Automotive Mechatronics Engineer

Potential Motors Inc. Published: August 20, 2019
Fredericton, New Brunswick
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Electric Mobility
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Potential Motors is an early stage company working on the next generation technology for electric vehicles. We are looking for ambition, drive, and an electric personality to join our growing team.  We offer an open and honest work environment, remote work, innovative technologies, and an opportunity to "make a dent in the universe". Working at Potential Motors you will be working on technology that is changing the way we look at the automobile. Here your ideas will have the ability to make an impact, and you will be a part of shaping our company as it grows.

Potential Motors is looking for someone who will be responsible for both designing and implementing the controls associated with power electronics used in a prototype electric vehicle. The engineer will be working in a fast paced environment with a combination of hands-on and design work. This work will involve testing, debugging, and proposing solutions to complex problems.

In this role you will be at the center of the iterative design process and will be involved in a broad range of responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work with the design and development engineers throughout the engineering organization to ensure the relevant subsystems are designed with appropriate requirements, interfaces and interactions to achieve specific vehicle functions.
  • Utilize critical analysis of potential failure modes and effects to influence these requirements.
  • Work cross-functionally across mechanical, electrical, system architecture, firmware development and firmware validation teams to understand new component-level hardware changes which are being developed and how to support them in firmware – both in manufacturing and for customer use – so that they can be seamlessly introduced to our overall design.
  • Dig into data and source code to identify and debug issues at the system level and propose robust solutions.
  • Develop prototype test setups to integrate new subsystems with simulated and actual vehicle components
  • Lead and manage integration of initial prototype systems including bring-up, debug, and engineering test of alpha- and beta-phase prototype vehicles

Knowledge and skills

  • Experience working on development of complex electro-mechanical projects.
  • Experience in the automotive industry isn’t required but is a plus.
  • Exceptional ability to keep multiple projects moving forwards in parallel.
  • Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems involving networked microprocessors and software-controlled electrical or electromechanical devices.
  • Proven ability to use programming to solve challenging problems and increase own/team’s efficiency through automation.
  • Experience with C and Python are preferred.
  • Understanding of low voltage and high voltage circuits and how to debug them.
  • Experience with CAN and Vector CAN tools is a plus.
  • Experience with Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment (HARA) is a plus.

Education required

  • BS degree in Mechatronics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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