AVL North America

  • Technical Specialist – Electrification

    Job Location US-MI-Plymouth
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/1/2019 9:39 AM)
  • Overview

    Interested in the significant growth in the field of powertrain hybridization and electrification?


    AVL is looking for an experienced, 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. Responsibilities will include, providing technical, program, and account management expertise to cross-functional business development and engineering program team execution 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.


    Engineering Program Team Roles:

    The cross-functional program execution team executes a wide variety of vehicle and powertrain system simulation, design, and development projects. The Tech Specialist - Electrification role is responsible for the technical delivery of the electrification portion of the project. Detailed responsibilities include: Functional Requirements definition for electrification components (e.g. battery, electric motor, inverter, voltage converter, system controls, …) and overall system performance, reliability, serviceability, and cost.


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

    Defines, plans, leads, and performs System Component Development, System Integration, and System Verification & Validation activity and other relevant engineering project work within project team as required.

    Lead the definition and execution of: functional requirements, system boundaries, component & subsystem interface definition, and performance tracking. Support functional safety activities.

    Plans and manages engineering program resources according to project requirements.

    Mentors less experienced Engineers in the field of Electrification.

    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.


    Business Development Team Roles:

    The business development team executes a wide variety of activities to develop new commercial opportunities. The Tech Specialist - Electrification role is responsible for the supporting these activities as needed. Detailed responsibilities include: identification of and assessment of relevant emerging technologies and products, supporting the planning of resources to prepare for estimated future needs of the organization, development, and support of new and existing key customer relationships.


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


    Defines, executes, and supports system performance and research and development activities.

    Supports, organizes, and leads customer meetings.

    Identifies and supports business and strategic company development activities.

    Proposal generation, review, and approval.


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


    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



    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:

    Energy Storage System Design, Control

    Electric Motor/Generator Design and Control

    Motor/Generator Inverter Design and Control

    Overall Hybrid Powertrain System Design and Control

    On Board Diagnostics System Design and Control

    Powertrain Controls Software Development Tools, Methods, and Processes

    Formal Systems Engineering Tools, Methods, and Processes



    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

    Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering or related field

    Masters’ degree preferred

    PhD degree in Engineering desired

    Minimum of 7+ years’ experience in area of expertise


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