Powertrain Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


We’re on the lookout for a Powertrain Engineer to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-functional role, related to our high voltage E-Powertrain. In this role you’ll work on multiple aspects of the E-Axle system of Class 8 heavy duty trucks. You will support a variety of roles based on your skillset and company requirements.

Additionally, you will:

  • Work on several aspects of component and system level testing, including instrumentation, test fixtures and setup, procedures, and reporting for Powertrain. Testing may involve DVP&R (Design Verification Plan and Report) development and testing of multiple programs, powertrain dyno testing, chassis dyno, durability testing, thermal performance, EMC, NVH, track and road testing.
  • Heavily support detailed analysis of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products that may be integrated into an eAxle
  • Support component- and system-level simulations, typically using Simulink.
  • Support development of 2D, 3D, and analytical models
  • Assist with fabricating prototype test setups and hardware-in-the-loop testers to integrate new subsystems with simulated and actual vehicle components
  • Assist with electromagnetics, mechanical, and/or thermal design aspect of various components in the E-Axle, including the e-motor, gearbox, differential, axle structure, thermal system components, etc.
  • Work with the cross-discipline development and design engineers throughout the Powertrain organization to ensure the relevant subsystems are designed with appropriate requirements
  • Assist with various components and assemblies in CAD tools
  • Perform complex design analysis
  • Develop engineering designs (including subsystems)
  • Implement engineering changes

You have:

  • B.S. in EE, EET, ME, MET, Automotive Engineering, or related degree, plus 1+ years of industry experience working with electro-mechanical systems, or
  • M.S. in EE, EET, ME, MET, Automotive Engineering, with a specialty working on electric powertrain systems or components
  • Strong foundation of electrified powertrain concepts (motor, inverter, gearbox, and battery systems), emerging trends, and overall system interaction
  • The ability to work effectively in a cross functional group setting
  • The ability to work independently
  • Must have the ability to deliver succinct written and verbal communication
  • Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems involving networked microprocessors and software-controlled electrical or electromechanical devices.
  • Experience safely working with high voltage
  • Ability to analyzing data, as well as developing analytical tools to command functions, to monitor responses, to parse data from log files, or to aid in data review
  • Creative capacity for developing new ways to integrate complex system better and faster in alignment with the aggressive industry approach to revolutionary product development
  • Motivation and able to manage multiple assignments concurrently with limited supervision, while driving day-to-day operations

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada.  This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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