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Vehicle Dynamics Test Engineer

Job ID: 1039464
Career Area: Engineering & Design
Job Category: Product Design & Engineering-Engineering
Location: Chelsea, MI
48118, US
Date Posted: November 8, 2019
Brand: FCA Group
Job Overview

The Vehicle Dynamics Test Engineer position is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to pursue their passion for driving and develop their vehicle dynamics expertise – while testing both FCA and competitive products. The Vehicle Dynamics Test Engineer will support the chassis (tires, wheels, suspension, steering) development process by performing in-vehicle objective measurements. The selected candidate will be responsible for all aspects of vehicle testing including the coordination and planning of testing, driving vehicle tests, test equipment maintenance /calibration, data processing and analysis, test report generation, population and maintenance of test results database, development of new test procedures, and creation of data analysis tools/templates. This position requires consistent adherence to test procedures for basic handling test. Ingenuity is encouraged to identify and quantify handling characteristics that are either best in class, or that require an improvement. Travel outside SE Michigan is required, with expected total travel time of 16 weeks annually.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or equivalent from an ABET accredited university
  • Experience in vehicle dynamics and associated component
  • Experience in MATLAB; ability to modify, maintain, and write code
  • Experience in automotive competition through SCCA, Formula SAE, Mini Baja, EcoCAR, SAE Supermileage, or similar activities
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications
  • Experience in data analysis, data mining, and trend analysis
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic with the ability to multitask and manage changing priorities
  • Affinity for driving vehicles coupled with endurance for repetitive limit handling maneuvers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Instrumented handling/vehicle stability control experience
  • Proficiency in the control and operation of a vehicle at the limit of handling performance (3rd party driving qualifications/special use license from OEM proving grounds)
  • Operation experience with in-vehicle steering robots and GPS measurement platforms
  • MATLAB proficiency
  • Experience in subjective evaluation of vehicle ride, handling, and steering characteristics
  • Knowledge of tire characteristics and performance
  • Knowledge of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) roll over testing
  • Knowledge of FMVSS126/ECE13H certification Electronic Stability Control (ESC) performance
  • Experience with data acquisition equipment, sensors, and calibration
  • Auto racing experience
  • Ability to rate and document vehicle performance
  • Background in automotive development including benchmarking, setting functional objectives, vehicle development, and production launch
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills along with excellent organizational skills

Our benefits reflects the FCA commitment to helping you reach your personal and professional goals. In addition to an environment that promotes career development, we offer benefits for a healthy lifestyle and a rewarding future, designed to take care of you and your family, in various stages of life.

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