Product Development 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





To perform activities related to the design and development of electrical connection systems for the automotive industry.




Product Design

  • Perform all product development design analysis, studies, and calculations
  • Create all applicable APQP documentation (DFMEA, DVP&R, QFD, and others as appropriate)
  • Prepare and Release Component Drawing/Design packages
  • Participate in Product Reviews/Evaluations (Design Reviews and Benchmarking)
  • Oversee and review component validation testing
  • Review and approve component inspection data


        Customer Management

  • Provide resolution of complex customer issues
  • Lead QA related activities (8D, 5WPPS) as necessary
  • Prepare and Present Customer Presentations
  • Provide Customer Support when needed


In addition to the above items, the Associate is expected to:

  • Set personal daily work schedules in accordance with assigned tasks, deadlines, and priorities
  • Perform assignments independently, with minimal guidance from the Supervisor or Manager
  • Provide guidance / assistance to other less experienced Associates within the connector engineering department (though not in a Supervisory type role).
  • Contribute to project development plans to forecast resources, material, and equipment
  • Engage in Engineering related negotiations (testing issues, quality related tasks / corrective actions, discussions with similar level customer engineers)
  • Perform production line reviews and propose potential improvement ideas
  • Work on multiple and potentially complex issues




Degree Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:

  • Knowledge of CAD Modeling (2D, 3D) (SOLIDWORKS capability preferred)
  • Working knowledge of PC environment (MS Office Products)
  • Ability to create new and interpret existing geometric drawings / models
  • Understanding of all APQP documentation and component PPAP process
  • Knowledge of industry test methods and requirements (USCAR, ISO, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of linear FEA
  • Sophisticated oral / written communication skills
  • Materials knowledge (Plastic, metals, rubber)
  • Understanding of Injection Molding / Stamping / Basic Die Design
  • 6~8 years relevant connector and / or terminal design experience desired
  • Experience with automotive High Voltage component design or systems

Travel Requirements:

Domestic / International travel may be required

On Call Requirements:

Reasonable availability required

Physical Requirements:

Office position – primarily sedentary.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions.



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.