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Vehicle Controls Engineer

Kindred Motorworks

Kindred Motorworks

Vallejo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Position Summary

The Vehicle Controls Engineer will be responsible for the design, testing and implementation of different control systems used in electric vintage cars and trucks. The Vehicle Controls Engineer will be expected to interface with several external teams in mechanical, design, and electrical. The Vehicle Controls Engineer will guide and advise technical aspects within new product development in the Vehicle Controls Team.

The ideal candidate will have an automotive control system background, with experience in implementation through to the supporting hardware and prototype vehicles. This is inclusive of but not limited to the following: powertrain, thermal, HMI, body control, state control, battery management.

Vehicle Controls Team Values

  • One Team – You are a team player and can show up in a capacity to support others as well as yourself.
  • Communication – You are dedicated to connecting with the team on a technical and human level.
  • Trust and Respect - We are doing something new and innovative. Your level of openness to other’s ideas as well as your own creations are of paramount value.
  • Engineering Discipline – Your attention to detail and commitment to driving design through to completion of project timelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ECU and vehicle development
  • Defining project requirements
  • Design of essential system signals and logic that support critical functions
  • Implementation and testing from software through hardware
  • Vehicle system and operation verification

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering or related major, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • MATLAB/Simulink experience designing vehicle controls for powertrain and/or thermal systems.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and testing vehicle control systems.
  • Experience developing and implementing controls using Vector CANape/CANoe/CANalyzer.
  • V-Cycle: An understanding of the process it takes to implement systems from concept to creation.
  • Vehicle Network Protocols: Thorough understanding of industry standard communication such as CAN and LIN networks.
  • Strong EE fundamentals and hands on experience with basic electrical test equipment (oscilloscopes, signal generators, power supplies, multimeter, etc.)
  • Project Management – You show a dedication to organization and engineering discipline.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Highly collaborative mindset and strong communication skills
  • Experience developing features within vehicle powertrain systems and/or vehicle dynamics
  • Automotive experience
  • Experience with CAPL (not necessary but an added bonus!)
  • Although not necessary, your passion for cars in any capacity is always appreciated!

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Walking, sitting, standing, bending, and stooping. Lifting, carrying, or pushing/pulling supplies, materials, equipment and/or items weighing up to 75 pounds. Clean and well-organized unconditioned shop environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but at times requires ear plugs, use of eye protection, and/or occasional use of a respirator.

What We Offer

  • A competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
  • A collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Access to cutting-edge tools and technologies.
  • Engagement in projects that impact and improve our products and processes.

If you are a passionate and looking to make a significant impact in a leading company, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Join us in driving innovation and excellence in our industry.