Canoo Technologies Inc.

Studio Engineering Intern

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.


On the battleground between world class design and perfection in engineering you are the negotiator – your job is to enable our vision with as little compromise to either Design, Engineering or Usability. You are an excellent diplomat, with fantastic spoken and written communication skills, able to quickly and efficiently explain technical concepts to colleagues of various backgrounds. You have an absolute passion for design and pushing the automotive industry to where the electric vehicle revolution will allow it to go.


Studio Engineering Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance to Design and Engineering on interior and exterior feasibility
  • Create master sections to accelerate the development process
  • Have a good understanding of automotive component packaging requirements across all departments
  • Provide guidance to Design on dynamic systems, such as glass drop, closures sweeps, wheel travel, and their effect on associated geometry, cutlines and craftmanship
  • Identify manufacturing strategies that enable design vision, as well as advise Design on considerations required for common automotive manufacturing processes
  • Develop prototypes, bucks and fixtures utilizing hand and rapid manufacturing methods
  • Utilize CAD (preferably Catia V6) to review, create and organize information from and for Design and Engineering
  • Advise on homologation requirements for both ECE, FMVSS and GB standards, including but not limited to Lighting, Vision, Exterior Projections, Safety
  • Occupant Packaging including basics of ergonomics, such as reach, comfort clearances, visual obscuration, direct and indirect vision, ingress/egress, cargo requirements and loading. Knowledge of packages such as RAMSIS or OPTIS are a plus.
  • Lead benchmarking activities in order to ensure targets are competitive/class leading
  • Understand and advise on program management for engineering & design activities, such as timing for prototype builds, production tooling etc.

Ergo Responsibilities:

  • You are the voice of the customer, all customers – you need to make sure our products are fantastic for everyone. You will work directly with the design and engineering teams to ensure human factors are accounted for in every facet of the product, enabling our product lines to be leaders in usability and comfort. The successful candidate will be energetic, have a passion for good ergonomics, and be an excellent communicator
  • Deliver occupant packages that meet the vehicle requirements – work with engineering and design to reduce compromises
  • Generate, catalogue and implement within the design human factors requirements for all aspects of the vehicle, including but not limited to HMI, Cockpit Layout, Visibility, Ingress/Egress, Seating, Clearances, Cargo etc.
  • Communicate requirements to the design and engineering teams, working with both to maintain the design theme while ensuring a highly usable product
  • Design, develop and utilize physical and virtual prototypes to aid in validating both human factors criteria and product design, including the use of virtual human modelling where appropriate
  • Lead user clinics in order to resolve human factors issues
  • Measure, illustrate & communicate ergonomic status in relation to common standards (i.e. SAE J1100)
  • Ensure homologation standards that relate to human factors (i.e vision requirements FMVSS 111/ECE R46) are met
  • Benchmark as well as utilizing existing benchmarking tools (JD Power/A2Mac1) to ensure we are leaders in competitive class
  • Research relevant trends and stay abreast of developments in the automotive ergonomics field 

Package Buck Engineering Responsibilities:

  • Generating CAD models using Catia (Canoo uses V6 but willing to train V5 users)
  • Develop flat patterns, build instruction, assembly sequence instructions and weldment drawings
  • Create and manage detailed bill-of-materials
  • Request quotes from suppliers for manufacturing components
  • Submitting and managing purchase orders using Oracle
  • Manage budget and create reports for expenses
  • Work closely with the in-house manufacturing team to facilitate construction of package buck
  • Perform basic construction / assembly / wood working


  • Relevant Automotive experience
  • Proficient in Catia V5 (Catia V6/3D Experience preferred)
  • Higher Education Studies in a relevant field (Engineering, Industrial Design, Product Design, Automotive Design)
  • Great knowledge of automotive landscape, particularly as it pertains to Electric Vehicles, trucks, delivery vehicles

What's Cool About Working Here...

What’s cool about our internship program… 

  • Work with some of the most innovative minds in EV 
  • Work closely with leaders working on LIVE projects in the EV industry 
  • Build long lasting relationships in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility 
  • Take a big step towards your future career 
  • Lots of team-building and networking opportunities (even remotely) 
  • All Internships are PAID internships 


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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