Senior Systems Engineer - Battery
XALT Energy, LLC
Pontiac, MI

About $75,000 - $100,000 a year

XALT Energy is a leading developer and manufacturer of large-format lithium ion battery cells and associated modules & packs.

Utilizing its state-of-the-art production operations, proven technology and talented human capital, XALT Energy delivers practical, cost effective and well-engineered energy storage and usage solutions to its global customers in marine, commercial transportation, stationary power storage and defense industries.

Based in Midland, Michigan, XALT Energy continues to expand its knowledge and expertise to explore and evaluate next generation lithium ion battery technology and engineered solutions for current and future applications.

If you value creativity, entrepreneurship and operational excellence, we encourage you to consider XALT Energy as your career path.

Position Title: Senior Systems Engineer - Battery
Reports To: Manager of Systems Integration
Classification: Exempt
Status: Regular Full-time
Location: Pontiac, MI

Job Summary:
The Senior Systems Engineer ensures the XALT Li-ion battery system operates properly and safely within the customer’s host system through design analysis and testing. This high-achiever works with the customer’s integration team and other XALT engineering teams to highlight and prevent (and resolve) issues resulting from incompatibilities between the host platform and the battery system. This role is engaged from the prototype stage through launch and becomes the expert in understanding the interfaces between the host vehicle and battery including high-voltage wiring, contactor and relay behavior, low voltage control wiring, application-specific protocols, message sets and diagnostics, and electromagnetic compatibility and grounding. This is a senior role where leadership and mentoring skills are important.

Primary Responsibilities:
Ongoing: Develop and maintain standards and checklists for use in assessing compatibility and safety of XALT battery systems and host platforms.
During the early product development phase: Learn and analyze the electrical, electronic and mechanical interfaces between the customer’s host platform and the XALT battery pack.
Establish fluency regarding host vehicle-to-battery networks including terminations, messages, and analytical tools (e.g., CANalyzer)
Establish fluency regarding diagnostic messages and related failure modes (what causes each fault to trigger) and response modes (how the battery and the vehicle respond)
Establish understanding of vehicle electrical distribution system (harnesses, shielding, routing) and grounding topologies.
During vehicle prototype testing phases: Support customer onsite with system reviews and troubleshooting/problem solving. Provide lessons learned feedback to the appropriate XALT and Customer engineering teams as issues are encountered and resolved.

Additional Support Responsibilities:
Mentor less experienced engineers
Proactively support design validation teams in test plan reviews to ensure testing strategies and methods truly stress and verify design compliance and safety.
Work closely with marketing functions to understand customer technical requirements and build multi-generation technical plans for different applications.
Assess competitive technologies for system level innovation, cost, performance, and functional advantages.
Proactively support Design FMEA, particularly in areas related to host vehicle noise factors
Proactively support Service Engineering with recommendations for improving Service strategies

Position Qualifications:
M.S. in Electrical or Controls Engineering or equivalent (BS acceptable with sufficient experience)
Minimum 5 years of experience in electric vehicle programs, with battery integration a plus
Minimum 5 years of experience in electric vehicle programs and battery design and/or integration.
Working knowledge of CANalyzer, CANoe and NI-based analysis and development tools
Understanding of Battery Management Systems and relationships between controllable attributes, and battery life and performance.
Excellent communications and interpersonal skills – position requires strong interaction in multi-functional team environment particularly in high-pressure situations (e.g., launch)
Strong English skills, both spoken and written
Must be a self-starter who takes the initiative to find solutions to technical challenges
Must demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency with creative problem solving methods.
Travel 10–20% of time

Key Competencies:
Takes actions and displays behaviors that demonstrate ownership in the success of the company.
Demonstrates primary focus on meeting both internal and external customer needs when identifying, prioritizing and accomplishing tasks.
Works independently and overcomes obstacles to achieve results
Willingness to participate in teams to reach desired outcomes either as a team leader or team member.
Evaluates existing work processes and initiate practices to promote continuous improvement.
Builds safety, quality and compliance into all actions.
Committed to continuous learning and self-improvement.
NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this position. The above statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that may be required. All staff may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities as needed.

XALT Energy offers competitive salary and benefits to include:
Choice of three health plans, vision, dental and life insurance; ancillary benefits; 401(k); company paid holidays and paid time off.
The salary range commensurate with education and experience.
Must successfully complete a background check, a drug screen and a physical.

EOE including Disabled and Vets / VEVRAA Federal Contractor