Canoo Technologies Inc.

Senior Crash Test Engineer - Passive Safety

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.


Canoo is seeking an exceptional Mechanical Engineer to work within the Vehicle Engineering Test Group, a critical arm of Vehicle Engineering organization. This role requires execution of Passive Safety Crash Test related activities both in-house and at external test sites. It also requires close partnership with internal service organizations and external suppliers to communicate test results, ensuring successful validation to Evelozcity standards and Regulatory Compliance requirements.


  • Drive all safety testing according to agreed test plans and test procedures
  • Lead the preparation and set up test fixtures, equipment and test samples
  • Lead detailed design reviews (Post-Test) & assist Design Engineering and CAE Teams in root-cause analysis
  • Identify concerns and work with design engineers for corrective action of issues identified during Safety testing
  • Create and ensure on-time completion of Safety Test Reports, Test Procedures, Test Plans and execution
  • Develop and validate performance of components, systems and validation activities and communication results with respective engineer teams and suppliers
  • Organize countermeasure validation testing to confirm corrective action resolution
  • Lend input on new program reviews, and provide feedback on vehicle safety performance
  • Guidance over Passive Safety Test budget, test rigs, test execution, and external test lab activity


Required experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability 
  • 5-10 years of automotive experience in Safety Testing
  • Dynamic Safety tests, including sled testing and full vehicle crash testing
  • Coordinating a team of engineers and technicians for Safety tests
  • Extensive knowledge of all FMVSS, ECE, China, IIHS, USNCAP, and EuroNCAP Test regulations & protocols
  • Fluent in analyzing data using available tools (HyperWorks, DiaDEM)
  • Interpretation of injury assessment values and various Star ratings (US NCAP/Euro NCAP/China NCAP/Japan NCAP) as well as the IIHS and RCAR rating system
  • Previous work with cross functional teams to drive product development and a demonstrated ability to influence direction of design based on safety test results
  • Understanding of data acquisition systems (DTS/SoMat) for vehicle data collection
  • Understanding of Instrumentation for crash, ATD setup and positioning, and High Speed Camera videography equipment
  • Ability to travel (up to 20%)


Preferred experience

  • The ideal candidate will have prior experience leading Crash and Safety Testing at a component/system/vehicle level at a major OEM

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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