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BrightDrop - CAE Analysis Engineer

  • Milford / Warren
  • Engineering
  • Full time
  • Added
  • JR-202300427


At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce.

To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future. From engineering to product management and operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future.

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us -

This position will be located 4-5 days onsite, in either Milford, MI or Warren, MI.

The Role:

The CAE Analysis Engineer will gather information from a variety of sources inside and outside BrightDrop and GM, building and running analytical models, interpreting results for internal customers, attending development team meetings, and interacting with mechanical and electrical integration teams.

  • Participate in Product Development teams on new and existing designs, providing analysis to assess performance of innovative designs.

  • Build Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models from CAD solid models.

  • Perform impact analysis and variation at upper and lower temperature extremes for materials (including leading new material characterization development).

  • Guide the design through recommendations and data driven countermeasures by implementing FEA countermeasures through morphing technology or ANSA / Meta post element design features that verify performance (ahead of the math design).

  • Apply Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software applications using sound, repeatable, industry standard methodologies.

  • Perform airflow and thermal management simulations of varying complexity to improve designs.

  • Develop FEA models and run analyses that could include linear/non-linear, durability/fatigue to assess product designs.

  • Perform FEA simulations including stiffness, modal, impact, and deployments. Use Optistruct and Dyna toolsets, along with advanced variation and optimization software, to assess designs.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Work with Systems Safety to support crashworthiness simulations.

  • Work with test labs, GM vehicle proving grounds, to define tests which enhance findings from limited hardware. Follow-up post-test on correlation of CAE to test results and potential takeaways and improvements.

  • Perform and analyze Mold Flow Analysis on plastic components.

Additional Description

Minimum Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 4 year Engineering Degree

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in CAE modeling, proficient in CFD and Structural Analysis.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and computational fluid dynamics.

  • Background in lithium-ion battery cells and electronic components preferred.

  • Experience with pre-processing tools (ANSA, Hypermesh) including fundamentals of morphing.

  • Proficient with CAE software tools such as Star CCM+, Star CD, PumpLinx, Converge, TaiTherm, Magmasoft, Flow-3D, and CFX.

  • Experience programming in languages such as C++, Python, and Java.

  • Understand simulation lifecycle from CAD to post-processing

About BrightDrop

BrightDrop is a tech company transforming commercial delivery and logistics. Its portfolio of electric delivery vehicles, smart eCarts, and software solutions are designed to create a smarter, safer, more sustainable future. BrightDrop is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors. For more information, visit

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.