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Application Engineer - Virtual ECU


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 or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.

  • This position requires an employee to be onsite 1-3 times per week

The Role

The Virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop (V-HIL) team is a highly technical, highly knowledgeable, passionate, strategic, and visionary group working on an organizational transformation. We are seeking cutting-edge solutions to the question: how do we develop and validate our embedded control system without any hardware? The VHIL team is developing a 100% virtual HIL platform to do just that. This means that you can potentially put a fingerprint on the vehicles that drive down the road! This space is ripe with technical leadership opportunities for advanced technology development, as well as the ability to provide mentorship for new employees. You can flex your teamwork muscles as you will be tasked with working with several other areas of engineering, IT, and the business.

Part of developing a completely virtual embedded control system is developing virtual electronic control units (VECU) that serve as real-time virtual counterparts of physical ECUs.

As an Application Engineer - VECU, while leading the development of a given VECU, you will be the expert and single-point source for all technical aspects for said VECU. The VECU Development team supports all vehicle feature coverage, including Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) Computing Platform, Electrification, Infotainment & Connectivity, Chassis & Body, and Propulsion modules.


  • Work cross-functionally with Design Release Engineers, Tier 1 suppliers, and model integration partners to develop VECU packages

  • Deploy VECU packages to internal General Motors users

  • Apply production software to VECUs

  • Validate and verify VECU/Application software package integrity via various function and non-functional testing

  • Work cross-functionally with Simulation Integration Engineers to support the integration of VECUs onto virtual system benches

  • Deploy and maintain virtual software integration benches

  • Collaborate with software developers to root cause and solve low-level, basic software and application software issues found in the virtual environment

  • Debug VECUs and integrated production software as needed

  • Develop new simulation and test scrip capabilities to address expanding virtual ECU needs and usages

Additional Description


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics

  • 2+ years of relevant professional engineering experience

  • Knowledge of electronic control modules and embedded control systems

  • Expertise with Linux and Windows based software development

  • Expertise in controls and algorithm development

  • Expertise in various programming languages (C, C++, System C, Python)

  • Software build process and associated tools knowledge (Gerrit, Jenkins, Git, etc.)

  • Expertise in the use of software debugging tools (Lauterbach, Green Hills Multi IDE, etc.)

  • Software integration, compiler and linker file comprehension expertise

  • Knowledge of AutoSAR, QNX OS and GM Cybersecurity standards

  • Knowledge in automotive communications (e.g. CAN, LIN, and SPI)

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated success in leading challenging projects with high levels of ambiguity to completion

  • Consistent demonstration of GM leadership behavioral competencies

Preferred Skills

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Physics or Computer Science

  • Expertise in AutoVal, Intrepid Vehicle Spy, Vector CANoe

  • Expertise in SystemC

  • CoSimulation software (i.e. GMSim, GT Suite, AMESim etc.) expertise

  • Expertise in software tools development Software tools development expertise

  • Embedded control system design expertise

  • Production vehicle program execution experience

  • Familiarity with software development build process and associated tools (e.g. Gerrit, Jenkins, Git, etc.)

  • Familiarity with scalable simulation deployment methodologies leveraging containers (e.g. Docker, Singularity, etc.)

  • Familiarity with synchronous and asynchronous event driven simulation

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

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.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

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