Battery Systems Engineer

/Battery Systems Engineer
February 14, 2019
Auburn Hills, MI
Job Type


The Battery Systems Engineer is a Core Engineering position, and is a key member of the Traction Battery Center of Excellence (COE) and Hardware Integration Groups. The Battery Systems Engineer will be responsible for development of technical requirements, synthesis and analysis of them by and with suppliers, and overall verification during the complete design cycle in battery packs for xEV programs.

The responsibilities include:

  • Develop, document the engineering requirements for automotive traction battery systems. Lead other engineers and teams to balance requirements
  • Decompose system requirements into subsystem and component requirements
  • Analyze critical battery performance during the entire product lifecycle including: power and energy performance, battery life, safety performance
  • Manage and negotiate the critical energy storage system key interfaces to other vehicle subsystems including: Charging, electrical, thermal, traction controls, vehicle structure, etc. 
  • Manage requirement compliance matrix and traceability. Define mitigation plans for critical systems gaps
  • Develop and use analytical tools for verifying battery system performance 
  • Develop robust system architecture and customer centered design solutions for vehicle specific requirements
  • Help develop tests as needed for verifying battery system performance and execute product design improvements
  • Provide technical expertise in investigation of system issues and support root cause analysis and mitigation and corrective action plans
  • Develop System DFMEA and define risk mitigation plans for high risk items
  • Develop System DVPR. Develop system test cases to ensure robust system design
  • Help document lessons learned and best practices in energy storage systems area
  • Stay informed on battery industry trends, product benchmarks, technologies and designs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Industrial, Systems, or Computer Engineering, or related Engineering field from an ABET accredited, or ABET equivalent university
  • Minimum of 5 years in product engineering design and development in automotive or related industry with 3 years working experience in xEV technology applications and areas such as development of electrochemical battery storage systems, high voltage architecture development, and/or electric powertrain components such as electric traction motors & power electronics
  • Experience in attribute modeling with Matlab/Simulink & Excel 
  • Strong technical project management skills to lead and support management level presentations and project overviews
  • Demonstrate excellent level of analytical ability, communication and interpersonal skills required to build relationships and coach team members, and work with customers to solve problems and resolve issues
  • Self-starter, with an ability to operate independently when required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Engineering, as accredited by ABET or ABET equivalent; other graduate level technical degrees in the specific area of relevant specialty expertise may be considered
  • Thorough knowledge of electrification technology functionality and features on the system level
  • High Voltage training and advance battery design/development experience is desirable
  • Experience using a disciplined system development process based on ASPICE or CMMI model
  • Experience with DOORs, Canalyzer and Canape, ANSYS and/or StarCCM, Catia/NX
  • Knowledge of battery test methods and procedures
  • Strong proactive and reactive engineering problem solving skills (including DFSS, Kepner Tregoe, 8D, 5Why, Shainin, etc.)

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