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Ghafari Packaging Engineer - Automotive Racks in Dearborn, Michigan


General Summary:

Project manage the design, development, testing, procurement and validation of automotive (or similar) packaging. Includes steel shipping racks and custom returnable containers, for both domestic and international applications.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Initiate and maintain customer specific packaging database for assigned parts.

  • Perform change management to assess impact of changes in part physical characteristics, suppliers, and process requirements.

  • Coordinate with customer stakeholders, logistics partners, and part suppliers to establish project schedule, design criteria, procurement strategy, and fleet size requirements.

  • Plan and direct activities concerned with the design, prototyping, testing and delivery of containers. Includes design reviews, 1 st article inspections, laboratory (vibration, impact, compression, drop, etc.) testing, over-the-road testing, problem solving and troubleshooting.

  • Provide on-site launch support to validate packaging meets program requirements. Monitor supplier conformance.

  • Schedule and hold coordination meetings. Write meeting minutes. Participate in open issues meetings and presentations.

  • Consult with customer departments and packaging suppliers to determine costs and feasibility of producing proposed packaging.

  • May advise customers on efficient packaging procedures, innovations in packaging materials and various applications within the supply chain.

  • Support the development of presentation materials for customer presentations and may lead customer presentations.

  • Provide input and participate in sales opportunities, and proposal/estimate development as needed.



  • B.S. degree in Packaging preferred or a 4 year degree in an engineering discipline.

Experience :

  • Prefer 5 or more years of progressively more responsible previous experience.


  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software, with particular strength in Microsoft Excel.

  • AutoCAD, Catia V5 experience preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Ghafari Associates is a leading architecture, engineering, consulting and construction services organization with a long-standing history of client focus, quality design and technological innovation. With offices in North and South America, the Middle East and India, Ghafari serves a diverse client base across a variety of technically intensive market sectors. The firm distinguishes itself as an operations-focused practice with experienced management leadership, expert technical resources and an impressive portfolio of projects. Regardless of project size or complexity, we follow an integrated approach to deliver solutions that synergize building systems and operations.

Ghafari was founded on innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in adopting the latest technologies in real project applications. That tradition continues today. Our 3D building information modeling (BIM) experience, combined with our expertise in integrated and lean project delivery and high definition laser scanning capabilities, is transforming the industry.

It is Ghafari Associates, L.L.C.’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2019-1347

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering