AVL North America

Technical Specialist – Controls & Electronics

2 months ago


AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. is looking for an experience specialist in the controls area to add to our team.  Candidates interested in this position will be looking to participate in turn key projects, provide technical guidance and expertise to others on a daily basis, and will have at least 10 years of applicable experience.  Customer experience is also preferred.  As a Technical Specialist this position will provide technical and program leadership expertise to Skill Team and Cross-Functional engineering program team activities.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Employer will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.


The Controls & Electronics team executes functional integration & optimization of the powertrain software & control systems into the overall vehicle platform. The group is responsible for the overall control system operation. Detailed responsibilities include: Engine, Transmission, Driveline, and Aftertreatment Functional Requirements definition for overall powertrain performance, efficiency, serviceability and reliability of repeatable performance.


The specific roles of a Technical Specialist in this effort include:

  • Defines, plans, leads and performs Controls Software Development and other relevant engineering project work within project team as required.
  • Plans and manages engineering program resources according to project requirements.
  • Works on all phases or aspects of projects such as technical studies, preparation of specifications, technical plans, engine testing, data analysis and validation.
  • Supports/ensures data quality and writes technical project reports.
  • Reviews project for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer requirements, including opinions and interpretations.
  • Coordinates activities concerned with technical development, scheduling, and resolving engineering test issues.
  • Defines, executes and supports engine performance and emissions research and development activities.
  • Supports, organizes, and leads customer meetings.
  • Identifies and supports business and strategic company development activities.
  • Other duties as required to insure project success


A Technical Specialist is expected to have demonstrated performance abilities in the following areas:

  • Commercial
    • Quote Leader for a large client program
    • Support and lead as required the Business Development process for specific clients
    • Efficient on time delivery of customer program expectations with consistently high feedback
  • Technical  
    • Identify, initiate, and support opportunities for technology development, process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and re-use.
    • Provide effective developmental leadership for other departmental staff in areas of expertise
    • Published at least 3 papers accepted by a professional organization or 3 patents awarded
    • Global AVL implementation of technology
    • Expertise in regulatory and market segment requirements and end-user expectations
    • Functionality in all and recognized expert in at least one of the following areas:
      • Base Engine Control
      • Transmission Control
      • After-Treatment Control
      • Hybrid Powertrain Control
      • On Board Diagnostics Control
      • Powertrain Controls Software Development Tools, Methods & Processe
  • Relational
    • Leadership of technical teams of all sizes
    • Working effectively with customers and other program staff and team members
    • Accountability for individual and team delivery
    • Negotiation for overall success
    • Organization and resource management
    • Active pursuit of personal and organizational improvement
    • Effective communication with all levels of the organization
  • Experience and Education
    • 10 years experience in area of expertise
    • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field required
    • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Engineering preferred


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