Canoo Technologies Inc.

Lead 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 Engineer in the Exteriors team, you will be responsible for delivering Liftgate trims, Spoiler, Appliques, Bed Liners, Frunks etc. for current and future projects. You will work with cross functional teams, studio, and suppliers to deliver a high-quality system that meets vehicle durability, craftsmanship and regulatory requirement while meeting the system cost and mass targets.


  • Concept, feasibility, and development of exterior systems and subsystems to deliver a high-quality product
  • Layout and Packaging within vehicle architecture
  • Interact with cross-functional teams to understand and work around package requirements and limitations, ergonomics, manufacturability, etc.
  • Component and system level GD&T, at a minimum 1D stack analysis
  • Develop, manage, and maintain technical documentation like DVP and DFMEA, Component and System Technical Specifications
  • Maintain and track open items, design iterations, cost and timing impacts, from early concept stage to production in the most effective way
  • Develop the commodities to meet all regulatory and performance requirements while maintaining balance between cost, function, and form
  • Construct 2D layouts, 3D parametric models, 2D drawings and 3D annotations for components and systems
  • Complete and release component & sub system design, utilizing a mix of in-house design and supplier engineering where required 
  • Design and engineer commodity with an approach of build to print
  • Lead a team of engineers and CAD design to meet project requirements and program timelines


  • Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 12 years of experience or evidence of exceptional ability
  • Master’s in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years of experience or evidence of exceptional ability
  • Experience designing parts using injection molding, thermoforming or compression molding techniques utilizing a variety of material
  • Expertise in CATIA V5/V6
  • Automotive engineering experience of working on exterior trim, using CATIA V5 / V6
  • Ability to read and draft 2D dwgs, 3D annotations
  • Expertise with the latest manufacturing technologies and execution to achieve systems requirements and world-class craftsmanship/performance targets
  • Strong working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, and ability to perform GD&T
  • Experience of developing and managing DFMEAs, DVP&R’s and other technical documents
  • Experience of working from concept to launch on at least two automotive programs

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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