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Sub-System Lead Engineer - Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls (VMEC)


The Role

The Sub-System Lead Engineer (SSLE) develops some of General Motor’s most advanced and exciting mobility features. This dynamic role is part of our Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls (VMEC) org and supports innovative technology development applicable to aspects of autonomous, electric, and traditional internal combustion applications in the following domain areas:

  • Brakes
  • Chassis-Suspension
  • Diagnostics
  • Drivability
  • Drive Mode
  • Electrified Propulsion
  • High Voltage Battery
  • ICE/Hybrid Propulsion and Emissions
  • Propulsion Thermal Management
  • Quality

The Sub-System Lead Engineer (SSLE) is an individual contributor with recognized expertise responsible for tasks and work throughout the entire vehicle development lifecycle including requirements definition, design and implementation, testing, and problem resolution. Agile, systems engineering, requirements and embedded controls development and calibration knowledge are a definite plus. The drive and tenacity to grow technically and professionally while working on some of General Motor’s most exciting features is a must!


  • Perform complex sub-system analysis to define functional controls and hardware requirements, including the definition of:

1. Noise factors (e.g., aging, build variation, environmental, etc.)

2. Interface mapping (e.g., inputs to outputs)

3. Actuator and sensor performance requirements Input to output transfer functions (e.g., latency, overshoot, oscillation, etc.)

4. Calibration requirements

5. Regulatory, safety and customer facing interactions (e.g., FE/CO2, DQ, Emissions, NVH, Performance)

6. Signal/data retention

  • Leverage physical (e.g., vehicle, bench) and virtual (e.g., models, simulation) to establish and test use cases and acceptance criteria for normal and degraded states of applicable sub-systems

  • Create and maintain Sub-System Technical Specification (SSTS) documents for applicable subsystems

  • Create and maintain sub-system specifications in requirements management software (e.g., Doors, Jama Connect, codebeamer, etc.)

  • Root cause all applic sub-system related issues and translate solutions into new or revised requirements

  • Create and maintain Functional Architecture Documents (FADs)/Context Diagrams with the assistance of Global Architecture teams

  • Lead sub-system level FMEAs and collaborate on System and Component FMEAs

  • Use Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Integration Tool (FIT) for managing FMEA processes across applicable subsystems

  • Create and maintain Features, Stories, and/or Change Requests to manage requirements and specifications of sub-systems using change management tools (e.g., IBM Rational Team Concert, Jira, etc.)

  • Collaborate with Controls and Software Engineers to review software implementation ensuring compliance with requirements

  • Review Owner’s Manual and Service Information related to the applicable sub-system

  • Provide guidance and input for feature design verification plan by working with System and/or Feature Owners and Validation Engineers

  • Maintain open requirements issue list and review, track, and report on progress and status

  • Support advanced technical work projects that drive future features and vehicle enhancement

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or related engineering discipline

  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience in the field of expertise

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills, including independent judgment and decision-making skills, where problems are very unusual and extremely difficult

  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills required to build relationships with team members and customers to solve problems and resolve issues

  • Physics-based understanding of the Voice-of-Customer

  • Ability to effectively communicate issues, status and recommendations to leadership

  • Proven ability in project management skills and ability to teach others

  • Ability to prioritize work with only limited direction from manager

Desired Skills

  • Masters or PhD in Engineering with an emphasis on Controls

  • Experience related to specifying physics of dynamic electromechanical systems (e.g., Brakes, Chassis, Suspension, Electrification, Thermal, etc.)

  • Experience with calibration, software, and controls development

  • Experience leveraging simulation environments and plant modeling for testing or requirements generation is a plus (e.g., Matlab/Simulink, CarSim, GT-Power, D-Space, ETAS, etc.)

  • Experience with requirements management tools (e.g., Doors, Jama Connect, codebeamer, etc.)

  • Experience with change management tools (e.g., IBM Rational Team Concert, Jira, etc.)

  • Experience with OBD regulations requirements

  • Experience with safety critical systems

Work Appropriately: Some positions do not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role may enable them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired. Remote positions require an employee to be onsite 1-4 x per year.

Additional Description

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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