maintain customer part release system per statement of work

•             Communicate to customer the content and status of the design, design changes, and build requirements

•             Provide customer responses for cost studies

•             Update engineering issues in customer change management systems (e.g., CN, EWO, WERS, AIMS, etc.)

•             Release non-Yazaki parts (screws, standard parts, etc.) into the customer system per statement of work


Customer and Internal Design Requirements

•             Ensure design meets customer and internal requirements

•             Collaborate with Systems Engineer to review customer product letters and determine complexity levels

•             Create and submit in BEAMS print markups for product designs that meet customer specifications and requirements, including DFA (Design for Vehicle Assembly)

•             Collaborate with DVP&R (Design Verification Process & Report) team to validate customer requirements

•             Develop and maintain program-specific, harness DFMEAs (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)

•             Evaluate information provided by the customer as applied to the product/project for completeness and accuracy

•             Initiate customer plant trials, document results of the trial, and obtain customer sign-off

•             Support assembly plant instructions for customer per statement of work


Engineering Customer Interface

•             Lead customer interface for technical issues and program engineering deliverables

•             Represent YNA Engineering at customer change control meetings (e.g., PMT, PAT, etc.) and design reviews (e.g., technical design review, digital buck review, system compatibility review, etc.)

•             Represent YNA manufacturing to customer to support YNA DFM (Design for Manufacturing) guidelines

•             Support vehicle builds and launches at customer pilot and assembly plants


Continuous Improvement of the Design

•             Generate cost savings ideas and attend VAVE (Value Analysis Value Engineering) workshops

•             Trace technical issues and problems to root cause

•             Support customer initiatives such as cost and warranty reduction activities, etc.




Degree Requirements:  BSEE, BSME or equivalent experience

Travel Requirements:    As required

On Call Requirements:  As required

Physical Requirements:  Ability to troubleshoot and rework wire harnesses, in warehouses or assembled on vehicles, during wire harness or vehicle builds

Ability to lift wire harness assemblies up to 40 pounds

Ability to climb inside of vehicles to troubleshoot and rework




- Proficient in the use of internal change management system and process                           

- Proficient in the use of customer engineering systems (change management, issue management, part numbers, and sales codes)      

- Understand the customer change management process                              -

- Understand the vehicle assembly process (prototype, pre-production, production & trials)                          

- Understand design for vehicle assembly principles                         

- Understand the wire harness manufacturing process                   

- Understand design for manufacturing principles                             

- Understand customer specifications                                    

- Understand YNA specifications                               

- Proficient in DFMEA (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)

- Understand the DVP (Design Verification Process)         



Please be advised that successful candidates prior to beginning any employment must be able to provide the appropriate legal documentation to support their eligibility for employment in the United States without the need for company sponsorship.



Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.