Principal Engineer, 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  





Design Release Engineer is responsible to assure Wire Harness Design meets Customer and Yazaki requirements. Work together with 3D CAD, Systems Engineer and 2D Engineer to assure Design. Lead customer interface for customer change control, technical, issues, and program engineering deliverables. Lead Yazaki Internal change control. Support continuous improvement of the design.

Unique to Sr. Engineer:  Train and mentor less experienced Engineers and substitute for Supervisor as required.

Unique to Principal Engineer:  Same as Sr. Engineer plus use expertise to identify and apply best practices, technologies and processes.





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, Advanced Supplier Development, Provisional Component Engineering, and ComBU for the development and approval of new-tooled components
  • Initiate CPLs for any new component identified as Engineering change.


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
  • Collaborate with 3D CAD Designer to review 3D model and assure 2D and 3D match
  • Create and submit in BEAMS print markups for product designs that meet customer specifications and requirements, including DFA (Design for Vehicle Assembly)
  • Collaborate with Product Design Engineering to communicate engineering changes and coordinate 2D print releases
  • 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
  • Identify new components and initiate component registration process.
  • Identify if design needs to be validated based on USCAR-21,38 or 45.


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.


Additional Responsibilities for Sr. Engineer and Principal Engineer

  • Train and mentor less experienced Engineers as required
  • Act as substitute for Supervisor as required
  • Create and revise work instructions, processes and procedures
  • Create, and modify specifications and design guidelines


Additional Responsibilities for Principal Engineer

  • Determine best practices and design processes
  • Develop strategies to facilitate engineering objectives, (process improvement, cost reduction, DFM, continuous improvement, etc.)





Degree Requirements:

BSEE, BSME or equivalent experience

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:

5 years automotive engineering experience preferred

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




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.