The Thermal Engineer (Functional Testing) is responsible for the total vehicle thermal management systems validation and verification for passenger, powertrain, power electronics & energy storage systems. This role interacts and works with Systems Engineers, Component Development Engineers, and Suppliers to validate and verify a total vehicle thermal management system to become the benchmark of the automotive industry.
The main role of the Thermal Engineer; Functional Testing is to build an in-house validation capability, as well as lead component, systems and vehicle level validation activities to resolve issues and optimize thermal systems for weight/cost, while satisfying program milestones.
Lead validation and verification for an automotive thermal system and its component at component, system and vehicle level;
Build an in-house test capability by the development of a DAQ system strategy, airflow test stands, system calorimeter chamber and climatic wind tunnel;
Develop DVP&R’s for vehicle thermal component, system and vehicle level;
Lead vehicle climatic wind tunnel test and field tests;
Benchmark competitive thermal components, to define functional target and engineering specifications;
Responsible for data instrumentation, collection, analysis and management;
Coordinate and conduct hardware testing in the lab to verify and validate thermal management system hardware functionality and reliability;
Prepare and present test reports and results to cross-functional teams and executive leadership;
Assume responsibility for meeting vehicle development milestones;
Provide input in the creation of component specification, component DFMEA, and other technical design documents where analysis plays a central role;
Assist in the development of comprehensive design verification and validation activities, including writing test procedures, environmental testing fixtures and data acquisition systems;
Present to various levels of management with different depth of expertise;
Describe development proposals and problem descriptions.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering; An advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with a specialty in refrigerant cycle, thermal dynamics & fluid mechanics preferred;
5+ years of working experiences in the thermal management system area for HEV, PHEV and EV with a good working knowledge refrigerant, coolant, airflow, injection molded parts, brazed components and high voltage components;
Thermal system component, vehicle level testing experience essential;
Hands-on experience of refrigerant components, sensors, valves and fluid transport component test;
Working experience with automotive systems design, packaging and assembly requirements.