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Ford Motor Company Autonomous Vehicle Robustness Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

Autonomous Vehicle Robustness Engineer

Job Description & Qualifications:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams! With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

As the Autonomous Vehicle Robustness Engineer, your role will be to ensure that the subsystems of Ford’s autonomous vehicle work together seamlessly to produce a safe, compliant, robust vehicle that meets customer and business needs. The ideal candidate needs to be an effective communicator who is skilled at bringing together pieces of a complex puzzle. Candidates will need the ability to collaborate in a very dynamic environment. You will find this role to be exciting, impactful, and an excellent opportunity for growth.

What you’ll be able to do:

We are seeking an engineer to join our Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Robustness team. This team is responsible for writing, managing, and validating the all-new requirements and performance specifications for the self-driving system and facilitating the overall engineering signoff of Ford’s autonomous vehicle. You will be responsible for

  • Write engineering requirements for the self-driving system of Ford’s AV. These requirements are derived from federal, state, and local laws, safety expectations, industry standard methodologies, business needs, operational needs, user experience (UX) flows, and failure mode avoidance (FMA) analyses.

  • Define safety and performance metrics for the self-driving system based on simulation, track testing, and real-world driving.

  • Write and manage execution of the Design Verification Plan (DVP) used for Ford’s engineering sign-off of the self-driving system, including authorship of new test methods and acceptance criteria.

  • Work with all subsystem and feature owners that are responsible for engineering requirements for the self-driving system to ensure consistent, coordinated requirements and validation plans that meet project expectations and timing.

  • Assist with implementing technical methods to measure and improve simulation fidelity and credibility.

The minimum requirements we seek:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.

  • Two or more years of experience in design of automotive or aerospace systems. (coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed)

  • Two or more years of experience creating, r Design Verification Plan (DVP). (coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed)

Our preferred requirements:

  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in engineering, computer science, physics, and/or related technical subject areas

  • At least two years of experience in safety engineering, Driver Assistance Technology (DAT/ADAS), chassis electronics, systems engineering, system integration, electrical system design/architecture, calibration, performance attributes, vehicle dynamics and/or a related area

  • Experience in authoring new engineering requirements, test method development, crafting new validation strategies, and/or robustness engineering of a complex system

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to adapt your communication style for the audience

  • Experience assessing the fidelity of a model/simulation.

  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Autonomous vehicle interest and comfortable working in a dynamic area

  • Self-motivated and willing to take responsibility to deliver results with minimal supervision

What you’ll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

We are 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.

For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021-benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-1.pdf

Auto req ID:



Ford Motor Company


Autonomous Vehicles

Skill Team:

Autonomous Vehicles (AV)


Autonomous Vehicles