Technical Specialist Mechanical Design, Power Electronics

Karma Automotive Irvine , CA 92618

Posted 2 weeks ago


Karma Automotive creates expressive and beautiful luxury cars that are environmentally conscious. We deliver them with personal attention to customers in the global marketplace. Our customers expect high levels of personalization and customization and we intend to deliver on that promise.

The Technical Specialist Mechanical Design is responsible for mechanical design activity for all Power Electronics components including mechanical packaging, structure for loads and durability, thermal requirements, and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and compatibility. This role is also responsible for design-for-manufacturing and assembly (DFM/DFA) as part of in-house or tiered manufacturing strategy.


  • Responsible for packaging constraints, mechanical, electrical, thermal, environmental and EMI/EMC performance for Power Electronics including Inverter, DCDC, OBCM and electric motor.

  • Utilize state-of-the-art modeling & simulation CAE tools to support design work and critical engineering decisions.

  • Responsible for the design, analysis, development, and validation of all Electromechanical components, and effectively supports subsystem and vehicle-level integration to ensure high-quality performance.

  • Effectively control and manage all design changes affecting Electromechanical (including Power Electronics) components, especially related to larger sub-system requirements.

  • Support all Engineering Design and Release requirements for Electromechanical components.

  • Lead investigation into internal, assembly and customer quality issues for timely, high-confidence resolution. Support robust problem-solving methodology (8D, Red-X, etc.) to define root cause and develop issue resolution path.

  • Serve as company-wide subject-matter expert (SME) for Electromechanical design and development.

  • Support Electromechanical hardware development scheduling within framework of functional rollout plan.

  • Support development of program-specific component specifications that ensure compliance to vehicle and subsystem requirements.

  • Develop and execute Electromechanical test and validation plans.

  • Create reports which address critical vehicle operation issues, engage cross-functional engineering support as required.

  • Track status and report to supervisor/manager and engineering.

  • Utilize issue tracking tool (JIRA) to log software defects and manage day-to-day issue resolution plans.

  • Support opportunities for process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and retention.

  • Support, organize and lead customer/supplier meetings. Travel is required, including international.

  • Support opportunities for process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and retention.

Character traits and related responsibility:

  • Works with all levels of management, including top management

  • Communicates directly with management and cross-functional leaders as required.

  • Must display ability to identify problems, recommend solutions, and negotiate and execute contingency plans.

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

  • Strong teamwork skills. Able to develop consensus and move the program forward. Develop win-win situations.


  • MS in Mechanical Engineering with specialty in mechanical design or CAE.

  • 10+ years of product design, development, and manufacturing experience with automotive power conversion devices.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • General understanding of automotive industry standards such as ASTM, SAE, ISO.

  • Knowledge of high voltage electrical systems in Electric Vehicles or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).

  • Strong problem solving skills.

  • Sense of urgency and strong attention to detail.

  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable

Preferred Qualifications:
(In addition to required):

  • Experience with automotive OEM production-intent development programs.

  • Experience in high voltage applications.

  • Experience in aluminum and plastic parts design

  • Proficient in the use of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

No 3rd Parties. Principals Only, Please

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.

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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Technical Specialist Mechanical Design, Power Electronics

Karma Automotive