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Ford Motor Company Propulsion System Calibration Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

Propulsion System Calibration 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.

Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team explores new vehicle and societal innovations that require some level of invention before they can be applied to our products and services. The team is building on a history of Ford innovation, including our invention of the three-way catalytic converter to modernize vehicle emissions controls in the 1970s and the world’s first rear inflatable seat belts in 2010.

Today, we are exploring and delivering ways to make smarter vehicles and our transportation system more efficient to improve people’s lives by helping them move more freely, safely and enjoyably. For example, we are changing how our products are made by creating high-quality vehicles in an environmentally and socially responsible way, including the use sustainable materials. Since 2000, we have used 12 industry and world-first plant-based materials in our production vehicles. We also are researching the possible use of tomato skin, bamboo, agave fiber, dandelion roots, algae and coffee chaff as part of our ambitious goal of making our vehicles with up of 20 percent sustainable material by 2025.

What you will be able to do

Looking to accelerate your career with a forward-looking transportation leader? This is the opportunity for you! We are looking to you to help us optimize our customer-focused vehicle attributes. You will calibrate control strategies of a wide range of sophisticated propulsion technologies – conventional, hybrid and fully electric – in order to optimize key vehicle attributes (e.g. range, fuel economy, drivability, performance, emissions, etc.). This will involve meeting regulatory requirements while also advancing mobility products that are competitive and fun to drive. You will:

  • Perform calibration of propulsion control strategies to optimize key system attributes using vehicle and dyno-based environments

  • Solve hardware, controls, calibration and instrumentation issues as needed

  • Develop test plans to perform design validation testing under critical noise factors to deliver robust system performance, including supporting test trips

  • Perform in depth analysis of results

  • Provide data driven recommendations for further improvements

  • Effectively integrate CAE methods in the calibration development processes to improve DV efficiency

  • Find opportunities to leverage connectivity to optimize the propulsion system performance

  • Effectively collaborate with interfacing team members from Research and Advanced Engineering and Product Development

The minimum requirements we seek

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering

  • Two or more years of experience with powertrain calibration development and testing, evaluating factors that influence fuel economy, drivability, performance and/or emissions

  • One plus year of experience with powertrain control systems for hybrid and/or fully electric powertrains

Our preferred requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering

  • Hand-on experience in calibration development of hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

  • In-depth knowledge of propulsion systems and interactions between various sub-systems

  • Experience in using CAN and rapid prototype tools (e.g. Vector tools, dSpace, etc.)

  • Proficiency with analysis and calibration tools (e.g. Matlab, ATI, etc.)

  • Self-motivation with excellent teamwork, communication and multi-tasking skills

What you will receive in return

As part of the Ford family, you will enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You will 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 would love to have you join us.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

By choice, 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.

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Ford Motor Company


Product Development

Skill Team:

Research & Advanced Engineering (R&A)


Research & Advanced Engrg