Senior Engineer, Mercedes Me Charge Testing

Long Beach, CA /
Test Operations – Electronic Systems Testing (4054) /
Full-time
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.

As a Senior Engineer, you will focus on Electric Vehicle projects relative to US vehicle testing, data collection, defect analysis, and reporting to both intern and extern customers. This position is also responsible for Vehicle Charging Systems and Charging Stations user acceptance testing.

In addition, you will be expected to evaluate and drive continuous improvement of the overall EV Charging Systems, Charging Stations and User Interfaces of MB carlines to the US and Canadian Markets. The role has end-to-end testing process responsibilities including planning test events, creating and maintaining test cases, execution of test cases, authoring defects, performing in-depth analysis of defects, defect fix retesting, and delivering high quality engineering test reports.

The Senior Test Engineer supports our Research and Development Sponsors in the development and release of EV Charging solutions for Battery Electric and Plug-in EV Vehicles. Specifically, the Senior Engineer ensures the Quality of the EV Charging Systems (On/Off Board) and the User Interfaces. This includes validation of the Head Unit Display, Mobile App, EVSE Displays and 3rd Party Charging Applications.

This position requires regular on-road test drives, both locally in Southern California and across the United States and Canada.

Job Responsibilities:

    • Project Coordination and Technical point of Contact for Mercedes me Charge Testing:
    • Plan and manage Mercedes me Charge (MmeC) activities in areas of test activity planning, test schedules, test catalogs, test environments, test execution, issue management and reporting.
    • Support EVA/EV Test Drives and Press Events to ensure that test vehicles are equipped with MMeC.
    • Responsible to ensure that all Test Vehicles at MBRDNA are equipped with MMeC.
    • Support other departments (Tuscaloosa, Sales, Press events etc.) with MMeC Activation.
    • Participate in RD/AE and QM Test Drive Wrap-Up Meetings for MMeC Issue discussion.
    • Be the point of Interface to Electrify America, Electrify Canada, ChargePoint, EVGo for North America Markets.
    • Regular synchronization with HQ including visit to Germany.

    • Perform MmeC Testing and Issue Management:
    • Maintain a comprehensive test catalog for MmeC testing for US and Canadian Markets.
    • Systematically execute a comprehensive test catalog and evaluate the EV Charging systems and User Interfaces, with a focus on US/Canadian market specific EVSEs.
    • Collect Charging System and supplemental data to identify, analyze, and document potential issues found during testing.
    • Document defects in JIRA and/or the STARC defect management system. Track open defects and provide support to RD colleagues with analysis of defects and supporting artifacts.
    • Conduct detailed analysis and summarize defects & findings into a report, and submit to responsible departments in a systematic and timely manner.
    • Gather and analyze information on EVSEs (Networks and Suppliers) of Technological implementation including 3rd party integration for Charging EVs.
    • Support EV Charging Infrastructure Vendor Testing at various locations to ensure compliance with ISO15118 and other industry standards.

    • Communication and Reporting:
    • Conduct detail analysis and summarize defects & findings into a report, and submit to responsible departments in a systematic and timely manner.
    • Regular and proactive communication to management on delays and/or risks with MmeC Testing Activities, escalation of showstopper issues, and needed test resources.
    • Ability to create and maintain a central repository of MmeC topic discussion/meeting notes and clearly highlights risks, issue/task assignment and status with dates.
    • Utilize experience and Charging Systems knowledge to escalate concept/systems issues to management when required to assure successful product release in the North American markets.
    • Periodic reporting for Testing Schedule, Test Plan maturity, Vehicle/Test Environment Status, and test progress.
    • Keep regular communication with internal and external departments to inform on potential issues with Charging Systems/Product Offering. Be an “early warning sensor” for USA.
    • Actively participate and represent the North America Markets in Global Governance meetings.

    • Other responsibilities:
    • Maintain high awareness of the EV charging infrastructure in the USA to align our testing efforts to match the EVSE type and supplier market share.
    • Evaluate accuracy of 3rd Party Charging Data: within Map Feature Services, Charging Station Tariff/Rates, Power Output, etc.
    • Work independently and meet deadlines.
    • Continuously improve testing strategies and planning for MmeC test planning, test methods and reporting.
    • Provide technical expertise to other engineering teams with EV Charging System and EV Charging Infrastructure knowledge when requested.
    • Research US specific Charging Systems and Industry Standards to ensure compliance.
    • US and International travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering/Computer Science.
    • Electric Vehicle Systems Knowledge: Advanced knowledge of Battery Management Systems and basic Electric Vehicle Charge Stations. Deep understanding of EV/HV systems, Vehicle Charging Systems, and industry standards such as ISO 15118. Deep understanding of BV/PHEV test methodologies and issue management processes
    • Driving skills and High-Voltage Electric Vehicle Qualification: as this role requires the HEV Mercedes-Benz certification and special driving certification. The applicant will be expected to pass an HEV and driver certification test. The applicant must also get certified in an approved First Aid and Blood Borne pathogen Certification course.
    • Project Management Skills: Ability to coordinate across multiple departments for vehicle updating, testing, and reporting in order to deliver on-time results in a dynamic and fast passed environment.
    • Interpersonal and Team skills: Experience in intercultural environment. German language skills preferred to read and understand project requirements and communicate with counterparts in Germany, but not required. Applicant must be able to independently build-up working relationships with intra-company expert departments in Germany.
    • Ability to travel up to 30% including domestic and international business trips and test drives. This includes test trips that require frequent overnight and weekend travel.
    • Driver License in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Testing experience in Electric Vehicle Battery Management Systems and DC/AC Charging Stations (EVSEs).
    • First-hand experience with vehicle troubleshooting, Daimler diagnostic tools, project management.
    • Master's degree with emphasis in Computer, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering.
    • German Language skills.
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.
 
MBRDNA only accepts resumes from approved agencies who have a valid Agency Agreement on file. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, MBRDNA employees, or send to any MBRDNA location.  MBRDNA is not responsible for any fees or claims related to receipt of unsolicited resumes.

Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. Please be aware the impact of COVID-19 could increase the amount of time it takes our HR and Hiring Team to process your application. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are dedicated to the health and safety of our employees and candidates. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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