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Propulsion System Safety Engineer


Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most successfully. 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 on-site 1-4 x per year

You will be responsible for completing the safety evaluations for a Propulsion System within the Trans, ETRS (Electronic Transmission Range Select) and Electrification Team. In this role you will interact with the product teams to ensure safety requirements are met according to the GM System Safety Process and industry standards. As a system safety engineer, you will be responsible for identifying safety issues and help the teams develop safe solutions.

  • Support product engineering team, providing safety process-specific knowledge for both in-house and out-sourced programs
  • Develop and maintain project plan according to the GM System Safety Engineering Process for assigned projects.
  • Work with the GM and/or supplier project manager to interlink the safety plan with the project plan.
  • Perform and/or handle the execution of the safety tasks called out in the system safety plan.
  • Work with the project manager to identify resources to complete the safety tasks identified in the plan as needed.
  • Review supplier safety process work and help guide supplier on GM safety process and safety requirements as required
  • Lead informal team reviews and formal Safety Peer Reviews for safety process products and involve the assigned team members as needed.
  • Participate in safety strategy, design discussions and help ensure that the safety requirements will be adequately met.
  • Assist in resolving issues concerning safety requirements within the product engineering team and involve the assigned team as needed.
  • Identify multi-functional, cross-organizational gaps and issues and advise the assigned Senior System Safety Engineer as needed.
  • Call out unresolved safety related issues and confirm the issue resolution process has been followed.
  • Support the Senior System Safety Engineer with the System Safety Process Statement of Requirements (SOR) and the Development Interface Agreement with the supplier.
  • Mentor product engineering team, providing safety process-specific knowledge, collaborating with senior safety engineers as needed:
  • Explain the safety process, as needed.
  • Guide on access and usage of templates, training resources, and standard methodologies.
  • Identify product programs that require safety engineering process to be followed and bring it to the attention of the Management and the Safety Critical Embedded Control (SCEC) Global Sub System Leadership Team (GSSLT).
  • Support safety process improvement.
  • Talk to Senior System Safety Engineer, corporate and industry authorities to know the latest in safety processes, methods and tools.
  • Document safety standard methodologies implemented by the product team for reuse by other product teams.
  • Identify improvements to safety processes, methods and tools and communicate to the appropriate workgroups within the Safety Critical Embedded Control GSSLT.
  • Participate in supplier assessments regarding functional safety process capability and performance.
  • Identify improvements needed in the supplier qualification process, and GM Supplier interactions.
  • Participation in GM Corporate Initiatives:
    • Actively participate in functional safety related process development and decision bodies if needed.
    • Participate in the System Safety GSSLT and/or workgroups as required.

Required Skills, Experience, and Education:

  • Completed 4-year bachelors degree in a STEM field
  • 2 years of post-graduation engineering experience required; 4+ years preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong understanding of major automotive subsystems
  • Experience with serial communications between embedded controllers
  • The ability to legally operate a motor vehicle

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Domain specific expertise in one of the areas (Transmissions, Hybrid and Electrification, Electronic Transmission Range Selection, Propulsion Systems) with embedded controller system design for automotive or similar industry
  • Familiarity with ISO 26262 and other functional safety standards such as IEC 61508, IEC 62304, or DO-178C
  • Experience with Design Failure Mode Effects & Analysis (DFMEAs) and other analysis tools and techniques
  • Proficient in qualitative and quantitative Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) process using industry common tools

***Candidate can be hired at a level 6 or 7 depending on level of experience at time of offer***

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 on-site 1-4 x per year

Additional Description

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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.

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.

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