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Advanced Electric Drives Application Engineer


Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility 1-3 days per week.

An Advanced Electric Drive Application Engineer is responsible for definition and documentation of requirements, execution of design, analysis, development, and testing of electric drives (inverters & motors) ensuring successful vehicle application of the electric drive, considering hardware, controls, calibration, software, and overall integration

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Lead development and documentation of initial component and subsystem requirements for electric drives
  • Responsible for deriving and developing component requirements to meet propulsion system requirements using systems engineering discipline, standard work and analysis / simulation including competitive assessments
  • Responsible for the documentation of component requirements (via RCEs, ICDs) based on flow down of requirements from Propulsion System Technical Specs (P-STS) and vehicle technical specifications (VTS)
  • Responsible for developing electric drive components to meet key performance and cost targets by working collaboratively with Product Engineering, Systems Engineering, Modeling, Analysis, Cost Engineering, Planning, and Program teams
  • Lead or coordinate component trade studies to select optimized solutions to meet vehicle requirements of range, performance, drive quality, and cost
  • Ensure analytical models, initial component designs, and controls have been developed with high fidelity through the BA phase for a successful hand-off at PPDR to Execution and Program teams
  • Support multi-functional team led by advanced propulsion system architect in the development of Electrified Propulsion System Architectures through the Advanced Technology Work (ATW), Balanced Architecture (BA), and early GPDP development phase in accordance with the Electrification Process of Engineering
  • Support development of the system level DFMEA led by Propulsion System Architect collaborating with key collaborators from System Engineering teams, Safety, and Controls
  • Work with other SMT’s, Vehicle teams, planning, Finance, and Electrification leadership as necessary to lead the project team through successful completion of key ATW, BA, and GPDP gates
  • Lead advanced technology development and testing ATW work in electric drives as needed
  • Actively pursue cost reduction, efficiency, and power density improvement through advanced projects on electric drives
  • Establish technology leadership and maintain relationships with industry technical experts, key university labs, and national laboratories
  • Collaborate across organizations to support electric drive vehicle integration and testing
  • Collaborate with and provide technical guidance to Tier 1 / 2 suppliers
  • Develop engineering designs and generate technical solutions for advanced hardware
  • Participate in supplier technical reviews and DFMEA reviews to ensure design compliance
  • Develop intellectual property and document design and process improvements via technical reports
  • Perform competitive benchmarking and component teardowns
  • Utilize DFSS methodology as a decision tool for design trade-off activities and decision making

Additional Description


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering

  • Experience in electric drives / motors / power electronics experience

  • Knowledge in power electronics theory and principles

  • Knowledge in design, development, and testing of electric drives

  • Experience in design for EMC in power electronics modules

  • Understanding of electrified vehicle system and integration

  • High level of technical problem-solving skills and experience to address vehicle level issues

  • High level of project management skills and the ability to influence those that are not direct reports

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work independently and effectively with domestic and international business partners

  • Design, development, validation or release experience

  • Ability to work non-standard hours to collaborate with overseas suppliers

  • Ability to create and present information to leadership, peers, customers, and suppliers in a clear and concise manner

  • Fluency in using commercial tools for modeling and simulation of power electronics and electric drives

  • Hands-on experience working in high-voltage laboratory and dynamometer environment

  • Available to travel to support supplier engagement and conferences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. Degree with specialization in electric drives (motors/inverters)

  • Experience with electrical and mechanical CAD/CAE tools

  • DFSS Certification

About GM

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Why Join Us 

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Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

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We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

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