Technical Program Manager, LiDAR

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Technical Program Manager, LiDAR
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
Job Summary:

The Ford autonomous vehicles team is looking for a Design & Release (D&R) Engineer for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distance). The successful candidate will have full OEM responsibility for all hardware attributes (mechanical and electronic). Position requires knowledge and understanding of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

This position is located at Ford’s Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Resume, Cover Letter, Hardware Portfolio, or Github Profile (if appropriate) submissions are encouraged.

  • Act as lead engineer working with supplier to take LiDAR sensor from concept through to mass production
  • Evaluate program definition, including feature content, market variation, global regulatory compliance, etc.
  • Define supplier scope of effort
  • Lead vehicle-level LiDAR integration, calibration, and validation
  • Conduct technical design reviews with interfacing Ford activities, core engineering, and supplier engineering (software, hardware, mechanical)
  • Lead tradeoff analysis of features to meet cost, weight, and energy management targets
  • Ensure compliance to all subsystem, component and cascaded requirements
  • Lead compatibility reviews to verify all sensor, module and wiring interfaces
  • Lead system and component technical design reviews at engineering milestones
  • Support all prototype and in-plant build events as required - lead resolution of design and manufacturing issues
  • Lead all sensor failure mode avoidance development including subsystem DFMEA development, in-flight reviews and providing input from current sensor/module/system experiences

Job Requirements

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics
  • 2+ years of work experience at automotive OEM or automotive component supplier
  • 2+ years of hands on experience in automotive electronic module; sensor applications or development

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master degree in Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics
  • 1+ years hands on project management
  • 5+ years’ experience in electronic module applications or development, or feature development in automotive or closely related
  • 2+ years in using electrical system-related vehicle diagnostic tools & equipment (vehicle spy, CANalyzer, CANoe, etc.)
  • Some experience with opto-mechanical systems and/or FPGA design
  • Familiar with products utilizing multiple laser emitters and sensors
  • Experience as an OEM Design & Release engineer in all product lifecycle areas: concept design, hardware and software analysis, eFDVS, DV, PV, PPAP/PSW, etc.
  • Knowledge of Ford processes, methods, product life cycle, quality, warranty, etc.
  • Strong Automotive Systems level and Module Design experience
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem resolution skill and experience with both automotive systems and diagnostic systems and software
  • Excellent analytical problem solving skills
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.