Canoo Technologies Inc.

Powertrain Engineer

Full Time
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About Canoo

About Canoo

 Canoo’s mission is to bring EVs to Everyone and build a world-class team to deploy this sustainable mobility revolution. We have developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with pioneering technologies, award-winning designs, and a unique business model that spans all owners in the full lifecycle of the vehicle. Canoo is starting production in 2022 and is distinguished by its pioneering and experienced team of technologists, engineers, and designers. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by purpose, and possess a strong desire to get things done.


The “Canoo Way”

 Canoo’s success is the direct result of our disciplined application of our core operating principles and drills, which are based on three main principles: Think 80/20 (“Important versus less important”), Act 30/30 (“Reduce waste and increase output”), and Live 90/10 (“We have each other’s back”). We hire based on “MET” - Mindset, Equipment and willingness to Train - and seek individuals that take accountability and deliver results while being Humble, Hungry to succeed, and Hunting for opportunities to win. We train our team to engage with each other by modulating between their intellect (iQ) and emotional intelligence (eQ), applying Facts, Finesse, and Force when they communicate. The principles and drills of the CANOO Way have been fundamental to our success, our ability to grow, continuously improve, innovate and are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


The Powertrain Engineer will be responsible for mechanical component development and validation of cutting edge electric vehicle drive units.  The Powertrain Engineer will focus on drive unit design, analysis, issue resolution, as well as validation and testing.  Make design decisions on drive unit housings, rotating components, park system, oil and lubrication system, sealing, and mounting with the intent to qualify the design for mass production.  Collaborate with a talented team of design, CAE, and system engineers to create a highly integrated drive unit assembly with electric traction motor, geartrain, cooling and power electronics.


  • Drive design focused on performance, system mass, efficiency, NVH, durability, and thermal.
  • Design, validate, and integrate sub-systems into the electric drive unit.
  • Select and collaborate directly with drive unit component suppliers, setting requirements and quality standards.
  • Define test conditions, and pass/fail criteria for sub-systems as well as completed system.
  • Correlate life testing to life predictions, refining analysis/models collaborating with CAE engineers.
  • Post process test results, identify root-cause of potential issues and make design recommendations to meet the highest level of durability, efficiency and performance for Canoo vehicles.
  • Support vehicle testing to correlate to bench/dyno testing.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 10+ years of Automotive powertrain development and validation experience, including rotating component, housing, electric machine, and NVH disciplines.
  • First-hand experience on development and validation of electric drive unit components and assemblies from prototype into production scenarios.
  • Strong understanding of mechanical and thermal physics.
  • Experience of Test-Simulation correlation in the component / sub-system / models.
  • Strong communication skills and experience with presenting results and recommendations to multidisciplinary teams.



  • Master’s Degree (or higher) in Mechanical
  • Experience in electric vehicle powertrains, including various traction motor and transmission architectures.
  • Experience preparing test articles, collaborating with testing resources to complete DVP&R activities.
  • Experience in structural and analysis methods and tools such as Optistruct / HyperMesh / HyperView / Abaqus.
  • Experience with CATIA V6/3D experience.
  • Experience with Matlab.
  • Experience but not limited to steel and aluminum structure.
  • Design and development of component and sub-system tests.
  • Team building and mentoring experience.


What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine automotive landscape and make EVs available to everyone
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.


Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Canoo Inc. and its subsidiaries and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Canoo unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting. 


Canoo cares deeply about the safety of all candidates who may be asked to participate in an in-person interview. While the company remains operational, some of our positions are remote, while others require working on-site. Canoo is following the Covid-19 protocols set forth by local state and federal governance and the CDC guidelines. Candidates who are vaccinated will be asked to provide a copy of proof of vaccination upon arrival for the interview. Candidates who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no less than 48 hours old. We ask that you practice hand hygiene, social distance, and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19. We appreciate your cooperation with our safety protocols while you explore your future with Canoo!


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