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System Architect - Propulsion


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

General Motors’ vision for the future is a world in which there are zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.  One way that GM is working to achieve that vision is through engineering the most intelligent vehicles in the world.  
The vehicle intelligence platform, also known as “VIP,” is an advanced electrical architecture that underpins the next generation of vehicles, linking every sensor, actuator, switch, and controller.  The vehicle intelligence platform provides value to our customers by giving them new vehicle experiences and connecting their digital lives through the software defined vehicle platform, Ultifi.  None of this is possible, though, without the most talented people in the industry.
We are seeking an engineer with the passion to take the vehicle intelligence platform to the next level by engineering creative solutions and enhancements to the vehicle electrical architectures driven by change requests, new features, and overall system optimization.  This role will work within the propulsion domain and will cross between traditional ICE and Electrified propulsion systems.


  • Coordinate the electrical system architecture design execution over Propulsion Domain to support multiple product variants within multiple model years and multiple programs

  • Execute the evaluation of partitioning topology scenarios and ultimately establish the design direction for the functions set within the family of Global Electrical Architectures

  • Ensure the Propulsion Subsystems functions and interfaces are defined and designed in adherence to engineering standard work for the purpose of on-time high quality delivery of GM Electrical Architecture Core

  • Act as a product manager and primary interface with customers (e.g. Subsystems Engineers, Network Design Engineers and Software Engineers) and development partners (e.g. calibration teams, validation teams, or suppliers) over the Architecture Artifacts; includes tracking and reporting status of deliverables

  • Oversee and approve creation of physical and logical interface design artifacts mechanizations that capture the established direction; participate in creation of these artifacts as needed to maintain established timelines

  • Drive alignment and ensure compliance with established Electrical Architecture core technical strategies for solutions managed by the global component stakeholders within the Domain area

  • Identify opportunities to further optimize the system by repartitioning controls across organizational or otherwise conventional boundaries

  • Drive discussions to challenge necessary paradigms and develop business cases for realization where appropriate

  • Lead and support continuous process improvements, best practices, lessons learned, and quality improvement initiatives

Additional Description


  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Math, Physics, or Computer Science

  • 2+ years of experience in propulsion system engineering, embedded controls development, or electrical controls integration (architecture diagrams, designs, and implementation plans)  

  • High level of interpersonal communication skills (written and oral)

  • Demonstrated ability to work across systems and organizations to get technical projects completed

  • Able to work independently with high degree of initiative

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult

Desired Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in propulsion system engineering, embedded controls development, or electrical controls integration (architecture diagrams, designs, and implementation plans)  

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.