Neapco Holdings

Advanced Product Development Engineer

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Named as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States by Crain’s Fast 50 and Inc. Magazine and recently awarded with the Corp! Magazine 2018 Economic Bright Spot Award in the Enterprise Business category, Neapco designs, manufactures and distributes OEM driveline products for automotive and non-automotive applications throughout the globe. To guarantee high-performance but competitively priced products, we combine low-cost sourcing of materials, innovative in-house design, efficient production and quality assurance processes with high quality people.

Neapco recognizes that our team members are our most valuable asset, and we are committed to providing them with a safe, drug-free workplace fostering respect and ethical treatment. Unlawful discrimination in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, ethnic/national origin, age, sex, veteran status, disability or any similar protected status is strictly prohibited. In return for their expertise and shared commitment to our goals, we offer our team members competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.


Posted On: Tuesday, 14th May 2019
Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan
World Headquarters
38900 Hills Tech Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48111

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Advanced Product Development Engineer will work with manufacturing and suppliers to develop innovative and cost optimized CV Joint and Halfshaft products.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain the office maintenance (fixed assets) inventory list

  • Design and development of Rzeppa Joints, Cross Groove Joints, Double Offset Joints, Tripod Joints, Interconnecting Shafts, Boots, Clamps, and Grease as related to Halfshaft applications or high-speed Propeller Shafts

  • Design, size and responsibly release designs for Halfshaft products under consideration of loads, package, kinematics, durability, performance, robustness, and NVH

  • Perform basic design calculations for stiffness, strength and stresses, as well as confirm results using proper CAE analysis

  • Select materials and lubrication according to standards, test results, literature, catalogues, and supplier recommendations

  • Disclose inventions for new designs and review and approve patent applications

  • Develop and maintain design guides for new product families

  • Identify and propose required new designs to be submitted for advanced development

  • Create product presentations for internal and external customers

  • Lead Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) sessions and report on the results for new product families

  • Propose product changes to the existing product families based on the advanced development design disclosures

  • Request purchasing information for rough parts, prototypes, and orders

  • Submit drawing, amount, and material required date to Purchasing for quote and pricing

  • Identify and if necessary, define, required design validation tests

  • Order prototype materials and tests

  • Analyze, interpret, and document the results of tests

  • Present progress of the Technical Design Review to management as an overview over the design and the validation status

  • Check the project progress by creating and maintaining timing plans

  • Perform simultaneous engineering with Advanced Manufacturing Engineers and Supplier Development Engineers on new product designs to get manufacturing feasibility and optimized and competitive cost

  • Release new products and new rough parts for series production

  • Advise colleagues, transfer knowledge, participate in workshops, seminars and trainings

  • Implement cost savers which are enabled by design modifications of rough, finish, or buy parts following the advanced development projects findings

  • Ensure programs keep their milestones and gates timing requirements

  • Implement quality improvements into current designs for robustness, durability, and performance

  • Create design proposals which improve and optimize NVH behavior

  • Achieve DV Complete status as per defined DV requirements at defined timing

  • Derive 2D drawings in CAD and create sketches in CAD and visualizations by using suitable software packages

  • Benchmark products and all components associated with the project

Preferred Skills:

Required Skills

  • 6+ years professional engineering experience

  • Prior use of CAD software (Catia, NX) for creation of 3D models, checking kinematics, and tolerance stack ups

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work independently and with a team on various projects

  • Prior design and release experience with drivelines, powertrains, or chassis systems

  • Advanced experience working with manufactures and suppliers in the release of new Halfshaft and Propshaft products

  • High level of experience using CAD Software, Enovia 3D Products, PD-Databases, and Patent Databases


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s degree preferred