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Test Cell Manager

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Detroit

Job Description

Position Summary:

Ricardo has vast technical resources with several high-feature engine dyno cells, emissions benches, along with world-class workbays, instrumentation, and specialty tools. This position includes project and personnel management, budgeting and manpower planning responsibility, monitoring of lab utilization, and identifying future needs/improvements.

Essential Functions:

  1. Manage the powertrain development test laboratory's execution and test beds while supporting our customer’s needs.
  2. Lead, coach and develop a team of technicians/technologists/engineers who are developing and testing advanced internal combustion engine hardware and controls, calibrations, and advanced transmissions.
  3. Ensure open communication with the design, calibration, combustion, development, project, and validation groups to support programs and their successful launches.
  4. Schedules and assigns work to Engineers and Technicians to meet project quality and timing demands
  5. Provides instructions and guidance to technicians, test engineers and instrumentation team on complex or unique problems
  6. Assists in the assurance that all employees adhere to all established company standards, and quality procedures, and work instructions; provides training where necessary
  7. Creates processes and procedures related to test cell set up, operation and maintenance
  8. Writes or assists in writing proposals, routine reports or completes sections of more complex reports
  9. Acts as liaison with other departments and with clients where appropriate
  10. Expert at set up and operation of test cells for developmental engines, transmissions and vehicles
  11. Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  12. Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. BS degree in Mechanical Engineering
  2. 10 years of experience in Powertrain dynamometer test cell systems design, implementation, operation, maintenance/troubleshooting and facilities support, including a strong foundation of internal combustion engine fundamentals, emerging trends, tailpipe emissions, and overall PT system interaction.
  3. Must have at least 5 years of experience managing development teams.
  4. Must have the ability to deliver succinct written and verbal communication and make timely decisions with limited information.
  5. Must be able to effectively communicate both to staff and upwards to senior management.
  6. Must be highly motivated and able to manage multiple assignments concurrently with limited supervision, while driving day-to-day operations.