Ricardo: Battery Systems Engineer

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Battery Systems Engineer

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Van Buren, MI

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Specify, design and develop battery systems from either a clean-sheet requirement, or provide application engineering support to identify the ideal battery pack and integrate into the desired application.
  • Develop required documentation (sub-system technical specifications, block diagrams, FMEA, P-diagrams, DVP, work instructions, etc.) and Sheppard the design process through to production release.
  • Work with suppliers to identify required components to be incorporated into the final design, resulting in a robust design meeting all client specifications and needs.
  • Responsible for design release engineer for module assembly, components and subassemblies, including DFMEA, DVP, robustness/P-diagrams, 2D&3D models, GD&T, critical characteristics, tolerance analysis, engineering BOM, work instructions and process flow.
  • Support procurement of prototype module components, subassembly and assembly, DV & production source selection, APQP, tool design & qualification, purchasing, inventory and quality management
  • Provides timely and accurate department reports as appropriate and requested
  • Delivers superior levels of client service to both internal and external clients while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in battery pack design and development.
  • Experienced with designing and releasing of Automotive components
  • Strong communication, client awareness, and problem-solving skills
  • Experienced in developing good supplier relationships
  • Highly motivated to succeed, a self-starter who is driven and able to work with others effectively to "get things done"
  • Strong experience with automotive and industrial energy storage systems employing advanced cell chemistries in various configurations for high voltage, power and energy capacity
  • Familiarity with automotive and industrial energy storage system designs at a high level and best practices. Has insight into the rationale for design approaches taken by design teams for current production battery packs.
  • Experience with engineering processes from concept development to production energy storage system development.
  • Familiarity with engineering development processes (block diagrams, FMEA, P-diagrams, DVP, work instructions, etc). Ability to establish development process tools from clean sheet or “own” established process until production release.
  • Familiarity with industry energy storage system developers (OEM) and typical energy storage system suppliers chain (component suppliers).
  • Familiarity with how an energy storage system will operate within a system (hybrid or grid).
  • Design and Analysis – requirements documentation, compliance, a general understanding of mechanical and structural design. Ability to specify key analysis or interpret results.
  • Thermal Systems – familiar with cooling systems: requirements, specifications, heat exchange, working fluids packaging and interconnects
  • Electronic module – fundamental understanding of wiring and bus bar routing, fusing, connectors, mounting of components and maintain bill of materials
  • Packaging – ability to address issues related to detailed design of module packaging, conductors, sensor locations and module and pack-level tolerance stack analysis, creepage and clearance requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Testing – develop comprehensive test specifications, support DV and PV testing for electrical, mechanical and thermal systems. Close familiarity with test equipment, laboratory requirements and safety.
  • BMS - Familiarly with typical BMS system functionality, operation, and integration issues
  • Proposal development - Ability to write clear proposals with scope, deliverables, assumptions clearly defined.
  • Awareness of industry trends, cell chemistry trade-offs and best practices.
  • Commercial delivery Ability to remain focused on delivery in “noisy environment”. Ability to simplify complex trade-offs into simple choices to support decision makers.