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Electrical Machine Principal Engineer


Powertrain Development


Competitive salary package, negotiable depending on background and experience.

Full Time

Birmingham B37 7YG, UK

About the Role

Take a leading role in Electrical Machine technology specification, control and integration into xEV automotive vehicle applications.
Provide technical background to support powertrain and vehicle performance simulation leading to technology selection and function verification.


  • The successful candidate will likely hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in automotive, Electrical or Electronics Engineering

  • Strong background in Electrical Machine design coupled with an Integration and test background:

  • In-depth knowledge of Electrical Machine technologies and their integration to Hybrid and BEV automotive applications

  • Detailed knowledge of electrical machine topologies and their drive control

  • Knowledge of electromagnetic theory of electrical machines and motor control theory

  • A detailed understanding of electrical machine attributes including performance, NVH, cost

  • A thorough understanding of electrical machine thermal management approaches

  • Motor inverter design and motor control with emphasis on Automotive traction and generation motors

  • Detailed knowledge of electrical machine power electronic drives

  • Communication protocol: CAN/ CAN FD

  • AutoSpice Quality standards

  • Electrical Machine design simulation: Matlab/Simulink, Mathcad, Motorcad, Fluxmotor to accurately model electrical machine and system performance

  • HW Test: Test case design and test equipment, oscilloscope, etc

  • EMC and reliability: Test and debug

  • Experience in Automotive Powertrain Control Development would be an advantage

  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills, including the ability to write clear documentation

  • Excellent communication skills and able to work as part of a cross-functional team

  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of system engineering processes

  • Experience of control system development using MiL, HiL and prototype vehicles

  • Capable of performing robustly in a dynamic environment

  • Proven track record of delivering within demanding deadlines

  • Direct experience is essential with preferably some of this within the Automotive Industry

  • Working knowledge of Functional Safety Standard ISO26262 would be an advantage

  • Experience of working with hybrid and battery electric vehicles would be an advantage

  • Experience of undertaking DFMEA at System and Sub-System level, with good logical reasoning

  • Able to operate within a team to strive for improvements and high customer service

  • Evidence of achieving results through effective self-motivation and prioritization

  • An ability to overcome cultural barriers

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead Electrical Machine technology selection

  • Lead and generate Electrical Machine Technical specification

  • Lead Electrical Machine Simulation

  • Lead Electrical Machine functional test specification

  • Support Powertrain performance simulation at both powertrain and vehicle level

  • Support Powertrain Hardware, Software and Control Integration

  • Support Automotive Electronic Powertrain Control System development for future Changan Vehicles

  • Work within a team of engineers in the UK and provide support to engineers based offshore

  • Support the buildup of an in-depth understanding of Electronic Powertrain Control System interactions other vehicle systems

  • Actively support effective communication with various teams to ensure that requirements are adequate and achievable.

  • Working closely with the safety and diagnostic teams to ensure fault reaction strategy is both adequate and achievable

  • Support the development of documented Test Procedures to effectively validate control strategies on HiL , Rig and prototype vehicles

  • Work closely with multidiscipline teams to ensure right first-time control systems

  • Support the development and delivery of electronic control architectures for diverse variants of powertrain architecture including hybrid, BEV

Other Features

  • Role based in UK with core CAUK team

  • Must be eligible to work in the UK

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