Electrical Engineer-Powertrain systems in Livermore at Apple & Associates

Date Posted: 11/13/2018

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Job Description

Our client is a world leading manufacturer of commercial transit vehicles--They have been in business for over 100 yrs, and due to major growth, they have an immediate need for an electrical engineer with a strong background in powertrain systems engineering.



This Engineering position is responsible for engineering design and support.  Duties involve engineering assistance, problem resolution and other engineering duties in support of the design and manufacturing of specific components and simple sub-systems.  This person will have direct influence at the part level to optimize the piece parts and simple sub-systems.  This position reports to the Engineering Supervisor, but may also get direction/guidance from senior engineers.  

Technical Focus

  • Discuss and communicate customer, product and other functional requirements related to powertrain and thermal management electrical, electronic and communications systems with internal and external customers
  • Work with engine, transmission, axle, cooling system, air system, fuel system and hybrid system suppliers to configure and optimize vehicle functions such as: Acceleration, cooling, gradeability, shifting, regeneration and retarding
  • Verify powertrain electrical systems on vehicle or in laboratory. Modify wiring, device interface, CAN communications, and sensor and actuator selection to ensure compatibility with other vehicle devices and user interface systems
  • Hands-on experience with powertrain dynamometer testing is a plus
  • Hands-on experience with basic engine or powertrain controls design is a plus
  • Understanding of powertrain CAN-based communications systems and protocols, powertrain sensors, powertrain system diagnostics, driver interface requirements

Expertise in one or more of the following areas is necessary:

  • Diesel and CNG engine electrical and control systems
  • Discrete gear transmission electrical and control systems
  • Diesel/Electric Hybrid powertrains
  • Powertrain Integration
  • Powertrain Application Approvals
  • Powertrain Cooling System Controls
  • Powertrain Control & Electrical Integration
  • Powertrain Communication Protocols


  • Ability to communicate component level design/idea to internal/external customers
  • Evaluates customer product requirements and develops product designs to meet customer needs
  • Optimize designs via analytical, numerical and/or empirical assessments create electrical models/analysis to insure product requirements are met
  • Produce and/or evaluate possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, delivery and performance on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers and/or customer/supplier personnel
  • Release drawings accordingly to support production cost estimation and prototype quotes
  • Use CAD modeling software to create components, assemblies, and engineering drawings for manufacturing
  • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOM) along with all project documentation
  • Detailed electrical design including design for manufacture and assembly
  • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled for problems or projects
  • Support production ramp & ongoing/continuous product/process improvement
  • Perform and coordinate laboratory testing of prototypes for component characterization
  • Ability to prioritize assigned tasks to maintain schedule
  • Works independently on assigned component tasks with some guidance required from senior engineers on sub system level tasks
  • Works productively with other engineers, designers, technicians, sales representatives, installers, and project managers so the project is delivered on schedule and on budget
  • Provide technical design support to sales, product engineering, manufacturing, and quality organizations
  • Support purchasing, field service and other internal customers as required
  • Lead or support prototype order and procurement
  • Operate in a team environment and provide input to design solution during the design development phase
  • Applies industry practices and standards (NFPA, NEC, APTA, etc.) at the direction of senior engineers
  • Ensure model and drawing documentation is accurate and complete
  • Perform hands on troubleshooting of vehicle systems
  • Ensure released designs are cost effective, manufacturable, serviceable, meet all performance objectives and meet customer requirements
  • Analytical skills (8d, 5 Why, Fish-bone analysis…) to diagnose complex control HW/SW issues, and propose common sense solutions


  • Bachelor’s Degree Engineering Required
  • Minimum 3 years of engineering experience in area of technical focu
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) skills
  • Application of sound electrical design fundamentals
  • Working knowledge in electrical power distribution including AC and DC systems, automotive electrical/electronic components - such as circuit breakers, relays, connectors, switches and harnesses – for microprocessor-based control systems
  • Experienced with low voltage harness design, packaging and generating harnesses and electrical schematic using CAD software
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes and environment
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot automotive electrical systems