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Vehicle Test Operator

Motiv Power Systems

Motiv Power Systems

Software Engineering
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

What Makes Motiv Special?

Through a radically different approach to building electric trucks that combines our own patented IP with strategic partnerships, we have developed a line of all-electric medium-duty truck and bus chassis, the Motiv EPIC platform, which are used in a range of truck and bus applications. Our next-generation power management electronics and software make it easy to integrate new technology components into new vehicles and applications.

The ideal candidate will want to be a member of the 2+ ton commercial truck EV Industry leader, with millions of current customer driven miles and tens of millions of pounds delivered in the US and Canada while reducing millions of CO2 pounds of emissions. You will be joining us at a critical inflection point in our growth, when, in addition to launching our sixth generation technology, we are significantly expanding our products, capacity and market volume.

Motiv’s core values are deep passion, curiosity, collaboration, customer focus and “owning it.” If those are values you share, we would love to talk with you about joining our team and taking your career to the next level in one of the hottest technology sectors. To succeed in this job, you must be able to perform the duties listed below – and others as required.

Job Summary:

We are looking for a Vehicle Test Operator to work with our Vehicle Systems Engineering Team to support vehicle testing performed in the workshop, on the test track, and in the field. We are looking for candidates that are ready and excited to take on the many responsibilities associated with leading a high-tech product line. Your success at Motiv will be determined as much by your passion and self-motivation as by your skills and knowledge.


  • Perform durability and vehicle performance test cycles in accordance with Motiv test procedures
  • Durability test cycles include performing various drive cycles on test tracks, public roads and cycling vehicle components
  • Your primary goal is to evaluate vehicle performance & quality during test cycles while maintaining outstanding communication and documentation
  • Assist technicians and engineers to duplicate vehicle behaviors observed during vehicle testing
  • Perform basic pre-drive vehicle safety check (fluids, tire pressure, tire tread condition, etc.)
  • Operate data collection equipment following testing procedures
  • Maintain high quality vehicle data entry into the vehicle test databases and data sheets
  • Write daily drive reports detailing observations and issues
  • Keep all test vehicles charged and ready to drive

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • The successful candidate for this position must have 2+ years experience with testing and validation or similar role, a clean driving record, a general understanding of automotive technology or interest in it, and the flexibility to work in a dynamic & fast paced work environment.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Basic knowledge of vehicle systems
  • Able to work a flexible schedule; Day/night shifts (overtime may be required for this position)
  • Approximately 20% travel to other US domestic test sites and offices
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions to perform vehicle test cycles to test procedure
  • Capability in following technical instructions to operate test vehicles, charging equipment, basic hand tools and test equipment including data/information recording systems in the vehicles
  • Comfortable using MS Office Tools (Outlook/Excel/Word/PowerPoint) among other software programs and computers to do your job
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly observational
  • Willing and able to lift 40 pounds from floor to 48” high
  • Support duties would include: transporting test vehicles and equipment to remote test locations, assisting test technicians/engineers during test preparation, and performing vehicle test driving on test tracks and on public roadways
  • Experience in automotive repair is a plus but not needed
  • Experience in driving medium duty trucks is a plus
  • Minimum required education is a High school diploma
  • BS in Engineering or any college degree is preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a plant environment
  • Occasional exposure to elements such as odor, noise, dust, heat, cold or chemicals within OSHA and California work environment statutes
  • Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned

Salary Range:

  • $25.00 - $35.00 per hour (Salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and training.)

This is a regular full-time position based in Foster City, CA.
Candidates only please; no recruiters.


Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive and comprehensive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Dental, Vision, HSA, Health & Dependent Care FSA, 401(k) with company match, company paid Basic Life and AD&D, employee paid Voluntary Life and AD&D.
  • Generous PTO policy, 11 Paid Company Holidays
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and Education Reimbursement
  • Fresh daily snacks and a healthy Work/Life Balance
  • Access to Perks at Work - Discounted learning, tickets, electronics, travel, health, restaurants & retail.
  • Free Online Training & Development
  • Bicycle friendly, with bike storage available to all Foster City employees with a 5 minute walk to the scenic Bay Front.
  • Regular Happy Hours, Company Cultural Events, and more!

About Motiv

Motiv Power Systems is the medium-duty commercial electric vehicle (EV) leader that frees fleets from fossil fuels. Founded in 2009, the Bay Area-based, commercial EV company draws on 14 years of experience to create accessible, cost-effective, and innovative EV technology for organizations that are the backbone of the economy.

Motiv has more than 150 all-electric trucks and buses on the road with businesses of all sizes, across a broad spectrum of industries, including linen, parcel, food, hospitality, airports, higher education, pupil transportation, and more. Motiv vehicles operate at over 98 percent uptime, and have logged more than two million miles, while also offering fleets up to 85 percent operation and maintenance cost savings. Motiv’s proven EV technology provides operators with a healthier, smoother, and more profitable driving experience.