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Electronic Controls Product Development Engineer (PCB Design)

Job Title
Electronic Controls Product Development Engineer (PCB Design)
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Novi,  MI 48336
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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER - Electronic Controls Engineer (PCB Design)


All T&E’s design and development of electronic controls for coolant pumps, diverter valves, throttle bodies, and related electronics.

Typical Duties

  • Design and support control electronics for pumps and valve using brushless and brushed motors from 10W low voltage through 1200 W high voltage using both firmware-based microcontroller solutions and application-specific motor controller chips.
  • Understanding of hardware and software tradeoff issues in microcontroller designs.
  • Design of MOSFET and IGBT power control circuits from 1 amp to 20 amps and from 12 V to 400VDC input.
  • Ability to design multi-layer high density mixed-signal printed circuit boards handling currents over 20 amps and voltages of 500 V.
  • Design circuits that will conform with automotive transient specifications and ESD requirements.
  • Ability to design circuits and PCB’s to minimize EMC and EMI problems.
  • Familiarity with common automotive communication protocols (PWM, LIN, CAN, SENT) and their design implication.
  • Select, interface, and approve vendors of standard and custom electronic components.
  • Ability to create detailed Bills of Material and performs initial price estimates with cost tradeoffs.
  • Ability to interpret and execute automotive specifications and design requirements and limitations
  • Experience with high temperature (-55 to +150C) designs and component selection.
  • Participate and lead design reviews for Customers.
  • Familiar with simulation tools to analyze circuits and systems.
  • Ensures design for manufacturability, test, and reliability. 
  • Participates in the complete product development cycle, from initial product specification to product release. 
  • Transfers and follows designs through test engineering and manufacturing engineering. 
  • Keeps adequate records and provides documentation on all projects
  • Familiarity with designing circuitry that operates over the wide range of automotive temperature and power conditions.
  • Need to interface productively with Firmware design engineer and cross-functional team.
  • Insure all customer performance and durability specifications and requirements are met.
  • Support component and end item manufacturing process development and optimization.  Parts and systems are to be designed for manufacturing.  
  • Initiate and support engineering verification (EV), design validation (DV) and production validation (PV) product testing.
  • Support product prototype builds.
  • Support Customer related technical issues
  • Support purchasing with the supplier selection process.
  • Support product cost estimating efforts.

YEARS EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years of experience in circuit design for electronic devices including microprocessor controllers and power electronics for harsh environments.

DEGREE: Bachelors Degree Electrical Engineering or (higher)


  • Knowledge of and experience with mainstream 8/16/32-bit microcontrollers with AEQ-100 ratings such as ARM, Microchip PIC, Freescale, STM etc.
  • Hands ON PCB design experience
  • Experience with schematic capture and PCB layout tools (ALTIUM big plus)
  • Strong troubleshooting and analysis skills.
  • Must be able to bring up a new PCB and circuit design from concept through implementation and revision
  • Experience with circuit simulation tools.
  • Experience in product development and design-for-manufacturing.
  • +Familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • BLDC 3-Phase and Brushed DC Motor design experience a BIG plus.
  • Basic understanding of microcontroller firmware and methodology in order to formulate proper circuit design decisions
  • Practical working knowledge of: FMEA, APQP, PPAP, and DV & PV testing.
  • Ability to understand and apply automotive powertrain engineering specifications.
  • Ability to work independently and within a cross-functional team environment.
  • Must have a self starting, proactive and resourceful mindset.
  • Good analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Able to understand customer functional and packaging needs and design/develop cost effective solutions.
  • Ability to work alone and in a team to determine optimal, robust engineering designs and materials for various products, applications and system components. 
  • Ability to simultaneously engineer products with consideration to and involvement of manufacturing engineering such that the products are designed for cost effective, robust manufacturing process.
  • Must be capable of evaluating various supplier processes and select those optimal for the product.
  • Able to determine required EV, DV and PV testing to prove-out/validate designs.


  • Limited travel required to suppliers, customer, and manufacturing plants during launch




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