Product Engineer Materials

Univa Corporation

Troy, MI

Transforming the Future with Convergence of Simulation and Data

Product Engineer Materials

Job Summary:

Our client in Dearborn, MI is looking for a Product Engineer Materials. This is a contract position.

What You Will Do:

Product Materials Engineer, Body Exterior Materials: Manage materials used in automotive body exterior installed assemblies or systems. Depth of knowledge in one or more basic materials used in automotive body exterior components such as resins, elastomers, metals,and fluids. Understanding of compatibility of basic materials associated with secondary operations such as painting,rubber bonding, electroplating, etc. Develop and maintain global material and performance specifications, evaluate,and approve supplier products to these specifications.Direct suppliers in the development and application of appropriate materials. Support material cost reduction initiatives. Review, provide input, correct, and approve engineering drawings and bill of materials for TeamcenterNotices.


  • Automotive materials knowledge in metals, coatings and plating, resins, elastomers and adhesives.
  • Excellent organization, communication, and presentation skills, self-motivated and self-driven. 
  • Ability to develop newlaboratory test methods to predict field concerns.
  • Ability tomanage complex data sets, develop conclusions andidentify next steps.
  • Ability to work with multiple disciplines (STA, Engineering, Research, Laboratory and Design).
  • Ability to describe the operating environment in which the components/systems function.
  • Ability to describe the compatibility of the basic materials within the manufacturing and processing environment including Tier 1suppliers.
  • Develop and manage materials engineering foundation documents and update for prevent recurrence:
    • Material and Performance Specifications.
    • Laboratory Test Methods o Material Strategies and Design Rules.
    • Material property data in Material Center Database.
  • Experience in D/PFMEA, Global 8D, failure analysis and prevent recurrence.
  • Provide root cause analysis and materials and process expertise to support resolution for manufacturing, and field issues.
  • Complete proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Being self-motivated, curious, along with organization and communication skills are critical for this position.
  • Technically focused internships and/or cooperative assignments.
  • Bachelor of Science in Material Science & Engineering, Materials Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Other Related Engineering/Technical Engineering Degree considered.
  • Hybrid position. 


  • Automotive testing experience.
  • Understanding of material processes, ranging from supplier manufacturing through application, cure process and internal/external customer requirements.
  • 1-2 years of Materials Engineering experience in automotive materials. 

How You Will Be Successful:

  • Envision the Future
  • Communicate Honestly and Broadly
  • Seek Technology and Business “First”
  • Embrace Diversity and Take Risks

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package
  • 401(k) with matching contributions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free training on all Altair products

Why Work with Us:

Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing (HPC). Altair enables organizations in nearly every industry to compete more effectively in a connected world, while creating a more sustainable future. With more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers in 25 countries, we help solve our customer’s toughest challenges and deliver unparalleled service, helping the innovators innovate, drive better decisions, and turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s opportunities.

Our vision is to transform customer decision making with data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing.

For more than 30 years, we have been helping our customers integrate electronics and controls with mechanical design to expand product value, develop AI, simulation and data-driven digital twins to drive better decisions, and deliver advanced HPC and cloud solutions to support unlimited idea exploration. To learn more, please visit

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Altair is an equal opportunity employer. Our backgrounds are diverse, and every member of our global team is critical to our success. Altair’s history demonstrations a belief that empowering each individual authentic voice reinforces a culture that thrives because of the uniqueness among our team.