Canoo Technologies Inc.

Lead Steering Engineer

Full Time
Location : Location
US-MI-Auburn Hills

About Canoo

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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 Lead Steering Systems Engineer is responsible for design and release of the steering system and it’s physical and performance envelope.


Responsibilities (80s of the Position) 

  • Be aware of best-in-class steering system designs through benchmarking. Propose designs that meet the intended uses of the vehicle and packaging requirements.
  • Translate vehicle performance targets to component level performance and design requirements.
  • Design of Steering systems for: power assist, tilt and telescope functions, crash worthiness, strength, durability, and packaging in vehicle environment.
  • Work with supplier based on vehicle requirements, design validation testing and deliver the product based on delivery milestones.
  • Work with cross functional team for ergonomics, packaging, safety & crash testing, supplier quality and manufacturing.
  • Understanding of all related federal and industry requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  • 6+ years’ experience in steering systems design and release.
  • Deep knowledge of Automotive Steering Systems: Manual and power Steering Columns & Rack EPS.
  • Skills: CATIA, GD&T and drawing release experience, packaging and clash studies, DFMEA/PFMEA, design validation testing and automotive new product launch experience/release process/change process.
  • Design and release engineering experience for steering components at an Automotive OEM or tier 1 supplier.
  • Automotive OEM, EPAS, development.


  • Experience with by-wire technologies.

Travel Requirements

You will be asked to travel to different Canoo sites and testing facilities in the US including winter testing.  Your home office: Torrance Ca, Auburn Hills Mi, Prior Ok, or Bentonville Ar, will determine where and how often you will travel.  Should not exceed 30%.


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, employees may be required to lift up to 25 or more pounds, stand, sit, bend/stoop, or operate office equipment or machinery and prolonged periods of computer use..


Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine the 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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