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- Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the actions of the driver.
- Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility.
- Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.
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We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun environment with forward-thinking people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI if you’re interested in transforming mobility through designing technology for safer cars, enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources. Start your impossible with us.
TRI’s Automated Driving (AD) Team is developing the core algorithms, software, and system requirements that will enable future Toyota vehicle automation products. The Vehicle Test Engineer role is an excellent opportunity for an accomplished automotive test engineer looking for an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of automated driving technology, at a young, rapidly growing company, offering the excitement of a fast-moving start-up, while having the financial backing and trust of one of the largest and most successful automakers in the world.
The Vehicle Test Engineer will have a significant opportunity to influence TRI’s emergent AD testing strategy, development & operation of TRI proving grounds, develop and verify new test methods, equipment, processes, procedures, and policies.
We are looking for an experienced test engineer who is passionate about developing and deploying technology that will improve the safety, accessibility, convenience, and efficiency of mobility solutions affecting millions of consumers. The Vehicle Test Engineer will work closely with TRI’s Field Operations personnel who do most of the driving/operation of TRI’s prototype AD vehicles. They will also work with Systems Engineering and Simulation teams on verification strategies. They will also work closely with Program Managers, on getting good test and demonstration plans in place, and helping the team execute them. Test track personnel and test equipment suppliers will be critical supplier partners for the Vehicle Test Engineer.
The position will initially report to TRI’s Test Engineering Manager. Some domestic overnight travel required (<25%) with potentially significant local travel to regional test tracks (including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Fowlerville, Ottawa Lake).
Build knowledge of TRI’s vehicle testing needs, alternative testing facilities, state-of-the-art AD testing methods, and test equipment. Evaluate, select, install, and become an expert operator and trouble-shooter of test tools and software. This includes a variety of “soft targets” and mobility mechanisms to operate within simulated traffic scenarios. Maintain awareness of the latest test technology in this fast-moving product space, continually growing TRI’s testing proficiency.
Assist in the design, development, and operationalization of TRI test tracks. Develop closed-course layouts and specify temporary roadside furniture for simulated urban and highway driving scenarios that exercise as much AD functionality in constrained track spaces.
Collaborate with Systems Engineering and Simulation teams in creating structured testing to verify the requirements of the Automated Driving Systems. Develop and execute the full-vehicle proving ground procedures. Ensure test measurement variation (Gauge R&R) is understood and minimized.
Participate in industry conferences and committees with other experts in this area to gain expertise and support TRI’s interests. Potentially influence the development of industry standards.
Support the AD Team in articulating testing objectives and developing realistic work plans that complete needed testing as timely and efficiently as possible.
Serve as technical liaison with any outside testing services needed by the AD Team.
Ensure proper vehicle systems obtained for testing, along with proper test equipment configured for needed testing. Attention to detail is critical to ensure valid test conditions and vehicle configuration prior to test initiation.
Support algorithm development personnel in completing Scrum-based sprints. Provide test plans, workload estimates, lead or oversee test execution, in support of TRI’s Agile development approach. Document any issues that arise during testing and advise test requestor of failures. Analyze test results, applying appropriate statistical tools, and summarizing results along with test setups in concise organized test reports.
Based on driving and evaluation skills, the Vehicle Test Engineer may support both subjective and objective vehicle tests. This includes evaluating benchmark vehicles and testing TRI’s Guardian functionality in limit handling situations.
Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering is required. MS in engineering is desirable.
At least 5, and ideally more than 10, years of experience in test engineering for electro-mechanical systems, including at least 3 years in vehicle dynamics testing. Experience with Automated Driving Systems and/or ADAS is highly desirable.
Familiar with automotive test track standard methodologies and safety policies. Most valuable if you’ve developed them.
Experience working with embedded software control of electromechanical systems. Able to fix complex systems.
Experience operating sophisticated electronic test equipment. Highly desirable if this includes vehicle soft targets and associated mobility platforms.
Experience developing DVP&R (Design Verification Plans and Reports), vehicle dynamics test procedures, data post-processing, and subjective vehicle evaluation techniques.
Experienced with reliability engineering, gauge R&R, DOE, and other relevant statistical methods.
Strong attention to detail. Methodical.
Maintains a safety-first attitude.
Excellent written and verbal skills. Adept at summarizing and presenting sophisticated test data in an informative and easily understood manner.
Effective social skills. Able to influence without authority, working with technical and multi-functional teams to get things done.
Automotive product development experience (beyond testing) highly desirable, especially with research and advanced technology development.
The ability to understand Python and write simple scripts is desirable.
High-performance driver training, experience, and certification highly desirable.
Experience working in an Agile/Scrum environment highly desirable.
Thrives in ambiguity, setting own goals and effectively delivering to them in a very constantly evolving environment.
Experience with Google’s tool-suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Groups), Jira, Confluence, Slack, and some form of Drawing/MCAD.
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