Engineer Thermal Management Calibration & Validation - GERMANY



You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel exactly the same way.

We’re currently on the lookout for a Thermal Management Module (TMM) Calibration & Validation Engineer who will be responsible for the calibration and system validation of the thermal management module in Nikola’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle platform.  This lead engineer will be integral in the optimization of the vehicle cooling capabilities for the fuel cell, powertrain, battery and cabin systemsAs a member of Nikola’s Calibration & Validation team, you will have broad influence throughout the entire project while disrupting the status quo as we secure a zero-emissions future with our hydrogen fuel cell electric, class 8 semi-truck.


You Will:

  • Develop calibration sets for the TMM to meet thermal system specifications and performance objectives
  • Evaluate system level performance of the TMM in various environments and conditions
  • Manage test case coverage and acceptance criteria for the TMM to meet vehicle level validation release
  • Support validation and verification activities as needed to bring the TMM from component prototype to vehicle road release for production
  • Track V&V progress to functions and features requirements
  • Execute vehicle integration, design reviews, and related documentation
  • Contribute to the development of Nikola fuel cell electric vehicle technology by participating in both control design workshops and DFMEAs
  • Apply industry and experience-based standards and best practices to the design of Nikola truck vehicle portfolio
  • Travel as needed for development and validation efforts

You Have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computers Science or a related engineering degree
  • 3+ years related experience in automotive ECU validation, integration & diagnostics preferably in thermal management for EV and powertrain applications
  • Class 8 truck and/or electric vehicle experience highly desirable
  • Capable of applying root cause analysis to bring complex problems to resolution
  • Experience in leveraging data collection and analysis for system calibration to optimize vehicle performance and functionality
  • Experience and understanding of project timeline for electric vehicle design, engineering and test, and development programs
  • Experience in coordinating technical discussions between multi-disciplinary vehicle teams and developing well integrated and balanced solutions across different vehicle systems
  • Strong working experience with Vector CANalyzer, PCAN, or other relevant CAN analysis tools is required
  • Experience with system calibration of thermal systems consisting of coolant pumps, valves (EXV/TXV/multi-directional), fans (HV & LV), chillers, heaters, etc.
  • Experience using test and measurement tools such as oscilloscopes, single ended probes, differential probes, multimeters, amp meters, spectrum analyzers etc.
  • Experience with project management tools such as JIRA, JAMA, etc.
  • ISO 26262 Functional Safety experience is a plus
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally

Candidates must have current German work authorization for working in the EU.

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