Job Listing Description

Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI.


  • The Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer is responsible for performing durability and NVH assessment of transmission housing, mounting, transfer case, adapter, flex plate, torque converter, axles and other trans/ driveline components using virtual analysis tools.
  • The engineer will work closely with transmissions / driveline release groups, powertrain integration, suppliers, offshore CAE teams and other functional groups to proactively identify issues, develop solutions and meet program performance objectives and timings.
  • The engineer will follow established methodologies, identify future improvements in analysis capability and document new analysis procedures.
  • The chosen candidate will use commercial CAE tools such as, Hypermesh, Meshworks, Simlab, Abaqus and Nastran.
  • Responsible for working with electrified & hybrid powertrain (engines, transmission, battery & motor) engineers, including controls and calibration, to proactively drive ePT system level design and optimization through virtual analysis tools.
  • Responsible for developing 1D/2D/3D simulation models and control methodologies/processes from physical principles for high voltage and low voltage Lithium ion batteries (cells, modules, pack).  
  • The expected job responsibilities will include, but not limited to;

  1. Develop, test and correlate high-fidelity physics-based models for high/low voltage Lithium ion batteries for electrified and hybrid powertrains (equivalent circuit, electrochemical, coupled with thermal models etc.).
  2. Develop aging models for Lithium ion high voltage batteries.
  3. Develop model predictive controls (MPC) optimization methodologies for balancing performance, aging, and energy management.
  4. Drive design using Computer Aided Engineering tools (Matlab/Simulink, Ansys Fluent, Comsol, etc. ) to meet the component & system performance, efficiency, durability, and reliability.
  5. Provide components design direction, and control strategy development & optimization through System Integration.
  6. Execute advanced projects for new methodology and process development.
  7. Document procedures, and write technical/progress reports.
  8. Coordinate between different release groups, global simulation teams and suppliers to identify risk and communicate virtual engineering results.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Applied Physics, Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Industrial, or Computer Engineering, or related Engineering, or Applied Mathematics field from an ABET accredited university.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in automotive powertrain area.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience with battery cell/pack simulations or experiments.
  • Deeper knowledge of one or more of the following automotive system areas; hybrid powertrains, electric motors, batteries, engines, transmissions, driveline, thermal systems, or controls.
  • Deep knowledge of optimization methods and control methods.
  • Excellent organizational skills and effective communication skills w.r.t. technical issues - both verbal and written.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Engineering.
  • Experience with system modeling and analysis of electric and hybrid powertrain or vehicle level systems.
  • Experience in calibration, HIL, experimental tests or vehicle/engine performance simulation, electrification PT (ePT) Systems.

Job Number: 1910103523
Job Location: Auburn Hills, MI
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 07/19/2019
Last Updated: 10/18/2019
Attention: Katie Windhurst
Address: 11828 W CENTRAL STE 100
City, State: WICHITA, KS 67212-5129
Phone: 316/729-1800
800 Phone: 800/333-8644
Fax Phone: 316/729-1857

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