Senior Engineer, Powertrain Software and Calibration

Redford, MI /
Powertrain – Powertrain Calibration (4062) /
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.

The purpose of this position is to develop, validate and calibrate powertrain control functions to meet legislative and company-specific targets across multiple hybrid and conventional powertrains, vehicles, and markets. The main functional responsibility of this position is in the field of base engine and emission control functions.

The development of powertrains emphasizes a system approach, integrating engineering disciplines including classical combustion engines, electrical components and software. Software development, calibration and testing are performed in one group without the traditional barriers of the disciplines.

The job is to analyze AMG- and MB-internal and external customer demands and translate them into powertrain features, software functions and calibrations. Test cases are
developed in close coordination with the internal customers. The senior engineer is responsible for function groups. He/She is the subject matter expert with knowledge and experience to plan and execute all development steps required to release function and calibration, to provide all documentation and to support the certification effort.

In ensuring the conformity to development targets, rigorous testing, issue analysis, and issue resolution are required. The development approach includes resources such as SiL/HiL, test rigs and dynos (fuel economy and emission tests) and test vehicles.

Job Responsibilities:

    • Perform engine control function development and calibration to meet legislative and company-specific targets across multiple (hybrid-) engines, vehicles, and markets.
    • The work includes but is not limited to base engine and emission control functions.
    • Typical functional areas are: hybrid operating strategy; Predictive operating strategy functions; Engine load shift; Charging; Operating modes state machine; Start functions; E-motor and ICE idle control; E-motor and ICE anti jerk function; Pedal calibration; Torque path; Lambda control and adaption; Catalyst heating, temperature maintenance; Thermal protection and O2 storage balancing; Catalyst oxygen storage determination and catalyst oxygen purge; Engine start and enrichment; Canister purge control diagnostic functions; Stop/Start strategy; Combustion and base engine functions; Exhaust after-treatment functions; Direct Injection Fuel System; Adaption functions; Fuel cut off, and On Board Diagnostics (OBD) functions.
    • Perform development and validation testing in vehicles, on SiL/HiL setups, on test benches, on roller dynamometers and on the road.
    • Develop and manage calibration variants supporting multiple vehicle types and target markets.
    • Participate in test trips for cold, hot, and high altitude development and validation.
    • Analyze and summarize data.
    • Contribute to the formal documentation for release and certification.
    • The senior engineer is responsible for function groups. He/She is the subject matter expert with knowledge and experience to plan and execute all development steps required to release function and calibration, to provide all documentation, to align inter-project expert groups and to support the certification effort.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor / Master’s in Mechanical, Electrical, or Automotive Engineering.
    • Formal school training on engineering fundamentals, automotive, hybrid powertrains and components such as internal combustion engine, e-motor, transmission, inverter, battery.
    • Hands-on experience with test bench, dynamometer and in-vehicle calibration. Able to work independently in vehicle and other testing environments.
    • Hands-on experience with calibration development tools such as ETAS INCA and Vector CANalyzer/CANape, Matlab.
    • Calibration experience in the field of base engine and emission control functions.
    • Function development experience with software development and/or calibration in embedded software environment; programming skills in C/C++, Target link, Auto-coder and knowledge of software development methods and processes a plus.
    • Hands-on experiences using on Software-in-the-Loop and/or HiL for testing. Knowledge of and experiences with Matlab /Simulink /Stateflow. Simulation experience helpful.
    • Competence in understanding and solving complex engineering problems. Able to explain technical problems and solutions to management.
    • Strong planning and organizational skills. Teamwork and communication skills as well as intercultural skills to drive assigned topics and coordinate stakeholders across three continents and different time-zones with minimum supervision.
    • Self-motivated to grow technical knowhow in assigned engineering areas. Self-study and fast learning skills. Able to propose and implement creative solutions. Willingness to train other employees in the subject matter.
    • Professional confidence in making engineering decisions. Able to clarify issues, set up goals, collect information, get resources and make sound engineering decision on technical issues.
    • Excellent data analysis and presentation skills.
    • Knowledge of MS Office programs, email clients, and databases.
    • Willing to travel domestically and/or internationally as required.
    • Experience with hybrid powertrain and direct injection gasoline engines. Calibration experience in other areas such as e-motor, base engine/combustion, OBD and emissions optimization.
    • Ability to facilitate issue resolution in cases of conflicting requirements between emissions, drivability, diagnostics, and fuel consumption.
    • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with control function development is a plus.
    • Experience with high ethanol content fuels is a plus.
    • In depth emission certification & regulatory experiences is plus.
    • German language a plus.
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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