Associate AD/ADAS Defect Analyst Test Engineer

Long Beach, CA /
US Experience – Electronic Systems Testing (4054) /
Embedded in a worldwide network Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Customer Research, and Open Innovation. In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the teams test durability of the latest driver assistant and telematic systems. The Digital Hub in Seattle focusses on developing a cloud architecture and building out the cloud platform for the next generation of connected car services. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center.

Our Mercedes-Benz Research and Development, Long Beach, CA office is seeking an Associate Defect Analyst to join our Automated Driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems team.

As a testing and validation team passionate about developing safe, high performing, intuitive advanced driver assistance and automated driving systems, we are looking for a new teammate that aligns with those goals. This role supports the development of the future generations of Mercedes-Benz products and technologies, including our next generation of EV models.

The responsibility of this role is to support Automated Driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (AD/ADAS) testing to test, evaluate, and drive local market improvements of the AD/ADAS systems in the USA and Canadian Markets for Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles. The focus of this role is to perform root cause analysis of overall system performance issues in order to identify the likely sub-system responsible software or component issue failure. This role will analyze, document, report, and track these faults for USA and Canada testing activities.

Job Responsibilities:

    • USA and Canadian-market focused testing of Automated Driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems:
    • Systematically evaluate the performance of AD/ADAS systems, with a focus on US-market specific conditions. Review collected measurement data to identify, analyze, and document potential issues found during testing.
    • Review all system faults with first level analysis for root cause and defect routing.
    • Track open faults, provide support to functional owners for further fault analysis, and defect fix confirmation.
    • Maintain a fault tracking system, showing current defect status, responsible party, and fix plan and timing.
    • Follow-up with responsible functional owners to track fixes back to SW releases and make sure tickets are being closed in a timely manner, and escalating where necessary.
    • Summarize faults and findings into summary reports, which need frequent updates. Submit to responsible departments in a systematic and timely manner. Provide Release Recommendation reports as required, based on system performance in the local market.
    • Actively work on process development and continuous improvement.

    • Other responsibilities of this role could include:
    • Technical contributions for all USA and Canadian-market topics to support the related development departments for local market adaptations. This can include system specification reviews and revisions, certification and regulatory reviews. This includes both SAE Level-2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Level-3 Automated Driving projects and responsibilities.
    • An understanding of competitive AD/ADAS systems in the US-market, including system attributes, system performance, and driver feedback and monitoring performance. Utilize this knowledge to review and judge Mercedes-Benz product performance objectively and subjectively compared to competitive systems, and provide feedback and actionable improvements to development departments.
    • Create component and system performance specifications based on unique USA market road and infrastructure conditions, traffic conditions, driver behaviors, or customer expectations.
    • Update and maintain SW and HW on dedicated test vehicle to both released and pre-released levels. The ability to flash ECUs, calibrate sensors, and perform ECU readouts is required.
    • Update and maintain the vehicle measurement equipment to ensure proper operation at all times.
    • Support other engineering teams as needed and to stay informed of feature development, issues, and release status for AD/ADAS systems.

    • Communication and Reporting:
    • Keep regular communication with internal and external departments in order to stay informed on regularly shifting timelines related to all previously mentioned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's of Science Degree, preferably in Engineering (computer, computer science, mechatronics, electrical, mechanical, etc).
    • 1-2 years of experience.
    • AD/ADAS Knowledge: Knowledge of Automated Driving and Driver Assistance Systems. Knowledge of competitor systems and all AD/ADAS sensor technologies.
    • Automotive Development Knowledge: Understanding of vehicle development process. The ability to analyze and interpret diagnostic and fault measurements to trouble shoot issues.
    • Project Management Skills: Ability to coordinate across multiple departments in order to deliver on-time results in a dynamic environment.
    • Organizational and Leadership Skills: Ability to organize tasks and report task status clearly and efficiently to our team, stake-holder departments, and management as needed.
    • Interpersonal and Team skills: Experience in intercultural environment. Must be able to independently build-up working relationships with intra-company expert departments in Germany.
    • Ability to travel up to 10% including domestic and international business trips and test drives. This includes test trips that could require overnight and weekend travel.
    • Driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Ability to test drive vehicles and pass Daimler driver T2 level certification that evaluates the driver’s control of the vehicle dynamics at limit-handling conditions.
Why should you apply?
Here at MBRDNA, you create digital ecosystems around cars, you design a language between humans and machines, you make a car even more intelligent - you make the new reality for cars. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k savings plan, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs and much more.  We have an open and flexible environment to allow you to push boundaries, join MBRDNA and design your future.
MBRDNA is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce.
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