Prototype Engineer

Embedded in a worldwide network, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Autonomous Driving, Customer Research and Business Innovation. In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive as well as in Long Beach, CA where the F-CELL team brings hydrogen vehicles to the road. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor, MI and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad, CA complete the competence center. Together, all the developers, technicians, engineers and designers take on the challenges of creating the next innovation. They’re inspired by the newest trends, find the best solutions for the customer, develop the latest and greatest technologies and create the next generation of connected, safe, sustainable and luxurious vehicles.

This position’s primary purpose consists of designing, building and maintaining prototype vehicle systems for Future Transportation Systems projects, including all operational aspects such as managing the FTS workshop. Furthermore, this role is responsible for a structured and methodologically sound moderation of a rapid prototyping process in the ideation phase of FTS projects.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

Design and construction of virtual and physical prototypes for Future Transportation Systems.

Prototype management for vehicle systems built and tested during Future Transportation Systems, specifically during the following stages: idea generation, hardware component supplier coordination and field test vehicle management

Screening of the North American supplier industry for vehicle and logistics systems components, e.g. shelving systems and sensors.

Work with internal business partners at Mercedes-Benz to drive key technology insights and to derive implications for MB vehicle development projects.

Bachelor/Master’s Degree in Engineering

Ability to visualize ideas and translate them into physical prototypes (includes sawing, welding etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous work in the upfitter industry, skills in working with CAD systems, rapid prototyping.

MBRDNA is an equal opportunity employer that offers generous benefits and compensation, work/life balance tools and several methods of recognition and rewards. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K savings plan, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs and much more.


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