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Project Engineer - Powertrain Electrification – HV Battery Systems (Electrical and Electronic Development)

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

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Job Purpose:

To be responsible for High Voltage (HV) battery pack electrical and electronic specification, integration and on-time delivery to achieve vehicle attributes for hybrid and electric vehicles across all AML programmes.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

As Project Engineer, HV Battery Systems (Electrical and Electronic Development), you will work with Li-Ion batteries in automotive applications and be responsible for the following activities:

  • To define, own and deliver HV battery pack electrical and electronic systems from concept through to production, including achieving:
  • 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
  • Weight:  Definition of programme weight targets and managing CAD engineers to design system that achieves targets
  • Function:  Generate robust System Design Specification to define system functional targets; deliver components to achieve targets; support Test & Development team with DVP planning & execution & ensure supplier tests are completed on time.
  • Package:  Manage CAD engineers to achieve static & dynamic clearance targets, negotiate component change in other AML R&D departments if required to achieve clearances.
  • Main point of contact for HV battery pack electrical and electronic systems for feasibility, functionality and resolution of technical issues
  • Feasibility, functionality and resolution of technical issues for HV battery pack electrical and electronic systems
  • Cross-functional working with other R&D departments to define HV and associated LV systems to achieve vehicle requirements
  • Support AML Quality, Functional Safety & Cyber Security, Patents and Intellectual Property teams
  • Acquiring and evaluating competitor benchmark information to influence concept creation in early project phases
  • Coordinating system and supplier comparison studies and evaluating RFQ responses to influence management decisions
  • Establish regular design reviews with cross functional teams and support test rig planning and execution
  • Develop and deliver commodity strategy for HV battery pack electrical and electronic system
  • Train, coach and present technical information and share the knowledge throughout AML
  • Develop and record best practices and support development of design manuals to handle the Powertrain Electrification requirements of today and the future.

Qualification & Experience:

The essential areas of previous experience required to undertake this role include:

  • Delivery of HV battery electrical and electronic systems for hybrid and/or electric vehicles
  • Knowledge of all relevant vehicle legislation and certification requirements for HV automotive battery packs
  • Knowledge of project life cycle management from early R&D to series production
  • Hands on experience of working with LV and HV electrical and electronic systems.
  • Leadership of product development projects to production.

Advantageous Experience:

  • HV Automotive Battery Systems development for high performance hybrid and/or electric vehicles
  • Understanding of hybrid and electric powertrain system functionalities and attributes at vehicle, system and component levels
  • Automotive powertrain electrical, electronic and mechanical integration knowledge, including:
  • BMS hardware and software calibration
  • BMS functions (including communication protocols, fault reactions etc)
  • LV and HV component specification (wiring, fuses, connectors, pin out diagrams)
  • Specification of sensors & their positioning
  • Electrical and electronic integration of battery pack into vehicle (including Electrical Architecture)
  • Design best practices (key parameters of module and pack level packaging, wiring, sensing, mechanical and thermal)
  • Ability to take inverter requirements to develop HV harness connections and integration with ePT system
  • Ability to propose vehicle HV earthing layout
  • Busbars
  • Battery pack FMEA
  • Cell, module and pack testing, validation and data analysis
  • End of Line (EOL) testing and specification
  • Supply base and market landscape
  • Trends and applicability of new HV battery system technologies including prevalent cell chemistries
  • 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

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