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Project Engineer – Powertrain Electrification - EDU Lead Engineer

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Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: Powertrain


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Job Purpose:

To be responsible for leading specification, integration and on-time delivery of Electric Drive Unit (EDU) systems into Electrified Powertrain programmes for AML vehicles.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To define and own the components (Inverter, eMotor and Gearbox) within the EDU Systems team. Their integration into the EDU system and their integration into vehicle from concept through to production
  • Engage with AML team of transmission, EDU system, ePT System engineers and external suppliers to deliver Inverters and eMotors on time into production, including achieving:

Function:  Generate robust System Design Specification to define system functional targets; deliver components to achieve targets; establish regular design reviews with cross functional teams; support Test & Development team with DVP planning & execution & ensure supplier tests are completed on time.

Package:  Support CAD engineers to achieve static & dynamic clearance targets, negotiate component change in other AML R&D departments if required to achieve clearances. Ensure CAD designs incorporate all Design for Manufacture & Service requirements.

Quality:  Identify & contain potential quality concerns using engineering quality systems (FMEAs, Robustness Studies)

Cost:  Definition of programme cost targets and working with suppliers to deliver system that achieves these targets. Maintain control of tooling, engineering & part costs via AML’s Cost Management System (CMS) and predict the spend to the end of the project to ensure that it can be completed within the available budget.

Weight:  Definition of programme weight targets and supporting CAD engineers to design system that achieves targets

  • Main point of contact for EDU for feasibility, functionality and resolution of all technical issues on specific programmes
  • Deliver the commodity programme to meet Mission Gateway objectives including leading Final Engineering Sign Off activities
  • Support delivery of the Inverter, eMotor, Gearbox and EDU commodity strategy with Manager of EDU systems
  • Define & manage a commodity plan for each programme including design & manufacturing lead-times as well as key programme deliverables timing. 
  • Present status at Gateways and support Powertrain design reviews, AML Package Meetings & Powertrain PMT meetings.
  • Work cross-functionally with other R&D departments to define EDU systems balancing characteristics to achieve vehicle requirements for minimum cost
  • Support control strategy definition for the Inverter, eMotor, Gearbox and EDU
  • Support all Virtual Verification activities, including packaging, 1D & 3D analyses
  • Support thermal modelling of EDU components and systems
  • Coordinate system and supplier comparison studies and evaluate RFQ responses to influence management decisions
  • Complete Change Tracking Documents, Engineering Release Notices & Releases to allow engineering changes to be approved by the AML organisations.
  • Resolve engineering Concerns (using eCMS) in a timely fashion.
  • Lead FMEAs and input to manufacturing PFMEAs.
  • Support Functional Safety, Cybersecurity and EMC activities to ensure compliance
  • Support Intellectual Property (IP) team to protect AML generated IP
  • Acquire and evaluate competitor benchmark information to influence concept creation in early project phases
  • Train, coach and present technical information and share the knowledge throughout AML
  • Develop and record best practices and lead development of Inverter, eMotor and Gearbox design manuals to handle the Powertrain Electrification requirements of today and the future

Qualification & Experience:

    • Delivery of Inverter, eMotors and Gearboxes for hybrid and/or electric vehicles to ISO 26262
    • Deep technical knowledge of Inverter power electronics and/or eMotor design and topologies and/or Gearbox design
    • Hands on experience of working with automotive High Voltage EDU systems
    • Knowledge of all relevant legislation and certification requirements for automotive EDU systems
    • Experience of delivering Inverter, eMotor and/or Gearbox commodities from early R&D to series production through an automotive product creation system
    • Leadership of product development projects to production including supplier management
    • Inverter and eMotor development for high performance hybrid and/or electric vehicles to ISO 26262
    • Understanding of hybrid and electric powertrain system functionalities and attributes at vehicle, system and component levels
    • Understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different Inverter, eMotor, gearbox and EDU layouts
    • Automotive powertrain electrical, electronic and mechanical integration knowledge
    • Experience in high power, high torque density eMotor machine design and delivery
    • Experience in high voltage switching components (MOSFETs, IGBTs)
    • Experience in geartrain design and associated components
    • Use of test equipment to support electrical and electronic system testing
    • Driving product development issues to a resolution
    • Strong user of MATLAB/Simulink
    • Experience with CAD (NX, CATIA)
    • Responsibility in Formula Student/SAE team
    • Engineering Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and/or related field
    • High Voltage Senior Authorised Person Qualification (or equivalent)
    • High Voltage Live Working Qualification


  • Strong teamwork skills, self-motivated, eager to take responsibility and deliver results with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in cross-functional teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organise multiple inputs into succinct summary
  • Accomplished writer of technical and project status reports
  • Fluent presenter of technical information at all levels including to senior director level at AML and in external companies
  • Ability to challenge experts, consultants and seniors by presenting measured opinion
  • Passion for the advancement of hybrid and electric powertrain and vehicle technology

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