General Motors
Detroit, MI

Advanced Battery Thermal Engineer at General Motors (Detroit, MI)

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Advanced Battery Engineering at General Motors is a rapidly developing automotive technology organization. We're creating cutting-edge battery systems that provide industry leading performance for future Electric Vehicles. Our team is critical to achieving GM's vision of Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes, and Zero Congestion.
In this role you will be responsible for developing new battery thermal technologies and implementing your learnings into initial hardware designs. After assessing your designs for performance capability, they are transferred to the engineering execution team for component sourcing and vehicle launch. You will engage regularly with battery and thermal system architects, as well as engineers responsible for design of battery module, electrical, and structure components. We're seeking an engineer who works collaboratively with others and is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Be committed to safety in everything our team does.
  • Promote an inclusive team environment that values backgrounds, opinions, and ideas that may be different from your own.
  • During the advanced Balance Architecture (BA) phase of your assigned program, develop a battery thermal design solution with supporting analyses confirming performance status vs requirements. Assess this design vs targets for packaging, mass, cost, manufacturability, and other attributes.
  • Lead the advanced thermal PDT (product development team) meeting for your assigned program, defining development work priorities and tracking design and analysis status.
  • Partner with the Virtual Design, Development, & Validation (VDDV) team to utilize 1D analysis and 3D CFD tools to assess performance of various battery thermal designs.
  • Ensure requirements and hardware design align with customer expectations by collaborating with engineers from vehicle thermal systems, battery systems, battery module, and battery cell teams.
  • Support advanced battery electrical and structure engineers with thermal assessments of these components.
  • Support vehicle and propulsion teams with status reports for intended battery thermal designs, and to discuss technical trade-offs vs alternate design options.
  • Work with Battery Thermal Technical Specialists to ensure components align with internal Bill of Design/Materials/Process (BoD/BoM/BoP) strategies.
  • After completing the advanced BA phase, provide consulting support to the engineering execution team as they source and launch your design into production.
  • For new concepts and ideas, establish fundamental learnings and develop designs through advanced technology projects (ATW).
  • Establish relationships with key suppliers and engage on development projects through Statement of Development Work (SODW) agreements.
  • Continuously benchmark automotive and other industries to identify and implement innovative technologies for electric vehicles.
  • Protect intellectual property (IP) by documenting your new ideas for invention board review and subsequent patent submissions.

Additional Description
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience in product engineering.
  • Familiarity with CAD and CAE/CFD.
  • Ability to lead complex technical projects with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to take ambiguous problems and define a tangible approach to identify optimal solutions.
  • Showcase a wide range of creativity and latitude on challenging assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience working with suppliers.

Desired Skills:
  • Master's degree in Engineering or relevant field.
  • 5+ years of experience in battery or thermal engineering.
  • Proficient in developing analytical models to inform design decisions (Excel, MATLAB, etc.).
  • Thermal analysis experience with 3D CFD (STAR-CCM+), 1D (GT Power), or similar tools.
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX or other CAD software.
  • Testing experience for batteries or thermal components.
  • DFSS Black Belt Certification.

This Role Offers the Following Work Appropriately Strategy:
Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee's role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired. This position requires an employee to be onsite every other week.
About GM
Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.
Why Join Us
We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day - individually and collectively - to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.
Benefits Overview
The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; • Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.
Diversity Information
General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.
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The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at [email protected] or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.
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