Senior Engineering Department head; Closures/Locks

Location:  Kalamazoo, MI



  • Responsible to lead / manage complete Test Systems Design, Development, Procurement, Measurement, Build and Run-Off/Debug activities from conception to completion (successful run-off) for multiple projects
  • Utilize VAST Knowledge Management System (VKMS) to meet Product Development Process (PDP) deliverables
  • Provide direction to team members responsible for Test Systems
  • Develop test system scope and RASI documents at project kick-off and get PDT agreement
  • Develop and maintain Timing Plans for Test System projects to meet project requirements
  • Develop and maintain Open Issues List for Test Systems projects and drive issues to closure
  • Review and interpret Customer Requirements and develop DVP&R / test plan including, but not limited to, EE and DV testing
  • Participate / support quote activities by coordinating / developing DVP&R, work plans and cost estimates for Test Systems and Testing
  • Develop test procedures and required documentation for Test Systems as required
  • Meet with customer, as required, to develop and get approval of test plans
  • Manage projects thru collaborate with internal and external test labs
  • Participate in internal PDT and Project Execution Meetings and report on Test Systems
  • Collaborate with Product Engineering to insure product is tested as intended
  • Coordinate shipping of Test Systems to test location (includes crating/palletizing to protect test system)
  • Support test start up and problem solving at test location
  • Collaborate with test labs to identify Environmental Chamber needs (timing / capability) for projects
  • Identify project risks and develop and document recovery plans / escalate risks to the project manager as required
  • Support Continuous Improvement by keeping abreast of latest technologies as it relates to test systems and potential implementation as deemed appropriate
  • Report progress / status to manager verbally and in writing as required / requested
  • Generate cost reduction / avoidance ideas as it relates Test System Design and Product Design
  • Periodic travel to customers, suppliers and other facilities as required


  • 3D modeling experience (UG/NX is preferred)

  • Able to conceptualize, plan and develop small electrical/mechanical devices

  • Able to perform engineering calculations

  • Experience managing multiple projects concurrently and able to manage / set priorities

  • Experience with DFMEA

  • Able to read engineering prints

  • Have a working knowledge of GD&T principles.

  • Have mechanical aptitude to work with basic hand tools.

  • Must have experience in formal root cause analysis methodology (Red X or 8D is preferred)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

  • Able to multi-task, plan and organize work.

  • Able to work in a cross functional team and be able to effectively communicate.

  • Able to present engineering data and progress directly to customers.

  • Self sufficient / self motivated and able to work effectively with minimal supervision

  • Willingness to travel as required


  • BSME, BSIE or related technical degree / experience is required.
  • 5-7 years minimum experience in product development and/or test/reliability
  • Previous project leadership preferred
  • Business knowledge, understanding preferred.
  • Experience with test system / fixture development and fabrication is preferred
  • Experience in closures is preferred

100k plus


Relocation expenses is available


Automotive industry experience is preferred, not required.

…this is a NON-Automotive client.