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Vehicle Performance Engineer - Vehicle Dynamics

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    • Milford, Michigan
  • Cronograma Full time
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This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time but the general expectation is that the employee be onsite an average of three (3) days each week.


The Vehicle Dynamics Performance Engineer will be responsible for developing Integration solutions to meet vehicle requirements. Full understanding of the VDP process. This activity includes problem solving with support of the Integration leaders. Work requires an understanding of engineering concepts. Has the ability to work with limited direction and independently, and make decisions based on general practices and procedures. Proficiency in Project Planning. This activity includes creativity and initiative in independent problem solving and leading multi-functional teams for issue resolution. Exercises independent judgement and creative solution development with minimal direction from EGM.


The Vehicle Dynamics Performance Engineer has responsibility for the development and tuning of the Vehicle Dynamics for a given vehicle or vehicle platform. Vehicle Dynamics includes Vehicle Ride Tuning, Vehicle Handling Tuning, Chassis Controls Development, Steering Tuning/Calibration, Tire Development, etc.  The Vehicle Dynamics Performance Engineer defines performance requirements and leads the tuning integration of the vehicle hardware to achieve these requirements. This includes some or all of the following specific tasks:

  • Tune the vehicle ride and handling systems including damper and steering tuning to meet requirements.

  • Develop tires to meet requirements including steering, ride quality, snow handling, dry handling, and wet handling evaluations.

  • Design the vehicle development test plan and material to support it – calendar, events, milestones, test vehicles, locations, supplier scheduling, development parts, and demonstrations.

  • Create and apply models to determine system performance and interactions analytically to guide hardware development as applicable.

  • Set up vehicle measurement instrumentation and execute measurements as required during development to guide process. Interpret data. Measure vehicle as part of the validation of vehicle to requirements – both MVSS (federal) and global and internal.

  • Accurately status vehicle dynamics performance to requirements and develop effective solutions to close gaps to VTS, Consumers Reports, warranty, customer satisfaction and magazine metrics.

  • Effectively report results to Program Teams and Integration management and escalate issues for prompt resolution.

  • Demonstrate vehicle performance of vehicle dynamics systems to management and media

  • Effectively participate in program meetings, rides and other events to ensure that vehicle dynamics requirements are satisfied.

  • Initiate documents to provide engineering authority for design group and suppliers to execute design.

  • Work with engineering functions, suppliers, plant personnel and others to implement cost reduction, methods and product improvements, and to support build programs

  • Support assembly plant at start of production as required

  • Supports ride evaluation trips and demonstrations.

  • Exchanges information with others as needed to work across architectures

  • Stays abreast of new technology and competitive products

  • Travel as required to GM & outside test facilities including but not limited to DPG, Northern Michigan, & customer test facilities (Army bases, NATC, Aberdeen, Yuma, etc.).

  • This work varies at different phases of the development program as a vehicle is taken from initial concept and planning through prototype development and final buy-off and start of production at the assembly plant.

Additional Description


  • BSE, BS in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Aeronautical Engineering preferred, but other degrees will gladly be considered including Applied Physics, other Engineering disciplines

  • 3+ years of experience in design/development/analysis/test of chassis subsystems;  suspensions, steering systems, tires, brakes, powertrain mounting as applied to the development of vehicle level dynamic performance

  • Experienced in subjective evaluation skills with the ability to accurately rate vehicle ride, handling, steering, stability and acceleration/deceleration performance characteristics to set targets and status performance

  • Experienced in synthesizing new suspension, steering, tire/wheel, structures and control system designs to meet vehicle level performance requirements and driving performance driven requirements into the sourcing documents

  • Knowledgeable in the use of Vehicle Dynamics analysis tools and procedures to set requirements and make coarse balance decisions.  Capability to use analysis to support the development of design recommendations

  • Understanding of tire mechanics, vehicle dynamics, testing and development practices to achieve balanced vehicle level performance


  • MS in Engineering

  • In depth knowledge of Truck vehicle integration, Military Ground wheel vehicle knowledge.

  • Past experience on military or government projects.

*This position requires the ability to legally operate a motor vehicle on a regular basis*



An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.

GM offers a variety of health and wellbeing benefit programs. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, Healthy Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, retirement savings plan, sickness and accident benefits, life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, tuition assistance programs, employee assistance program, GM vehicle discounts and more.

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