Systems Engineer - Senior at Altair (Detroit, MI)

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Transforming the Future with Convergence of Simulation and Data

Systems Engineer - Senior

Job Summary:

Our client in Auburn Hills, MI is looking for a Systems Engineer - Senior. This is a contract position.

What You Will Do:

The Battery System Safety engineer leads the product design and development activities related to system safety for various hybrid/electric vehicle battery systems. This position entails working closely with HV battery release engineers, HV battery suppliers, HV battery & vehicle packaging engineers to lead battery design sufficiency analysis and release activities related to system safety for mechanical, electrical, thermal and system. The engineer will be responsible to ensure that the HV battery pack designs meets all safety related best practices and regulatory requirements.

The engineer will develop battery system safety work plans for thermal propagation and abuse venting design concepts, and will define design guidelines, simulation cases, define/collect the input data and will work with simulation teams to perform the necessary simulations to develop robust battery design for thermal propagation. The engineer will also develop test cases to validate the design concepts and simulation models, and finally, the verification of the pack design at pack level test.

Additionally, the Engineer will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of documentation outlining best practices and D-FMEA (including preventive and detection controls) for HV battery system safety and understanding and tracking all domestic & international regulatory requirements related to battery safety. The Engineer will also conduct battery design reviews focusing on system safety & support component, subcomponent & vehicle safety testing. The Engineer will also work with product release teams to solve application issues during product design & testing.

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university or equivalent
  • Minimum 8 years of experience with HV Battery Safety Analysis, Design and/or Product Release
  • Experience with battery safety testing and/or analysis, including crush & thermal propagation
  • Strong understanding of regulatory environment related to traction system batteries including all relevant international standards and developing activities
  • Strong experience in design standards for system safety
  • Understanding of unique safety requirements for High Voltage systems.
  • Experience with automotive sensors including current, pressure, temperature as well as circuit protection devices including fuses, contactors, bussing
  • DVP&R and DFMEA creation and execution experience
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Understanding of electrical engineering protocols and standards
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to interface with key customers, cross-functional teams, and all levels of personnel/management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple responsibilities

  • Master of Science in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university or equivalent
  • Experience/Training in ISO 26262
  • Experience/Training in FTA
  • Experience with automotive crash testing & regulations
  • Experience knowledge in mechanical impact simulations
  • Strong knowledge and usage of high voltage lab devices
  • Program management experience
  • Supplier experience in design or analysis of safety critical components or systems
  • Expertise with DFSS (Black Belt) during design, validation and/or launch of products
  • Expertise in reactive problems solving (Shainin, Red X, etc.)

How You Will Be Successful:
  • Envision the Future
  • Communicate Honestly and Broadly
  • Seek Technology and Business "First"
  • Embrace Diversity and Take Risks

What We Offer:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package
  • 401(k) with matching contributions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free training on all Altair products

Why Work with Us:

Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the area of data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing (HPC). Altair enables organizations in nearly every industry to compete more effectively in a connected world, while creating a more sustainable future. With more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers in 25 countries, we help solve our customer's toughest challenges and deliver unparalleled service, helping the innovators innovate, drive better decisions, and turn today's problems into tomorrow's opportunities.

Our vision is to transform customer decision making with data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing.

For more than 30 years, we have been helping our customers integrate electronics and controls with mechanical design to expand product value, develop AI, simulation and data-driven digital twins to drive better decisions, and deliver advanced HPC and cloud solutions to support unlimited idea exploration. To learn more, please visit

Ready to go? #ONLYFORWARD

At our core we are explorers; adventures; pioneers. We are the brains behind some of the world's most revolutionary innovations and are not only comfortable in new and unchartered waters, we dive headfirst. We are the original trailblazers that make the impossible possible, discovering new solutions to our customer's toughest challenges.

Altair is an equal opportunity employer. Our backgrounds are diverse, and every member of our global team is critical to our success. Altair's history demonstrations a belief that empowering each individual authentic voice reinforces a culture that thrives because of the uniqueness among our team.
More Information on Altair
Altair operates in the Information Technology industry. The company is located in Troy, MI. Altair was founded in 1985. It has 3065 total employees. To see all 29 open jobs at Altair, click here.
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