Senior FEA Analyst

Auburn Hills, MI posted on January 11

AM General LLC, headquartered in South Bend, Ind., with major facilities in nearby Mishawaka, Ind., Auburn Hills, Mich., Franklin, Ohio, and offices in Arlington, Va., designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide.

Through its Military business, the company is recognized as a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries.

AM General’s growing Commercial business includes two wholly owned subsidiaries: diesel engine manufacturer Powertrain Assembly Plant and automatic transmission manufacturer General Transmission Products. AM General has more than six decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

Position Summary:

Provide modeling and simulation technical support to the product engineering team by generating analyses of automotive systems and subsystems using modeling and simulation tools. Responsible for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in the design, redesign and development of military vehicles, subassemblies, and detailed parts of considerable technical magnitude. Programs require extensive analysis and interpretation of specifications and standards applicable to vehicles and/or assemblies. Position encompasses the incorporation of customer requirements and specifications, functional design of the vehicle, test, development and introduction into vehicle production. Assures cost effectiveness throughout various program phases. Also provides functional guidance to other departments which provide technical support to achieve overall objectives


  1. Conducts FEA simulation and stress analysis involving design, redesign and development of military vehicles or optimization of existing subassemblies, detailed parts and fixtures to meet specifications.  Participates in establishing design objectives and parameters to achieve the most cost effective design approach consistent with end item performance and reliability objectives. Performs FEA in the areas of linear and non-linear stress, CFD, vehicle crash and roll-over impact, modal and transient dynamics, and composite materials. Conducts fatigue analysis on critical components basing on test data and calculated stresses.
  2. Create physics models of automotive systems for the purpose of predicting performance against requirements. Generate analyses in support of the core engineering team to complete trade studies of architectural solutions. Assist with preparing component and subsystem specifications derived from system requirements. Develop corporate modeling best practices by developing and documenting repeatable modeling processes. Collaborate with the engineering team to solve technical problems.
  3. Preferred experience in Powertrain cooling and HVAC

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  1. Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering plus 5-10 years of engineering experience in finite element analysis involving vehicle design(chassis, and/or body), test validation and overall development. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with product engineers, vendors and others. Preferred FEA software: Hyperworks, ABAQUS,nCode, LS-DYNA, MSC/NASTAN, UG/NX/FLOW. Familiar with IGES, STEP, Parasolid, and DXF/DWG files.
  2. 5-10 years professional experience modeling automotive systems. Experience modeling automotive systems with standard commercial tools. Able to simplify complex problems by using available information to generate timely analyses. Comfortable working collaboratively on a team in a fast-paced environment. Independently able to manage time and prioritize tasks to meet the needs of multiple projects simultaneously. Able to generate clear, detailed technical reports and presentations.

Physical Effort:

  1. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  2. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.
  3. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  4. The employee must occasionally lift and or move objects up to 25 pounds.
  5. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routine uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and copy, fax and scanning machines.