Powertrain Systems Validation Engineer

Karma Automotive Irvine , CA 92606

Posted 5 months ago


Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising.

We make beautiful, ecologically sensitive products, and we will provide a memorable ownership experience for our customers.

The Powertrain System Validation Engineer is responsible for designing system level testing setup, executing validation items and analyzing validation results. This engineer will also be responsible for troubleshooting PT issues in engineering and production vehicle fleets to determine root cause.


  • Create and manage test cases in Polarion

  • First point of contact for powertrain issues on the fleet

  • Verify powertrain electrical and control system function/performance meets specifications

  • Design powertrain system level testing setup and test cases according to system/subsystem requirements.

  • Execute powertrain system testing cases, analyze testing results and create reports.

  • Based on validation result, recommend changes or improvements to hardware, software or calibration

  • Work with hybrid controls team, powertrain electrical team, powertrain mechanical team and electrical systems team to ensure powertrain system operates as intended

  • Quickly diagnose vehicle issues and work with other teams to determine root cause and develop solution


General Requirements for consideration

Should be able to demonstrate a background knowledge and functional competence in the following areas:

  • System Engineering V-cycle development process and targets of each stage

  • Hybrid Powertrain subsystems

  • Transmissions, gears and driveline operation

  • Electric motors / generators

  • Power Electronics Inverters, High Voltage Subsystems

  • Battery Packs

  • Powertrain Architecture, Interface and communication.

  • CAN protocol

  • Control algorithms and control system development and integration

  • Powertrain calibration

  • Diagnostics & OBD II

Character traits and related responsibility

  • Works together with all teams in Powertrain, E/E, Vehicle integration, and have strong project management & teamwork skills

  • Must display ability to identify problems and recommend solutions

  • Must be able to accept personal responsibility and accountability for major analytical and planning assignments

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate bachelor's degree in Control or Electrical Engineering

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • 5 years of validation/testing responsibility and hands on experience with hybrid/EV powertrain systems

  • Experience with engineering tools like CANalyzer, INCA, Matlab, oscilloscope

Preferred Qualifications (In addition to required)

  • Masters of control/software or Electrical Engineering degree (or equivalent)

  • Hybrid/EV Powertrain development with a major OEM on production intent development programs

  • Knowledge of DC-DC Converters, on board Chargers, energy storage subsystems, Hybrid controls

Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions. Relocation assistance is available.

NO 3rd Party Recruiters. Principals Only, Please

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver's license may be required based on essential duties.

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