Senior EE Hardware Systems Engineer GERMANY

Ulm, 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.

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Nikola is on the hunt for a talented and motivated Senior EE Hardware Systems Engineer to join the Electrical and Electronic Systems team.

You will:
  • Lead the Junior Engineers and new grads in the team's daily activities and tasks.
  • Determine how to integrate components into the vehicle’s electrical architecture and set the example relying on experience and expertise
  • Initiate process and product improvement exercises
  • Assist the functional manager guiding the team in areas of expertise
  • Serve as logical owner for vehicle functions that impact the electrical system
  • Strive to become an engineering leader to help realize the company's objectives into engineering tasks, showing initiative to entry level and junior team members by setting the example.
  • Deliver logical schematics showing point to point wiring between components as it pertains to a vehicle function
  • Develop and implement scripts in Python to analyze vehicle logs against electrical system requirements
  • Track system level electrical characteristics such as total quiescent current, total continuous current, minimum voltage level and maximum voltage level for each electrical power circuit
  • Create electrical device connectivity specifications which are imported into Nikola design libraries
  • Create topology diagrams representing the placement of electrical components throughout the vehicle
  • Strive to become a systems specialist for electrical component design release engineers (DRE)
  • Become a subject matter expert in electrical architecture on Nikola platforms and train others.
  • Collaborate with ECU hardware, controls, firmware, and harness groups in Nikola and serve as the interface for the electrical and controls department to the rest of the company
  • Work on R&D special projects as directed to meet management objectives on current and future projects.
  • Be a role model and mentor to junior engineers while striving towards an engineering Lead role.
  • Take initiative to resolve technical issues as they arise and own them until completion.
You will become familiar with:
  • Electronic systems and architecture of battery and or fuel cell electric vehicles or comparable transferable experience
  • High level scripting languages such as Python and CAPL
  • EE Architecture and design layout tools such as Capital Logic, SysML, Lucidchart, Visio, UML diagram tools
  • Requirement, task, and project management tools such as JAMA and JIRA
  • Design for safety and homologation requirements derived from ISO 26262, FMVSS, UL, CMVSS, QS process documentation and processes required to bring products from concept to production.
  • Digital communication protocols and analysis tools – CAN, SPI, Ethernet, CANalyzer, CANape
  • Design process documentation such as DVP, FMEA, TSC, HARA, Capability studies, RASIC.
  • Presenting data to varied audiences for the purposes of conveying engineering information

 You have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Computer, or a similar engineering field with 4 to 7 years of experience.
  • A Willingness to join a diverse and dynamic team that works on the entire vehicle architecture on a fast paced group with responsibility across multiple programs (Fuel cell and electric drivetrains)
  • Ability to effectively communicate with different levels of the organization across multiple departments clearly and by relying on data
  • Demonstrated intermediate understanding of mechanical and electrical systems interactions in an automotive environment.
  • Understanding of any or some of the following: DC to DC converters, power systems switches (solid state and mechanical devices), High voltage DC systems, switching circuits, wiring loading, EMC compatibility, High voltage and or low voltage battery systems.
  • Understanding of design for manufacturability, manufacturing processes and controls (design, quality).
  • Understanding and knowledge of processes involving DFMEA, PFMEA, Control plans, FuSa, HARA, FEA, Root cause analysis, Impact analysis, Change Requests and reports
  • Proven ability in report creation and data analysis with a focus on real world problem solving.

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


Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO)

Nikola Motor Company™ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

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