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Electrical Engineer (Automotive Electrification)

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa, Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/10/2021

Job Description

The Role

An opportunity exists within the Automotive Electrification and Battery Development Team for an Electrical Engineer to deliver client technology projects.

Job Duties

  • Deliver technical content of client projects in the areas of automotive systems electrification and high-power battery development.
  • Perform detailed electrical design calculations for low voltage and high voltage battery and vehicle systems.
  • Provide electrical design and integration knowledge and support to client projects.
  • Support power electronics and e-machine development teams within Ricardo with battery and electrical technical input.
  • Develop electrical architectures for bespoke client battery and system projects.
  • Select electrical components suitable for client specific battery designs.
  • Assist in the process of appropriate battery cell selection for client specific battery projects.
  • Develop and calculate battery cell electrical configurations.
  • Provide electrical knowledge and design support to the wider electrification teams within Ricardo.
  • Work on the electrical design integration of electrification systems from prototype through to full series production on client hybrid and electric vehicle projects.
  • Develop and expand product validation plans and specifications for electrical and battery systems.
  • Interface directly with clients on technical issues, occasionally working as part of the client engineering team at the client site or any one of the Ricardo offices.
  • Liaise with suppliers/subcontractors to agree the specification of purchased components and delivery requirements for ongoing projects.
  • Support lead engineers in other areas of Ricardo in the development of electrical and electronic systems.
  • Work to client quality procedures and validation processes.
  • Support the development of future products and services.
  • Support business development activities and proposals with technical input.
  • Be proactive, self-motivated, and demonstrate attention to detail in a design environment.

Required Qualifications & Experience

  • The successful applicant will have a sound engineering background, ideally in an automotive field, and a number of years of experience of successfully delivering projects either in an OEM or Tier 1 capacity.
  • Minimum of a degree in an Engineering or Science related discipline (e.g. electrical and electronic engineering/mechanical engineering/physics/computer science/software engineering/maths/control engineering).
  • Electrical design calculations.
  • Knowledge of battery architectures and cell chemistries used in hybrid & electric vehicles.
  • Knowledge of designing automotive high current and high voltage (12 to 1200Vdc) power systems, (connectors, bus bars, cables, contactors & fusing, insulation requirements).
  • Experience of electrical component integration (up to 1000V).
  • Experience of design & development for low or high volume products particularly HV battery systems and sub systems in a tier 1 or OEM environment.
  • An understanding of project delivery approaches.
  • Good interpersonal and client facing skills.
  • Strong teamwork, organizational, oral communication, and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications & Experience

It would be beneficial, but not essential if the applicant had some experience or knowledge in any of the following fields:

  • Experience in battery management systems.
  • Analytical approach to developing controls algorithms in an automotive environment.
  • Experience in a model-based development languages such as Matlab/Simulink.
  • Familiar with laboratory & field development & test equipment.
  • Experience of DC-DC converter and battery charger design and development.
  • Experience in DFMEA for Electrical Systems.
  • Experience in Design Validation processes, planning and testing.
  • Hands on experience of working live with HV systems (>60V).
  • Familiar with product delivery process from requirements capture through to design validation of hybrid and electric vehicle battery systems.
  • Experience in compliance engineering to external standards, such as battery handling, EMC, vehicle safety, functional safety ISO26262 etc.
  • Battery cell technical and industry knowledge.
  • High Voltage safety training.
  • Please note this is an electrical engineering position not a detailed electronics design position although electronics design knowledge would be a welcome addition.