AVL North America

  • Project Engineer I - Electrification

    Job Location US-MI-Plymouth
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/18/2018 10:46 AM)
  • Overview

    With significant growth in the field of powertrain hybridization and electrification, AVL is looking for a driven and highly capable engineer who can quickly contribute to this field in one or a number of these areas: Energy Storage, Battery Management Systems, Power Electronics/E-Motors, Hybrid/Electrified Powertrain Controls, System Integration. This role will be part of a cross functional team working at all stages of hybrid and electrified powertrain development; from concept work, to initial demonstrator development, through to production solutions.  Working experience is not required, however, experience through an extra curricular activity or internship is preferred.


    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 Electrification Team works to define project architectures, system and component requirements, develops EV and HEV components, and delivers functional integration of mechanical, electrical, thermodynamic, energy storage systems within hybrid and electric vehicle applications. The group is responsible for executing electrified powertrain development programs, including verification/validation of the identified electrified powertrain system/component requirements.


    The specific roles of a Project Engineer I –Electrification, include:

    Execute systems engineering principles to integrate electrification technologies within hybrid and electric vehicle powertrain system platforms.

    To support the development and verification of the electronic control units for electrified/hybrid powertrain components (e.g. BMS, ICU, ECU, TCU, etc), experience in the use of Hardware in the Loop (HiL) test systems in advantageous.

    Skills in both the development of these HiL systems, and utilization of the systems for development and verification

    Definition and execution of: functional requirements, system boundaries, component & subsystem interface definition, functional safety, and performance tracking

    Assists with FMEA activities

    Supports Functional Safety / ISO26262 activities.

    Executes engineering activities according to project requirements.

    Works on specific phases or aspects of projects such as technical studies, preparation of specifications, development of electrified systems/components, technical plans, powertrain system and component 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.

    Plans and executes electrification research and development activities.

    Supports, organizes, and contributes to customer meetings.

    Other duties as required to insure project success.


    • A Project Engineer I – Electrification is expected to have demonstrated performance abilities in the following areas:
    • Commercial
      • Efficient on time delivery of program expectations with consistently high feedback
      • Demonstration of project management for research project or engineering projects
      • Understanding of business development fundamentals and effective communication skills
    • Technical
      • Identify and support opportunities for technology development, process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and re-use.
      • Knowledge of hybrid/electrification technology within passenger car, medium duty, or heavy duty
      • Hybrid/electric powertrain functionality knowledge
      • Knowledge in at least two of the following areas:
        • High voltage component integration (Power steering, Thermal management, Onboard charging, Off-board charging, Power distribution (including DC/DC HVIL, etc), HV battery systems, Traction motor systems (including inverters))
        • HV battery development
        • Battery Management System development and integration
        • Hybrid/Electrified powertrain control development
        • Traction motor/inverter development
        • Communication network (e.g. CAN) development and testing knowledge
      • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be beneficial:
        • Base Engine Performance & Emissions Performance Requirements
        • Transmission Performance & Efficiency Optimization
        • Vehicle Level Drivability, Fuel Economy, Emissions & Performance Attribute Optimization
        • Hybrid/electrical powertrain/vehicle simulation
        • Electronic controller hardware specifying and developing/sourcing
        • Powertrain integration to vehicle / chassis development and production release
        • Automotive control functionality/calibration development (Matlab/Simulink, etc)
        • Hybrid/electrification system and component testing
        • Functional Safety/ISO26262
    • Relational
      • Working effectively with customers and other program staff and team members
      • Accountability for individual and team delivery
      • Active pursuit of personal and departmental improvement
      • Effective communication with all levels of the program team
    • Experience and Education
      • 0 - 3 years experience in electrification or applicable field
      • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field required
      • Coop and/or research experience in area of expertise
      • Experience within a collegiate design program or similar


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