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Research Project Engineer - Battery Cell Fabrication


Onsite: This position requires an employee to be on-site on a full-time basis.

Who You Are

As a Project Engineer with our Battery Cell Fabrication Research group, you will support multi-faceted research projects by integrating equipment into custom R&D test systems for manufacturing environments through the development of experimental test set-ups and creation/use of various data acquisition systems with a focus on battery cell technologies. Develop unique embodiments of novel manufacturing systems and provide documentation of progress & lessons learned back to research staff.

What You Do

  • Follow all corporate safety standards and site safety policies, e.g. g-Risk, g-Comply, PTP, Lockout, chemical management, etc.

  • Work closely with multi-disciplined teams to understand functional requirements and implement appropriate solutions

  • Generate technical solutions for various research projects

  • Prepare aqueous and non-aqueous slurries with specified compositions and viscosities

  • Coat slurries onto substrates via slot die, doctor blade and reverse comma coating techniques

  • Complete cell assembly tasks including notching, stacking, tab welding, cell sealing, cell degassing and resealing

  • Operate battery cyclers

  • Write test procedures and use appropriate techniques to confirm physical data gathered from testing

  • Ensure functional readiness of cell fabrication facility systems through preventive maintenance, pre-task diagnostics/checklist, task instruction sheet, database maintenance, etc.

  • Establish course of action, timelines and breakthroughs on projects/assignments

  • Meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers

  • Deal well with ambiguity and effectively cope with change

  • Efficiently work both independently and closely with others

  • Consult with the manager and principal investigator as required by assignments

  • Quickly find common ground with peers and resolve problems for the good of the project

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate complex material before, during and after projects are initiated

  • Stay abreast of new technologies and competitive products

  • Actively identify new areas for learning and take advantage of |earning opportunities focusing on continuous improvement

Additional Description

What You Need

  • B.S. in Science or Mechanical Engineering field

  • Ability to work in an export controlled environment

  • Detailed understanding of engineering theory and principles of operation for chemical and material systems

  • Demonstrated analytical ability to problem solve in an environment where problems are unusual and difficult

  • Knowledge of coin cell fabrication

  • Experience preparing aqueous and non-aqueous slurries within specified compositions and viscosities

  • Experience coating metal foils via slot die, doctor blade and back coating techniques.

  • Ability to travel periodically for training and on-site technology transfer

What Would Be Even Better

  • M.S. in chemical engineering

  • 1-3+ years of relevant work/plant experience in cell assembly or chemical pilot plant (including tab welding, cell sealing, cell degassing and resealing)

  • Hands-on experience with battery cycler operation

  • DFSS Certification

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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