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Ford Motor Company Research Engineer in Topeka, Kansas

We are looking for a Research Engineer – Diesel Controls for our Vehicle Propulsion Systems Engineering Team.

Ford’s research and advanced engineering organization is seeking qualified candidates to join our team to develop control and diagnostic algorithms that support future diesel programs. The diesel controls team is a vibrant group of engineers responsible for researching the control systems and diagnostic strategies that help make Ford vehicles environmentally responsible while delivering the performance customers expect. Successful candidates for this position will have demonstrated experience designing and delivering control software for dynamic systems and a passion for attaining a deep understanding of interrelated vehicle systems.

What you will be able to do

Responsibilities will include development and implementation of control and diagnostic algorithms for engine-related systems in future diesel programs in the US and globally. An engineer in this position will:

  • Build and release Rapid Prototype SW levels for development testing

  • Deploy control algorithms to embedded controllers (rapid prototyping and production ECU)

  • Use MATLAB/Simulink to create embedded control software

  • Develop, test, and validate new embedded controls and diagnostics for diesel programs, including fuel system, air path and exhaust aftertreatment in modeling environments

  • Create software requirements, specifications, and validation plans

  • Perform verification of the controls and control systems via control calibration and vehicle testing

  • Work closely with downstream customers to validate the application of the control and diagnostic solutions and develop requirements, optimization models and calibration guides

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field or a combination of education and equivalent experience

  • 3+ years of experience developing control algorithms for mechanical or electrical systems

  • 3+ of experience with MATLAB/Simulink tools for data analysis, model development and software development (course work included)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field

  • 1 year of power train controls system experience or related coursework

  • 1 year of experience testing software in embedded hardware

  • Familiarity with control development and calibration tools including MATLAB / Simulink, dSpace, Vector CANalyzer, ETAS INCA, and ATI Vision

  • Demonstrated data analysis and control/diagnostic feature simulation skills

  • Working knowledge of programming in C/C++ Familiarity with systems engineering based problem solving

  • Excellent written/oral communication skills

  • Proven ability to work well with others as part of a diverse global team

What you'll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you will enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You will also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have the determination to help us redefine the future of mobility, we would love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

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At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been shown to play a significant role in combating COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.

Requisition ID : 2627