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Race Engine Calibration, Development & Track Support Engineer

  • Location
    • Pontiac, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


Onsite: This position requires an employee to be on-site on a full-time basis.

We are seeking a Race Engine Calibration, Development & Track Support Engineer to lead and support propulsion system hardware development within GM's exciting sports car racing activities and associated race teams. You will be responsible for developing integration solutions to meet vehicle requirements. Your creativity, initiative, and high level of independent judgment are key to your success. In addition to GM on-site development activities, this role requires extensive domestic and international travel to support testing and race event weekends. Interested in joining our growing team? Read on and apply!         

Lab Responsibilities

  • Specification, setup, problem solving, and results reporting for dyno development tests to optimize power, fuel economy, drivability, parasitic losses, weight reduction, durability, shift performance, and control strategies

  • Calibration and software development for engine and driveline controls on dyno and in vehicle at test and race events

  • Data analysis and reporting to identify and resolve any hardware, electronics, or calibration issues and for continuous improvement

  • Parts tracking and delivery coordination

  • Assist in engine and driveline inspection, assembly, installation and operation during dyno development and validation testing

Trackside Responsibilities

  • Establish and monitor vehicle engine and driveline controls

  • Perform system checks and troubleshoot communications and CAN issues

  • Set up and inspect pit and vehicle telemetry to confirm race event readiness

  • Review logged vehicle data to monitor for issues and potential performance enhancements, including fuel usage/strategy and calibration of these improvements

  • Create, save, and document changes to engine, driveline, data logger and telemetry setups and calibrations

  • Transfer and store calibration and data files from vehicle to PCs and backup devices

  • Create daily report summarizing data, results, issues, and concerns for each race car

  • Participate in debriefing sessions with other propulsion and race team members to confirm issues or propose advancements

  • Communicate with team mechanics on health and performance of powertrain

  • Direct and advise on any work needed to be performed on engine and instrumentation

  • Work closely with vehicle engineers providing calibration of controls systems such as pit-speed limiters, traction control, and shifting upgrades

  • Compile and present engine data to team managers for presentation to sanctioning bodies when requested

  • Extensive domestic and/or international travel is required to support development activities and race event weekends

Additional Description


  • Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent job role experience (Mechanical or Electrical with automotive focus preferred)

  • Understanding of engineering theory and principles of operation of engine mechanical, electrical, and control systems

  • 3-5 years working cohesively with engineers, designers, technicians, race teams, or other partners in a high performing team environment

  • Proven track record in the continuous evolution and progress of propulsion performance in a time limited environment

  • Experience making informed decisions under high pressure and with limited time

  • Powertrain calibration and controls experience: PID tuning; Torque-based controls strategy; Gearbox shifting calibration

  • Reading and interpretation of Simulink models

  • High level knowledge of OEM and motorsports EMS (Engine Management Systems), telemetry, propulsion and driveline control systems hardware and software (e.g. GM, Bosch, Motec, TAG McLaren, Mega Line)

  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship skills to effectively collaborate and communicate with varying levels of internal and external key partners

  • Demonstrates teamwork skills and ability to learn from and share knowledge with co-workers in a fast-paced environment 


  • Race or advanced engine assembly, dyno installation, test, and development

  • Experience using high level dyno systems, hardware, and software (e.g., AVL PUMA Open, IndiCom, Concerto and ETAS INCA systems)

  • Engine combustion analysis using in cylinder pressure measurement systems

  • Hybrid propulsion hardware, software, and control strategies development

  • Experience performing track technical support duties as part of a team of propulsion project engineers and technicians is preferred. This includes working closely and effectively with a race team’s chassis engineers, technicians, and mechanics

  • High level knowledge of industrial and mil spec wiring systems & hardware (e.g., Deutsch and Amphenol)

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