Electrical Powertrain Test Engineer

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Electrical Powertrain Test Engineer
Ford Motor Company

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Job ID: 26494BR Job Title: Electrical Powertrain Test Engineer

Position Overview/Description:

Ford Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of automobiles and automotive products, is searching for a highly skilled and motivated candidate in the area of electric powertrain testing to support development of current and future hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles in its Electric Drive Dynamometer and High Voltage Test Lab. You will partner with Electrified Powertrain Engineering engineers to frame the right questions and design research programs that lead us to new insights. With your creative and analytical mind, you will use key insights to frame new opportunity spaces and guide the experience vision for our future global customers. As a team player, you will create impact by collaborating across the Electrified Powertrain Engineering organization and with key work partners throughout the company – product, engineering and technology teams.

The Ford Global Electrified Powertrain Engineering Team is a growing team committed to envisioning and creating simple, thoughtful, enjoyable and compelling product experiences that continually inspire our teams and customers to go further.

Our diverse Global Electrified Powertrain Engineering Team – situated in greater Detroit, Dunton and Nanjing - is comprised of Electrified Powertrain Engineering test engineers, researchers, calibration engineers, hardware designers, software designers, industrial designers, prototypers, and project managers. Together our team works to understand our changing world, identify new opportunities, and take action to design and innovate for the future of mobility – Ford’s vehicles and surrounding experiences.


  • Testing of inverter systems, electrical machines and operating supporting auxiliary test systems and test facility equipment
  • Operation of test cells with variable frequency drives, battery simulators, active/passive loads and thermal chambers
  • Electric machine and inverter system heating and cooling control under test.
  • Microcontroller operation and interface
  • CAN/Ethernet based communications
  • Configuration of data acquisition systems to measure temperature, voltage, current, electrical and mechanical power, speed, torque, vibration, pressure and others
  • Configuration and execution of manual and automated tests
  • Post processing test data and generating test reports
  • Ensure overall quality of project solutions throughout the design process
  • Share and present work to cross-functional teams and executive leadership

Job Requirements:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical or Automotive Engineering)
  • 2+ years of work experience in a test laboratory environment working with power systems and or power electronics/electric machines
  • 2+ years of experience with one of the following test and measurement equipment: data acquisition, oscilloscopes, motor controllers or variable frequency drives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or higher degree in Electrical Engineering and/or Mechanical Engineering (MSEE or MSME)
  • 3 years of experience in electric machines, motor drives, motor controls and calibration, motor and inverter cooling systems, and electromechanical interaction of electric drives
  • 3 years of experience related to testing motor drive systems including: design verification testing, thermal testing, durability testing, and test automation
  • Familiarity with energy control-power lock out, arc flash and high voltage safety training / best practices
  • Knowledge of ISO test equipment calibration requirements / practices and quality standards
  • Knowledge of 5D and FMEA methods
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Proficient computer skills with Matlab & MS Office products
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple tasks

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.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, TN visa holders may be considered.

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.