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General Motors Laboratory Systems Engineer in Warren, Michigan

About GM

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Job Description

The Lab Systems Engineer directly supports the development and validation of current and future battery technologies within General Motors’ electrification portfolio. This person is primarily responsible for specifying, sourcing, engineering, integrating, and safely commissioning test equipment within the lab. This role directly affects the quality, durability and performance of electrified vehicles and related products developed by General Motors.

This job is based in General Motors’ Warren, Michigan Global Battery Systems Lab (GBSL-W). This facility uses extensive automation to operate 24/7 with only one shift of personnel, covers over 100,000 sq. ft. on the Warren Technical Center campus and has capabilities to test 108 battery packs or modules and 120 battery cells simultaneously. The facility has testing capabilities including traditional environmental testing, vibration, safety and abuse and exploratory development testing. GBSL-W maintains commonality with GM’s battery lab located in Shanghai, China (GBSL-S). The lab and results it produces are used by GM’s growing team of engineers working on advanced batteries and electrified vehicles, in support of the vision of a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion.

The Lab Systems Engineer role is a good fit for a qualified individual who is interested in state-of-the-art battery technologies and testing methods, system-level integration, and has an interest in environmental testing and related equipment. This role offers practical, hands-on product development experience in the growing field of vehicle electrification.


  • Maintain a technical focus on Mechanical Engineering in support of the GBSL-W lab

  • Function as a subject matter expert for environmental chambers, electrodynamic shakers, and fluid handling systems

  • Lead and support projects that specify, source, engineer, integrate, install, and commission new test equipment. Ensure management and stakeholders are aware of progress toward the goal of on-time delivery.

  • Function as a subject matter expert in the G-Risk, G-Comply, Management of Change, and Contractor Safety Management processes as applicable to new test equipment commissioning

  • Design, development, and validate test systems to support new test methods

  • Maintain awareness of the latest test equipment and technology, including commissioning, safe operating procedures, and maintenance requirements

  • Maintain awareness of the product forecast within the broader Product Development community. Ensure the GBSL-W is planning for the future as it relates to test equipment and related methods to ensure future products can be tested safely, on-time, and with quality.

  • As needed, represent the GBSL-W within the broader Product Development community

  • Provide support for current test equipment, including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and development of new test setups and configurations in support of new test requirements

Additional Job Description

Minimum Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering

  • 2+ years of experience in an industrial or laboratory setting

  • High level of interest in the vehicle electrification space

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of autonomy in a complex environment, managing multiple projects by establishing priorities and deliverables with minimal supervision

  • Experience with equipment used in the testing of batteries or related products

  • Competency creating and interpreting technical drawings

  • Experience working with equipment suppliers and installation contractors

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team

  • Experience troubleshooting complex systems to resolve multifaceted issues

Preferred Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in an industrial or laboratory setting

  • M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience with GM-specific processes, including Safety Observation Tours, Safety Contract Management, G-risk, G-comply, Design for Health & Safety, and Management of Change

  • Experience purchasing capital equipment and related processes

  • Experience specifying, designing, and procuring low voltage harness and/or high voltage cable assemblies

  • Battery systems product development and/or testing experience

  • Experience designing product fixtures for use during vibration testing

  • Knowledge of traditional product development, validation and release timing, milestones and methodologies

  • Experience working in an ISO 17025 or ISO 9001 accredited environment

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com .In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.