Chief Engineer - Nikola Powersports

Salt Lake City


Chief Engineer - Nikola Powersports


Located at our office in Salt Lake City, Ut, the Nikola Powersports Chief Engineer will be responsible for all Nikola Powersports vehicles system engineering.

Responsibilities: - Definition and generation of product and process specifications covering all Nikola Powersports vehicles. To include all vehicle level subsystems: motor gearbox drive units, high voltage battery assemblies, high voltage power electronics, DC-DC converter, low/high voltage electronic components and electrical harnessing layout, vehicle chassis, suspension systems, and body panels, ect. - Execution of design review and DFMEA processes and related documentation - Vehicle design analysis, validation and development, as well as procedures documentation. - Technical project planning, management and reporting procedures and documentation. - Production of plans and timing as required to develop new business proposals. - Creating technical presentations. - Matching and selecting vehicle design elements as dictated by vehicle application, and factoring in system energy efficiency, performance, dependability and lifecycle costs. - Configuring vehicle systems with the customer layout, packaging and assembly requirements in mind including impacts variation analysis (tolerance limits). - Reading and interpreting engineering specifications and piece-part drawings, including GD&T. - Performing selection and sizing tasks to include appropriate mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical components into an overall vehicle design to deliver a system-balanced design solution. - Applying industry- and experience-based standards and best practices to the design of Nikola Powersports vehicles portfolio. - Applying control theory and application know-how to configuration development of base hardware mechanisms and the supporting control system componentry, algorithms and software - Applying heat transfer and fluid dynamic principles to vehicle subsystem design and the integration into the higher-tier vehicle system - Application of material selection/properties, processing, heat treatment know-how as required for calculating size, deflection, life prediction and overall suitability for electric vehicle use - Perform classical and computer-aided calculations, simulations and virtual analysis/validation for: - Gears, splines, shafting and other mechanical power transmittal devices. - Bearings, bushings and other anti-friction elements - Sealing systems, retention and other bolted/fastened interfaces - Gearbox friction elements and ratio changing components - Fluid power elements such as torque converters, fluid couplings, hydrostatic pumps/motors, fluid pumps, controls, filtration, cooling, base fluid, etc. - System and component thermal analysis, heat transfer and cooling considerations - Gearbox loss/efficiency estimates, improvements, development tasks - Gearbox NVH control estimating, best practice design, development and vehicle integration - All vehicle systems structural design and analysis for strength, rigidity, NVH contribution, mass, etc. - Any and all other aspects of vehicle application and subsystem engineering


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