Canoo Technologies Inc.

Sr. Powertrain Controls 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.


This powertrain controls engineer role will develop, test, and validate controls algorithms implementing control of the propulsion system including torque control including torque split for all wheel drive, energy management, drive gear management, and fault detection and degradation.


  • Design, development, implementation, optimization, and testing of powertrain control  algorithms for electrical vehicle. Functional topics include: torque control / torque split management, drive gear management, energy management, interfaces to chassis controls and autonomy systems
  • Specification and development of requirements related to the powertrain control functions.
  • Documentation of algorithm development and testing results, and integration of the documentation within the relevant tools.
  • Support product development and testing timeline planning with cross-functional hardware, controls, and software teams
  • Develop test plans for validation of powertrain functions including on-vehicle testing.
  • Provide feedback and assistance to other systems requiring powertrain controls support including: motor controls development, battery management system development, chassis controls development.
  • Support debugging of software issues at vehicle level
  • Provide feedback to and work with base software team to identify issues in application software implementations
  • Up to 25% domestic travel


  • Bachelors degree (or higher) in electrical or mechanical engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ year experience in EV controls role or similar
  • Knowledge of classic and modern control techniques including PID controller, state space observer and control methods, Kalman filter, etc.
  • Experience using Matlab / Simulink / Stateflow for control algorithm development for real time implementation.
  • Experienced with the full development process including simulation (model in the loop (MIL) and/or software in the loop (SIL)), board level testing (hardware in the loop (HIL)), and system level testing (dyno, vehicle). Ability to support development and validation process at any stage.
  • Experience with documentation of controls / application software algorithms
  • Experience / familiarity with BEV / HEV propulsions systems and components

Preferred Experience 

  • Master’s degree with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with instrumentation tools such as CANalyzer, CANape, ETAS Inca, and ATI Vision

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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