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Senior Vehicle Verification & Validation Engineer, Durabilit

Company: Nikola Corporation
Location: Phoenix
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Vehicle Verification & Validation Engineer, Durability & HMA Development You're passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn't scare you - it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel--exactly--the same way.

Drive Forward. Introduce yourself to us and let's start a conversation. We are currently on the lookout for a-- Senior Vehicle Verification & Validation Engineer, Durability & HMA Development with experience in full vehicle validation on our team in Phoenix, AZ. As a member of the Validation organization, you will report to the manager of the durability team. This role will focus on developing and implementing CAE processes that enable the successful launch of multiple world-class electric and fuel cell vehicles. You will validate sound engineering practices and CAE tools to ensure the durability of truck and power sport vehicles and provide feedback to design teams. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the design of first-generation battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell trucks and power sport vehicles.

Your responsibilities:

  • Subject matter expert in RLDA and Analysis and Schedule, Route, Test Plan, and test procedures for Vehicle NVH, durability, and high mileage accumulation
  • Highly Experienced and responsible development of Vehicle Validation Plans, Vehicle System DVP/Rs, test procedures, and support development of subsystem test procedures and DVP/Rs
  • Validate dynamic & vibration data using MATLAB and CAE software tools.
  • Strong understanding of fatigue life and acceleration methods for durability track and 4-post/7-post shaker test profile development.
  • Manage all test cases and track statuses and issues of all validation activities in Jira.
  • Develop mission profiles based off of field and proving ground data.
  • Work jointly with the testing and simulation teams to formulate a plan that ensures verification coverage for all vehicle requirements.
  • Work with requirement vehicle system owners to ensure that all requirements are verifiable and are linked to test cases with well-defined pass/fail criteria
  • Coordinate with the broader system teams (functional safety, EE, etc.) to look for potential coverage gaps and develop mitigation plans where gaps exist
  • Interface with Safety and Compliance office to ensure that the verification plan meets product, regulatory and business needs
  • Work closely with internal engineering teams to track development statuses for all vehicle systems and adjust validation and test schedules accordingly
  • Ensure that data collected during public road testing provides validation feedback on the completeness and correctness of requirements
  • Establish best practices to publish status and progress towards verification and validation of requirements throughout the product development lifecycle
  • Work with engineering teams to ensure that system and subsystem verification plans are coherent and that clearly defined acceptance criteria are in place
  • Plan and perform a wide range of vehicle tests including performance, reliability, durability, vehicle systems validation, and abuse testing
  • Responsible for identifying test equipment and instrumentation to purchase for vehicle level testing and measurement for RLDA, Durability, and HMA activities.
  • Experienced setting up and using data acquisition systems to collect road load data, noise levels, temperature, and electrical data
  • Experience using CAN Tools and analyzing CAN data
  • Experience driving a wide range of vehicle types and ability to identify issues or potential areas of the vehicle that require improvements such as handling, electrical issues, ride comfort, and interior noise/vibration
  • Creation of Vehicle Test Reports for Durability, Environmental, Electrical, Firmware, Reliability, and High Mileage Accumulation Testing that includes both subjective and objective test findings and results.
  • Experience with planning and logistics for HMA activities including portable charging stations and handling of HMA issues.
  • Responsible for creating subsystem test reports as required
  • Participate and provide input into Vehicle level DFMEA development
  • Participate in root cause analysis and failure analysis activities
  • Support development of acceptance criteria for vehicle level validation tests
  • Capable of inspecting and identifying vehicle issues
  • Coordinate with external test labs, suppliers, and test tracks to organize and execute testing
  • Capable of performing simple and complex driving maneuvers per test requirements and procedures
  • Correlate test data to vehicle level requirements to ensure all vehicle systems meet targets and acceptance criteria
  • Document and track all issues discovered by validation testing activities and lead issue resolution efforts
  • Work with design teams, systems teams, and CAE teams to resolve issues found during validation testing
  • Manage and track all vehicle testing schedules and highlight and prioritize critical path tests
  • Capable of using hand and power tools to perform repairs and modifications as required Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experienced with full vehicle architecture durability in High Voltage Battery Systems, Low Voltage Systems, Structures, Controls, Chassis/Suspension, Braking Systems, and Vehicle Software/Firmware
    • Data Analysis experience with MATLAB or other relevant tools
    • Experience with reliability metrics such as MTTF, MMTF, and MTBF
    • Previous validation experience of preprocessing using Hypermesh or ANSA
    • Understanding of static and dynamic analysis including the fundamentals of linear and nonlinear analysis
    • Proven ability to identify and solve complex engineering problems
    • Experience with developing and updating vehicle KPIs and targets for validation testing
    • Solidly established connections with 3 rd party test tracks and test labs with an extensive knowledge base of various test site and test lab capabilities
    • Ability to provide both requirements-based and subjective feedback based on vehicle validation and testing
    • Experience with high-performance vehicles and operating vehicles at high speeds on a wide range of surfaces and weather conditions
    • Experience with JIRA, JAMA, and CATIA a plus Basic Qualifications:
      • BS in ME, EE, or other related Engineering field. 5 years experience in Vehicle Controls, Product Design, Design Release, Validation or Test engineering experience. AND at least 2 years with Vehicle Durability--
      • In leu of the degree, 8yrs of experience.
      • Knowledge of classical--control--theory, optimal--controls, adaptive--controls, MPC, ECMS, and state-space modeling
      • Strong technical writing skills.
      • Effectively communicate and work cross-functionally with all disciplines.
      • Ability to travel domestically and internationally. Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT. #LI-pt1 Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO) Nikola Motor Company--- is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law. Copyright --2021 Nikola Corporation, All Rights Reserved.

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