Senior Mechanical Simulation Engineer - SURFACE - , Microsoft Devices Group on the Surface product in Redmond, WA

TitleSenior Mechanical Simulation Engineer - SURFACE -
CategoryHardware engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedMarch 13, 2015
Open Positions1

Are you passionate about building cool devices and technologies? The Surface Team focuses on lighting up Microsoft experiences with touch first computing. A fundamental part of our strategy is having desirable and powerful devices that enable the experiences people want, and elicit their excitement. Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!
Role & Opportunity:

Mechanics and Materials Simulation Engineer

Main Responsibility Areas
Works as a Mechanical Simulation Engineer/Specialist, involved in structural modeling and product development using advanced FEA Mechanical Structural and Drop Test Simulation methods and tools, as well as providing the team with advance materials expertise. As a member of the Product Design team, you will be responsible for FEA modeling and material characterization. You will be fully integrated with the Product Design team from the pre-concept to concept stage and beyond. Analyzing and informing the mechanical design team of structural risks and robustness of product designs. You will be responsible for the correlation and development of your models and techniques. You will also work with cross-functional teams within Microsoft and with external suppliers to solve design related issues.

Key responsibilities:

o For assigned program(s), assume ownership of all structural simulation projects. Identify design risks and advise, guide and steer the mechanical team to implement structural improvements that meet with quality and business objectives.
o For assigned program(s), drive reliability reviews for every key event from portfolio concepting phase to concept selection.
o Develop methods to shorten simulation lead time.
o Assist in diagnostic problem solving for test related failures and field failures.
o Pro-actively seek opportunities to apply FEA methods to add value to early concepting activities.
o Own experimental test and measurement activities to validate and refine simulation results.

Key activities -
o Create, analyze and review detailed models for drop test simulation and other structural simulations using HYPERMESH, ABAQUS and SIMMANAGER.
o Proactively identify simulation scenarios that will add value to concept selection and direction.
o Present simulation results at design review meetings, highlight risks and structural vulnerabilities and work with the simulation and design team to resolve design issues.
o Participate and drive project brainstorming meetings to resolve structural failures and design risks.
o Refine simulation models through test and measurement activities (e.g. four point bend testing, impact testing, tensile testing, high strain rate materials testing)
o Train and coach the Design Engineers for robust design, best practices and in use and development of CAD integrated simulation tools.


o M.S. Degree (or Equivalent BSc and experience) in Science or Engineering.
o 5 years of mechanical engineering experience and a minimum of two years of experience with ABAQUS and HYPERWORKS or a similar pre-processor software package preferred.
o NASTRAN experience is desirable.
o Knowledge and experience of implementing mechanical engineering best practices and a willingness to continue to actively develop your skills.
o Proven materials science expertise.
o Two years or more experience in the design of electronics product with good comprehension of related architecture.
o An awareness of relevant design issues and product acceptance drivers.
o Good understanding of commonly used electronics device manufacturing technologies.
o Experience managing external suppliers to deliver on key responsibilities is preferred.
o A passionate, involved and committed team player.
o Strong interpersonal skills, outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

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