Senior Thermal Vehicle Test Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


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We’re currently on the lookout for a Senior Thermal Vehicle Test Engineer who will perform a critical role in developing and executing vehicle validation tests on Nikola Motor’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. As the Thermal Vehicle Test Engineer, you will have an immediate impact on the vehicle Verification and Validation at Nikola Motor and support the development of world-class, industry-leading vehicles.

You Will:

  • Plan and perform a wide range of vehicle tests with a focus on thermal performance measurements and assessments and vehicle thermal systems validation.
  • Design and create test procedures and support development of subsystem test procedures and DVP/Rs
  • Identify test equipment and instrumentation to purchase for vehicle level testing and measurement
  • Be responsible for instrumentation of test vehicles including; pressure transducers, thermocouples, and flow meters.
  • Create Vehicle Test Reports for thermal performance that includes both subjective and objective test findings and results
  • Create subsystem test reports as required
  • Participate and provide input into Vehicle level DFMEA development
  • Participate in root cause analysis and failure analysis activities
  • Support the development of acceptance criteria for vehicle level validation tests
  • Create detailed Vehicle Level Test Plans
  • Coordinate with external test labs, suppliers, and test tracks to organize and execute testing
  • Correlate test data to vehicle level requirements to ensure all vehicle systems meet targets and acceptance criteria
  • Document and track all issues discovered by validation testing activities and lead issue resolution efforts
  • Work with design teams, systems teams, and CAE teams to resolve issues found during validation testing
  • Manage and track all vehicle testing schedules and highlight and prioritize critical path tests

You Have:

  • BS (Master’s preferred) in ME, EE, or another related Engineering field
  • Minimum of 6 years of automotive test engineering experience (preferably commercial vehicle or hybrid and electric vehicle OEM or Tier 1 supplier)
  • Strong technical writing skills are a must
  • Able to effectively communicate and work cross-functionally across all technical teams and disciplines
  • Highly experienced in creating test procedures and DVP/Rs
  • Experienced setting up and using data acquisition systems to collect vehicle CAN data, and physical thermal instrumentation.
  • Experience using CAN tools and analyzing CAN data
  • Experience leading a team, formally or informally.
  • Capable of trouble shooting and identifying vehicle issues
  • Capable of performing simple and complex driving maneuvers per test requirements and procedures
  • Capable of using hand and power tools to perform repairs and modifications as required
  • Must have an active driver’s license with a clean driving history
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced with full electric vehicle architecture and have a strong understanding of High Voltage Battery Systems, Low Voltage Systems, Powertrain Systems, Structures, Chassis/Suspension, Braking Systems, and Vehicle Software/Firmware
  • Data Analysis experience with MatLab or other relevant tools
  • Experience with testing and analyzing thermal system performance on commercial vehicle platforms.
  • Proven ability to identify and solve complex engineering problems
  • Experience with developing and updating vehicle KPIs and targets for validation testing
  • Solidly established connections with 3rd party test tracks and test labs with an extensive knowledge base of various test site and test lab capabilities
  • Ability to provide both requirements-based and subjective feedback based on vehicle validation and testing
  • Experience with Electric and Hybrid-electric vehicles and operating vehicles on a wide range of surfaces and weather conditions
  • Experience with JIRA, JAMA, and CATIA a plus

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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