Vehicle Lead Engineer

Engineering Carmel, Indiana


Vehicle Lead Engineer


 This position is located in Carmel, Indiana.



The Vehicle Lead Engineer is responsible for leading the engineering and designing of New BraunAbility Vehicles from start to finish.  This person will be responsible for the design and integration of all vehicle systems found in today’s wheelchair accessible vehicles and set the overall development strategy, maintaining corporate objectives



Engineer, design and develop new vehicle conversions in CAD (Inventor)

Design Mechanism, Suspensions, Structures and Closures (doors & liftgates)

Plan for design, procurement, assembly and validation requirements that align with overall Project Timing, Stage Gate (APQP) and Mitigation Strategies.

Ensure vehicle Designs & Systems conform to budgeted Quality and Cost targets.

Mentor, Inspire and Guide Vehicle Engineers to produce product differentiators.

Collaborate with cross-functional teams (Manufacturing, Quality, Sales, Portfolio) to assure vehicle designs account for all requirements.

Suggest Low-cost Design alternatives, Common Designs and Standardization.

Build and design prototype vehicles.

Constantly improve designs, processes, and timing, maintaining project specifications

Lead design reviews to assure all vehicle conversions are developed and engineered to meet or exceed requirements.

Review designs of peers for good design practices and any anticipated design concerns.



  • Mechanism Design knowledge is a most, expertise preferred, and how to integrate it into the design, considering all Tolerances involved.
  • Expert in Vehicle Engineering and Integration. Must know what is required for a reliable design.
  • Proficiency in Structural Design, sheet metal fabrication, welding processes, LEAN principles.
  • Understanding of fuel, exhaust, cooling and braking systems, materials and industry standards
  • Experience in several vehicle compartments like Body Structures, Closures & Suspensions.
  • Knowledge of materials and benefits of utilizing one type over the other
  • Solid working knowledge of quality, design and validation tools including FEA, DFA/M, DOE, D/PFMEA, DVP&R, problem solving (8D or similar), GD&T and Tolerance Stack-up.
  • Must be detail-oriented and a self-starter. 
  • Must possess the ability to function well under the demands of project due dates
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills needed
  • Extremely organized, accurate and possesses a strong attention to detail required
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively solve and analyze problems
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Prototype fabrication and welding knowledge preferred
  • Windows (computer), Outlook (email), Inventor, AutoCad, Vault, MS Office, and Epicor (ERP)



Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is required. 

Minimum of 8 years work experience in automotive design is required.

Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred

Dimensional Management and Understanding of GD&T required

Experience with Mechanism, Steel and Aluminum part design and manufacturing


At BraunAbility, we have been providing independence for individuals with disabilities since 1972. Ralph Braun started this venture nearly four decades ago with a few dedicated and loyal employees. We have grown to be the world's leading mobility manufacturer with nearly 1700 employees globally. We have maintained an employee first mentality with an informal and family oriented atmosphere. You will enjoy all of the resources of a large, worldwide company while relishing a small company atmosphere with an open door policy and very easy access to management and ownership. In addition to competitive pay, benefits and opportunities for advancement, a career with BraunAbility also means knowing that you're making a difference.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental Coverage
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Performance bonus program
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Wellness Program
  • Access to a Health Coach
  • Onsite Medical Facility for Employee and Family

BraunAbility is committed to building an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.