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Electrical Engineer (Vehicle controls)

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Pleasanton, CA
Job Type
Direct Hire
Mar 07, 2019
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Our client is the largest and most dependable manufacturer of Heavy Duty Transit Buses in North America.  customers are in all 50 states, and include cities, counties, transit districts, universities and major private fleet operators. We are headquartered in Pleasanton CA.



This Engineering position is responsible for engineering design, problem resolution and other engineering duties in support of the design and manufacturing of parts and sub-systems.  This person will have direct influence at the part level to optimize the piece parts and sub-systems.  This position reports to the Engineering Supervisor but may also get direction/guidance from senior engineers.  This is a direct, full-time position with GILLIG.

Technical Focus (Expertise in one or more of the following areas):

  • Discuss and communicate customer, product and other functional requirements related to body controls, bus interface, bus control architecture, CAN interface, Self-Diagnostics and Fault Detection with internal and external customers
  • Work with controller and input/output device suppliers to configure and optimize vehicle functions such as: bus kneeling, driver’s interface, driver’s display, passenger safety, lighting, ingress/egress and passenger information systems
  • Verify control systems on vehicle or in laboratory. Modify software, hardware, wiring, device interface, RFI/EMI protection and communications for the control system to ensure compatibility with other vehicle devices and user interface systems
  • Experience with ladder logic control systems
  • Hands on experience with SW/HW and MIL/SIL/HIL testing is a plus
  • Experience with Simulink/Stateflow and/or Target Link is a plus
  • Experience with industrial control systems is a plus

Understanding of communications systems protocols, power requirements, shielding, ground and circuit protection requirements as well as user interface requirements

  • Body Control System
  • Low Voltage Sensors and Actuators
  • Vehicle Onboard Monitoring Systems
  • Vehicle Distributed Control Systems
  • Vehicle Control Communications Protocols


  • Can communicate component level design/idea to internal/external customers
  • Evaluates customer product requirements and develops product designs to meet customer needs
  • Interpret customer requirements, and map requirements onto existing designs when possible, and/or develop new designs when needed
  • Optimize designs via analytical, numerical and/or empirical assessments. Make mechanical, thermal and electrical models/analysis to insure product requirements are met
  • Produce and/or evaluate possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, delivery and performance on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers and/or customer/supplier personnel
  • Direct CAD Designers to complete 3D models and drawings as necessary
  • Release drawings accordingly to support production cost estimation and prototype quotes
  • Review CAD models and drawings of component to ensure their integrity
  • Use CAD modeling software to create components, assemblies, and engineering drawings for manufacturing
  • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOM) along with all project documentation
  • Design and document solutions, within the scope of concepts, for components and modules, taking project guidelines (e.g. safety, quality, costs, weights and dates) into consideration
  • Detail mechanical & electrical design including design for manufacture and assembly
  • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled for problems or projects
  • Support production ramp & ongoing/continuous product/process improvement
  • Perform and coordinate laboratory testing of prototypes for component characterization
  • Work with the test engineer(s) to create DVP&R, execute the defined test plan and review the test results/reports
  • Conduct field testing and provide preliminary evaluations
  • Develop and maintain the technical specification for desired performance at the component level
  • Ability to prioritize assigned tasks to maintain schedule
  • Works independently on assigned component tasks with some guidance required from senior engineers on sub system level tasks
  • Works productively with other engineers, designers, technicians, sales representatives, installers, and project managers so the project is delivered on schedule and on budget
  • Provide technical design support to sales, product engineering, manufacturing, and quality organizations
  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers at component level
  • Support purchasing, field service and other internal customers as required
  • Lead or support prototype order and procurement
  • Operate in a team environment and provide input to design solution during the design development phase
  • Applies industry practices and standards (NFPA, NEC, APTA, etc.) at the direction of senior engineers
  • Area of expertise at the component level
  • Model and drawing documentation is accurate and complete
  • Exhibits insight and mechanical/electrical design sense to develop and meet design requirements with product designs that are manufacturable, cost-efficient, reliable, and better than the competition
  • Hands on troubleshooting of vehicle systems
  • Released designs are cost effective, manufacturable, serviceable, meet all performance objectives and meet customer requirements


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering required
  • Minimum 5 years of engineering experience in area of technical focus
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) skills
  • Application of sound electrical design fundamentals
  • Working knowledge in electrical power distribution including AC and DC systems
  • In-depth knowledge of the electrical load calculation and circuit protection
  • Experienced with high voltage system design and necessary safety guidelines
  • Experienced with low voltage harness design
  • Experienced in generating harnesses and electrical schematic using CAD software
  • Familiarity with automotive components such as circuit breakers, relays, and wiring, etc.
  • Familiarity with automotive industry standards such as SAE, NFPA, FMVSS, etc.
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot automotive electrical systems