May 16, 2019

Technical Specialist – Electrification (2260)

  • AVL North America
  • Plymouth, MI, USA
Full-Time Automotive

Job Description

Electrified technologies are defining both the powertrain and the automotive industry.  

AVL has the expertise to help customers make the choice that’s right for them, and offers development support, testing and validation solutions, simulation tools and the know-how to find success in this new technological landscape; interested in becoming part of this cutting edge team?  AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. is in search of a Technical Specialist in the electrification field.  Candidates applying to this position must possess at least 7 years in the automotive electrification field; power electronics, emotor control, hybrid electric vehicle knowledge.  The Technical Specialist - Electrification provides technical, program, and account management expertise to cross-functional business development and engineering program team execution activities.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.  Employer will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position. 

Engineering Program Team Roles:

The cross-functional program execution team executes a wide variety of vehicle and powertrain system simulation, design, and development projects. The Tech Specialist - Electrification role is responsible for the technical delivery of the electrification portion of the project. Detailed responsibilities include: Functional Requirements definition for electrification components (e.g. battery, electric motor, inverter, voltage converter, system controls, …) and overall system performance, reliability, serviceability, and cost.

The specific roles of a Technical Specialist in this effort include:

  • Defines, plans, leads, and performs System Component Development, System Integration, and System Verification & Validation activity and other relevant engineering project work within project team as required.
  • Lead the definition and execution of: functional requirements, system boundaries, component & subsystem interface definition, and performance tracking. Support functional safety activities.
  • Plans and manages engineering program resources according to project requirements.
  • Mentors less experienced Engineers in the field of Electrification.
  • Works on specific phases or aspects of projects such as technical studies, preparation of specifications, development of electrified systems/components, technical plans, powertrain system and component testing, data analysis and validation.
  • Supports/ensures data quality and writes technical project reports.
  • Reviews project for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer requirements, including opinions and interpretations.
  • Coordinates activities concerned with technical development, scheduling, and resolving engineering test issues.The specific roles of a Technical Specialist in this effort include:
  • Business Development Team Roles:  
  • The business development team executes a wide variety of activities to develop new commercial opportunities. The Tech Specialist - Electrification role is responsible for the supporting these activities as needed. Detailed responsibilities include: identification of and assessment of relevant emerging technologies and products, supporting the planning of resources to prepare for estimated future needs of the organization, development, and support of new and existing key customer relationships.
  • Defines, executes, and supports system performance and research and development activities.
  • Supports, organizes, and leads customer meetings.
  • Identifies and supports business and strategic company development activities.
  • Proposal generation, review, and approval.CommercialSupport and lead as required the Business Development process for specific clientsTechnical Provide effective developmental leadership for other departmental staff in areas of expertiseGlobal AVL implementation of technology Functionality in all and recognized expert in at least one of the following areas:Electric Motor/Generator Design and ControlOverall Hybrid Powertrain System Design and ControlPowertrain Controls Software Development Tools, Methods, and ProcessesRelational Working effectively with customers and other program staff and team membersNegotiation for overall successActive pursuit of personal and organizational improvement 
  • Experience and Education
  • Effective communication with all levels of the organization
  • Organization and resource management
  • Accountability for individual and team delivery
  • Leadership of technical teams of all sizes
  • Formal Systems Engineering Tools, Methods, and Processes
  • On Board Diagnostics System Design and Control
  • Motor/Generator Inverter Design and Control
  • Energy Storage System Design, Control
  • Expertise in regulatory and market segment requirements and end-user expectations
  • Published at least 3 papers accepted by a professional organization or 3 patents awarded
  • Identify, initiate, and support opportunities for technology development, process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and re-use.
  • Efficient on time delivery of customer program expectations with consistently high feedback
  • Quote Leader for a large client program
  • A Technical Specialist is expected to have demonstrated performance abilities in the following areas:        
    • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering or related field
    • Masters’ degree preferred
    • PhD degree in Engineering desire
    • Minimum of 7+ years’ experience in area of expertise   
    • AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. EOE Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled



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