Canoo Technologies Inc.

Lead CAD Engineer - Exterior Systems

Full Time
Location : Location
US-MI-Auburn Hills

About Canoo

About Canoo

 Canoo’s mission is to bring EVs to Everyone and build a world-class team to deploy this sustainable mobility revolution. We have developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with pioneering technologies, award-winning designs, and a unique business model that spans all owners in the full lifecycle of the vehicle. Canoo is starting production in 2022 and is distinguished by its pioneering and experienced team of technologists, engineers, and designers. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by purpose, and possess a strong desire to get things done.


The “Canoo Way”

 Canoo’s success is the direct result of our disciplined application of our core operating principles and drills, which are based on three main principles: Think 80/20 (“Important versus less important”), Act 30/30 (“Reduce waste and increase output”), and Live 90/10 (“We have each other’s back”). We hire based on “MET” - Mindset, Equipment and willingness to Train - and seek individuals that take accountability and deliver results while being Humble, Hungry to succeed, and Hunting for opportunities to win. We train our team to engage with each other by modulating between their intellect (iQ) and emotional intelligence (eQ), applying Facts, Finesse, and Force when they communicate. The principles and drills of the CANOO Way have been fundamental to our success, our ability to grow, continuously improve, innovate and are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


As a Lead CAD Designer in the Exteriors team, you will be responsible for developing CAD for various exteriors commodities, including, but not limited to, Class A parts like Fascia, Wheel Claddings, Door Claddings, Side Sill, Cowl, Spoiler Liftgate and supporting structural parts etc. with an approach of build to print. You will lead the CAD development activities from initial concept stage to production.


  • Design from initial stage of concept development to production
  • Conduct initial surface feasibility and work Studio and Design to define styling theme
  • Layout and Packaging within vehicle architecture
  • Interact with cross-functional teams to understand and work around package requirements and limitations, ergonomics, manufacturability, etc.
  • Create parametric CAD models and maintain and refine them through various stages of development
  • Participate in internal and external design reviews and apply DFM, DFA knowledge to systems to prepare for tool kick off
  • Maintain and track systems weight, materials etc throughout the project
  • Design parts to meet system performance requirement while maintaining the right balance between cost vs form vs function
  • Component and system level GD&T, at a minimum 1D stack analysis
  • Develop commodities to meet all regulatory requirements
  • Work with CAE group to optimize design
  • Design commodities with an approach of build to print
  • Meet program timeline and all milestones related to it
  • Maintain and track open item list
  • Complete and release component & sub system design, utilizing a mix of in-house design and supplier engineering where required
  • Lead and train associates on CAD software and best design practices


  • Associate degree with 15+ years of experience designing automotive components
  • 10+ years of experience designing exterior trim components
  • Experience designing parts using injection molding, thermoforming, compression molding, stamping, extrusion methods
  • Experience with various material; plastics, sheet metal etc.
  • Expert level skills in CATIA V5/V6
  • Expertise with the latest manufacturing technologies and execution techniques to achieve systems requirements and world-class craftsmanship/performance targets
  • Strong knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, including knowledge of GD&T
  • Experience of concept to production on multiple programs
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience of training or leading a group of CAD Designers

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine automotive landscape and make EVs available to everyone
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.


Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Canoo Inc. and its subsidiaries and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Canoo unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting. 


Canoo cares deeply about the safety of all candidates who may be asked to participate in an in-person interview. While the company remains operational, some of our positions are remote, while others require working on-site. Canoo is following the Covid-19 protocols set forth by local state and federal governance and the CDC guidelines. Candidates who are vaccinated will be asked to provide a copy of proof of vaccination upon arrival for the interview. Candidates who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no less than 48 hours old. We ask that you practice hand hygiene, social distance, and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19. We appreciate your cooperation with our safety protocols while you explore your future with Canoo!


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