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Title:  Engineer


Opportunity Snapshot

Top reasons to consider aligning your career with CTS Corporation.

Leverage Your Engineering & Automotive Industry Experience to Join a Respected & Growing Global Organization

Make an impact in a high-visibility role supporting a premier client, General Motors, as the on-site CTS representative and resident expert. 

If you combine strong engineering skills with product development and design experience and a background working with the automotive industry, the role of Resident Engineer offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:

  • Take ownership of a key, integrated role supporting the interests of General Motors and CTS. You'll serve as the voice of the client and communicate product information, client needs and new opportunities back to CTS.
  • Spotlight your talent and potential in a high visibility role supporting CTS sensor products from design through product integration and launch. You'll enjoy being "tip of the spear" on new product launches.
  • Help drive product success while influencing portfolio expansion through knowledge sharing and strong ideas.
  • Enjoy autonomy and support. Take the lead, knowing that an experienced, highly capable and accessible support structure has your back.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing, global organization with a strong and stable financial profile. Even during the pandemic, CTS continued to grow.
  • Enjoy an open and upbeat culture. Our leaders, including your supervisor, are accessible and promote broad communication and transparency at all levels, including town hall meetings and company round tables with the CEO and other leaders. 


The Requirements

Find out what it takes to work and thrive in this role.

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Resident Engineer opportunity, you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related field
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering, product development and design 
  • Experience with automotive companies and OEMs, ideally Tier 1 or 2 suppliers
  • Ability to understand customer standards, specs and requirements as they pertain to CTS products, capabilities and systems reporting metrics
  • A strong understanding of OEM product development processes
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with high levels of customer management and communicate back to CTS

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Sales, North America, as Resident Engineer, you will work on-site at the General Motors Vehicle Engineering Center in Warren where you will be assigned to a cross-functional site team as CTS' representative and act as a liaison for all new products and technologies. Additionally, you will identify new opportunities to generate additional business and expand our product portfolio. Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Serve as liaison between the customer’s engineering group and CTS with respect to all design and application issues
  • Provide on-site technical support for all customer and CTS meetings for new product development and current product applications
  • Formalize specifications for new products and/or assembly applications with respect to customer requirements, design intent, and cost-effective test methods and requirements
  • Support advanced quality planning activities for new products consistent with CTS guidelines and customer expectations (e.g., design FMEA’s, design validation, feasibility studies, design of experiments, etc.)
  • Meet customer’s needs by supporting knowledge acquisition for all CTS products applied to mechanical and electronic systems interactions 
  • Ability to travel as needed domestically and internationally

Why Join Us

More great reasons to join our team.

Excellent Compensation
In addition to a competitive salary + bonus, we offer a slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.

Professional Development
CTS has a talent review process by which we help people develop and move along in their careers. We offer plenty of skill development programs, such as leadership training. Though this role could keep you satisfied for years to come, once you have proven yourself, you might set your sights on other roles and/or career paths within the company.

Great Environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented and collaborative professionals. The team is fairly lean and the pace is fast, but we believe in strong communication and are all dedicated to meeting our goals and objectives. It's a great environment, based on mutual respect, with a healthy team dynamic and a great deal of transparency.  

Growth Oriented
Company-wide, there is a tremendous effort being spent to drive growth. That means adding key resources and providing room for strong performers to make a name for themselves. Growth = opportunity to take on even greater responsibilities and advance. In fact, this role is being added to accommodate our strong growth.

More Insight

Explore the characteristics that will enable you to stand out.

More about the requirements

In addition to the qualifications listed under The Requirements, we're looking for a professional who has:

  • Proven ability to drive new ideas and product opportunities into the customer while delivering customer requirements and methodologies back to CTS
  • Strong negotiating / influencing skills to work with the customer on their requirements and with internal teams / stakeholders on meeting those requirements
  • Experience working with electromechanical products preferred

More about the role
In addition to the responsibilities under The Role, a sampling of your specific tasks includes:

  • Assuming responsibility for the electrical development and release of the product(s) to be supplied; where multiple programs are under contract, you may be assigned to more than one program
  • Gaining proficiency in GM processes, databases and tools including the Engineering Work Order and Part Ordering system (ECR), Problem/Issue Tracking systems (PRTS, ESIMS), Part Drawing system (APM), Embassy – Pre-Production Vehicle Build Tracking system (Embassy), et al
  • Scheduling and coordinating Design Reviews
  • Coordinating and managing Product Development Team (PDT) meetings
  • Preparing project plans, tracking vehicle timing requirements and part availability dates
  • Determining and investigating design and mechanization alternatives
  • Checking 3D data and preparing 2D drawings according to design guidelines
  • Performing electrical packaging and bracket design studies; participating in Module packaging in vehicle
  • Assisting with the updating of system requirements; initiating system requirement change requests
  • Resolving issues on assigned CTS or SSTS sections
  • Performing design analysis and trade-off studies; recommending additional testing and development as required
  • Providing technical direction to relevant Engineering and Support Groups
  • Supporting vehicle build activities, prototype availability and perform subsystem debug
  • Preparing and presenting issues and resolutions to GM Engineering Management and Vehicle team(s)
  • Supporting Vehicle Assembly Center launch of product – including preproduction launch activities
  • Performing, submitting and maintaining:
    • Math Data 3D/2D
    • Electrical Mechanization Drawings, Interface Control Documents (ICDs)
    • DFMEA / DRBFM for all post-IVER change
    • Assembly Plant training documents
    • EWOs for product / process changes
    • Engineering Change log
    • Open Issues list
  • Assisting, reviewing and approving the Service Manual, Service Bulletin and Owners Manual
  • Working at the GM plant daily and attending a weekly group and one-on-one meeting with your supervisor

Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

About your success
Those who thrive in our organization are friendly and approachable team players who are also self-driven to deliver their best work daily and inspire the best work from their colleagues. They are skilled and curious, natural thinkers who are compelled to increase their knowledge and continually add value through their contributions. We're looking for someone who doesn't just want their next job but wants to build a career with CTS . . . someone who is wired to excel, invigorated by accomplishment, and comes in every day thinking about what s/he can do to help the company succeed.

In addition, to be an outstanding Resident Engineer, you will:

  • Effectively handle day-to-day issues as they come up for the good of CTS and the customer
  • Work as an effective team member across multiple teams, while also meeting independent goals
  • Remain open-minded, flexible and adaptable
  • Be a strong communicator; share knowledge and ideas and assimilate information from others
  • Ensure the customer is happy
  • Dedicate yourself to uncovering new opportunities




United States EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable.
 Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
United States Additional Considerations 
It is unlawful in all states where the Company operates, including Massachusetts, to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates applicable laws may be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability. The Company does not require a lie detector test as a condition of employment nor continued employment.  

Applicants must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.

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Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48334

Job Type:  Full-Time

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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