Canoo Technologies Inc.

EMotor Design Engineer

Full Time
Location : Location

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 Electric Motor Design Engineer will be responsible for component development and validation of cutting edge electric vehicle traction motors. Define key specifications for electric motor operation, including performance envelope (continuous and transient) and durability testing. Define sub-component and assembly DFMEA, DVP&R and testing specifications for both rotating and stationary components of the electric machine. 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.


  • Perform design and optimization of induction and permanent magnet machines with a focus on creating highly power dense machines with a high efficiency
  • Develop efficiency maps and inputs for use in the motor control system
  • Support vehicle testing to correlate to bench/dyno testing
  • Own DFMEA, DVP&R and test procedures for electric machine (rotating and stationary) components and completed assemblies
  • Develop test plans and work with motor control and motor test engineers to validate motor performance predictions
  • Select and collaborate directly with traction motor component suppliers for copper/iron/insulation system, setting requirements and quality standards
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Electrical Engineering with focus on design of electric machines
  • 10+ years of electric machine design experience
  • First hand experience on development and validation of traction motor components and assemblies from prototype into production scenarios
  • Strong understanding of electric machine 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

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree (or higher) in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or Equivalent
  • Experience in traction motor design and manufacturing methods including induction and permanent magnet machines
  • Skilled using electromagnetic finite element analysis codes (JMAG, Maxwell, Flux, etc.)
  • Experience preparing test articles, collaborating with testing resources to complete DVP&R activities
  • Experience with optimization methods
  • Experience with CATIA V6/3D experience
  • Electric motor simulation experience
  • Experience with Matlab, Labview/Simulink
  • Electromagnetic / Thermal / structural coupled simulation experience
  • 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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