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Sub-System Lead Engineer (SSLE) - Steering

  • Location
    • Markham, Ontario
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


This position is classified as a Hybrid position, meaning the successful candidate will work at our Markham office three (3) days per week.

The Role  

A VMEC Sub-System Lead Engineer (SSLE) develops some of General Motor’s most advanced and exciting mobility features. This dynamic role supports innovative technology development applicable to aspects of autonomous, electric, and traditional internal combustion applications in the Steering domain.

The Sub-System Lead Engineer (SSLE) is an individual contributor with recognized expertise responsible for tasks and work throughout the entire vehicle development lifecycle including requirements definition, design and implementation, testing, and problem resolution.  Agile, systems engineering, requirements and embedded controls development and calibration knowledge are a definite plus.  The drive and tenacity to grow technically and professionally while working on some of General Motor’s most exciting features is a must!


  • Perform complex sub-system analysis to define functional controls and hardware requirements, including the definition of:

    • Noise factors (e.g., aging, build variation, environmental, etc.)

    • Interface mapping (e.g., inputs to outputs)

    • Actuator and sensor performance requirements

    • Input to output transfer functions (e.g., latency, overshoot, oscillation, etc.)

    • Calibration requirements

    • Regulatory, safety and customer facing interactions (e.g., FE/CO2, DQ, Emissions, NVH, Performance)

    • Signal/data retention

  • Leverage physical (e.g., vehicle, bench) and virtual (e.g., models, simulation) to establish and test use cases and acceptance criteria for normal and degraded states of applicable sub-systems

  • Create and maintain BTS (Behavioral Technical Spec) or Sub-System Technical Specification (SSTS) documents for applicable Solutions/ Subsystems

  • Create and maintain sub-system specifications in requirements management software (e.g., Doors, DNG, Gerrit, Jama Connect, codebeamer, etc.)

  • Root cause all applicable sub-system related issues and translate solutions into new or revised requirements

  • Create and maintain Functional Architecture Documents (FADs)/Context Diagrams with the assistance of Global Architecture teams

  • Lead sub-system level FMEAs/Solution FMEAs and collaborate on System and Component FMEAs

  • Use Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Integration Tool (FIT) for managing FMEA processes across applicable subsystems

  • Create and maintain Features, Stories, and/or Change Requests to manage requirements and specifications of sub-systems using change management tools (e.g.Jira)

  • Collaborate with Controls and Software Engineers to review software implementation ensuring compliance with requirements

  • Review Owner’s Manual and Service Information related to the applicable sub-system

  • Provide guidance and input for feature design verification plan by working with System and/or Feature Owners and Validation Engineers

  • Maintain open requirements issue list and review, track, and report on progress and status

  • Support advanced technical work projects that drive future features and vehicle enhancements

Additional Description


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, Mechanical, related engineering discipline or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum of 4+ years of experience in the field of expertise

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills, including independent judgment and decision-making skills, where problems are very unusual and extremely difficult

  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills required to build relationships with team members and customers to solve problems and resolve issues

  • Physics-based understanding of the Voice-of-Customer

  • Ability to effectively communicate issues, status and recommendations to leadership

  • Proven ability in project management skills and ability to teach others

  • Ability to prioritize work with only limited direction from manager


Desired Skills

  • Masters or PhD in Engineering with an emphasis on Controls

  • Experience related to specifying physics of dynamic electromechanical systems (e.g., Steering, Brakes, Chassis, Suspension, Electrification, Thermal, etc.)

  • Experience with calibration, software, and controls development

  • Experience leveraging simulation environments and plant modeling for testing or requirements generation is a plus (e.g., Matlab/Simulink, CarSim, GT-Power, D-Space, ETAS, etc.)

  • Experience with requirements management tools (e.g., Doors, Jama Connect, codebeamer, etc.)

  • Experience with change management tools (e.g., IBM Rational Team Concert, Jira, etc.)

  • Experience with OBD regulations requirements

  • Experience with safety critical systems  

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