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Controls Engineer (2023)


Saginaw, MI, US

Division:  US-Corporate (COR)
Req ID:  50290

Nexteer is seeking a technical expert in controls to design, simulate, and help implement and calibrate control algorithms and methods to achieve various internal and customer requirements.  The ideal candidate will have experience with MATLAB, Simulink, CAN communication, embedded systems, and embedded controls and a willingness to work in a hybrid (remote/onsite) environment.  This position involves working on cutting-edge motion control technology with opportunities to file for IP.  A high level of communication skills, both written and verbal are required as the candidate will interact with internal and external customers to ensure deadlines and requirements are met.


Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the design and analysis of the controls of electronic power motion-control systems using dynamic system modeling and simulation
  • Responsible for developing system features and functions, from proof of concept to production requirements
  • Provides technical leadership and effectively integrates all aspects of system design using multi-disciplinary engineering
  • Diagnosis and solutions of performance issues through data-based root cause analysis
  • Develop, test, and deliver system models, up to and including entire vehicle models
  • Uses rapid prototyping tools for system development
  • Utilize predictive information based on cloud data to improve driver experience
  • Assists in maintaining cost controls and stays abreast of new technology


Required Skills:

  • Expertise in classical control theory (e.g. PID, LQR), including state matrices, stability margin, and first principles approach towards development
  • Strong programming and simulation skills (with MATLAB/Simulink)
  • Knowledge of vehicle dynamics (steering, braking, suspension, driveline),  mechanical systems, electronic systems, and computer hardware and software
  • Excellent problem-solving techniques
  • Good organization and documentation abilities
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Enjoy driving and evaluating vehicles and possess a valid driver license


Preferred Skills:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of about self-driving cars, including topics such as ADAS sensors, camera, radar, lidar, path planning, model predictive controls (MPC), learning perception and localization
  • Familiarity with machine learning
  • Familiarity with information exchange between cloud and on-board controllers (e.g. Microsoft Azure)
  • Knowledge of systems engineering (e.g. System Vee Model)
  • Experience with high-level programming languages (i.e. C, C++, python)
  • Familiarity with automotive communication protocols (i.e. CAN, Flexray)
  • Expierience with rapid prototyping tools such as Simulink Embedded Coder or dSpace MicroAutoBox
  • Knowledge of Vehicle Dynamics software tools such as Carsim or Carmaker


Educational Requirements:

Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) – Electrical, Mechanical, or Automotive Engineering with an emphasis in controls




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