Jacobs Test Engineer in Livonia, Michigan

Test Engineer


An Axle and Transmission Development Laboratory (ATDL) Test Engineer is responsible for designing, delivering, and directing test systems to satisfy Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Transmission and Driveline Engineering (TDE) Design Verification requirements in support of all milestones and sign-off requirements. You work hand-in-hand with engineers, along with test equipment vendors, to support the company's product testing needs. This broad responsibility provides the ability for the engineer to develop and implement a wide product testing skill set.

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and execute Transmission/Drivetrain Design Verification (DV) testing processes

  • Develop, procure, and install new test equipment systems to support DV requirements


  • Operating ATI/ETAS systems

  • Extracting and analyzing fault codes

  • Analyzing Transmission calibration and data files

  • Providing direction to Test Technicians to aid in the performance of DV testing

  • Translating test request requirements into written test request manuals

  • Assisting technicians in the day-to-day execution of testing

  • Leading test site troubleshooting efforts

  • Working with D&R engineers to develop and refine DV test methods

Facility Planning and Process Development

  • Optimizing existing test processes and methods to achieve BIC efficiency and quality, including converting existing processes to automated (unmanned) operation

  • Developing capital test equipment projects

  • Formulating new testing methods

  • Authoring specification and statement of work documents

  • Building financial and business rationale, obtaining cost estimates

  • Developing project timing plans

  • Managing test equipment projects, including tracking and managing cost, timing, and equipment installations, and leading activities with equipment vendors and skilled trades

  • Working with existing test system software to develop test processes and programs to satisfy DV testing needs, following Test Procedures and custom test requirements

  • Managing test data, including QC'ing of data, and assisting test customers with the delivery and analysis of data


  • B.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, test laboratory experience a plus

  • An understanding of vehicle driveline system operation

  • A working knowledge of data collection and communication systems and their operation, such as:



  • CAN

  • A working knowledge of instrumentation measurement systems, particularly transducers and their operation – temperature, acceleration, pressure, fluid flow.

  • The ability to work independently, and with schedule flexibility

  • Strong analytical, oral, and written skills

  • MS Office skills required, LABVIEW or basic computer programming skills a plus


Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Lifting: Up to 50 lbs lifted vertically from knee to waist level, 25%

  • Climbing: 25%

  • Crawling: NA

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): Safety glasses, slip resistant hardened toe shoes, gloves, long pants, short sleeve shirts, safety glasses, hearing protection on sites

  • Unusual physical requirements:Sitting (75%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), stooping (25%), frequently walking up and down stairs (1 hour)

  • High noise level: NA

  • Other: NA

Description of Work Environment (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Inside? Outside? Combination? Where?: Inside 100%

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved: NA

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: NA

  • Travel/transportation requirements: NA

  • Other: NA

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: Computers, telephones, copiers, fax machines, and other office equipment, 25%

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: PMHV, 25%

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Air driven sockets, basic hand tools, 25%

  • Other: NA

Criticality of Attendance (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Overtime, regular days, off days: Monday – Friday, 100% Occasional overtime may be needed, 10%

  • Shift, 1st, 2nd, 3rd: Dayshift but shift assignment is subject to change, so candidate must be flexible with available work hours.

  • Necessity for regular attendance: Critical

  • Urgency for punctuality: Critical

  • Work hours are normally 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary. Must have flexibility of work days to cover weekend testing requirements.

Other Essential Functions (List other essential functions here.)

Must complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, health performance evaluation, and background check.

Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to self or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Dependable personal transportation to work site is required.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Michigan-Livonia

Req ID: PFO000199