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Electric Motor Controls Engineer


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

The Electric Motor Controls Engineer will develop, simulate, test and implement advanced motor control algorithms for propulsion applications.  This role is growing in response to the dramatic growth of battery electric and hybrid vehicle markets as well as GM’s expanding Electrification portfolio. In this role you must have a passion for electrification and a desire to become an integral part of our exciting new corporate vision: Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, and Zero Congestion. Design goals for the Electric Motor Controls Engineer include:

  • Accurate, high-bandwidth torque production

  • Maximize hardware capability

  • Minimize electric drive losses

  • High quality voltage synthesis

  • Robust to parameter variation and changes in operating conditions

  • Optimize electric drive NVH

  • Robust diagnostic coverage

  • Flexibility through calibration


  • Develop control algorithms and diagnostics for AC electric machines and 3-phase switching power converters.

  • Perform simulation and analysis of electric drives and high voltage power electronics.

  • Plan and perform algorithm development and/or verification in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) benches, dynamometer facilities, and development vehicles.

  • Work closely with software, calibration, motor and inverter design teams to ensure on-time, robust controls development.

  • Actively pursue cost reduction and performance and efficiency improvement advanced projects in the motor controls space.

  • Document and communicate control enhancements at technical review meetings per program timing.

Additional Description


  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field.

  • 2+ years experience with either motor controls, power electronics, AC/DC drive systems or a combination.

  • 2+ years of experience with AC electric machine operating principles and 3-phase switching power converter topologies.

  • Experience in developing digital control algorithms for 3-phase switching power converters and AC electric machines.

  • Fluency in using MATLAB/Simulink for modeling and simulation of electric drives.

  • Ability to follow algorithms coded in the C programming language.

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

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

  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Able to work with minimum supervision and full autonomy.

Desired Skills:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a related field with 5+ years of experience.

  • Technical problem-solving skills and experience in the production domain to address vehicle level issues.

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

  • Knowledge of embedded compiler, debugging tools and software.

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

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.