Canoo Technologies Inc.

Powertrain Controls and Systems Engineer

Full Time
Location : Location

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 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, and innovate are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


Develop a state-of-the-art software for the Canoo’s electric vehicle platform. Work in a dynamic collaborative environment and help to bring Canoo’s first production vehicle to market and develop technology for future platforms.


Responsibilities (80s of the Position) 

  • Develop and support propulsion controls algorithms and software implementation.
  • Create test plans for validation and calibration of control algorithms and features during all development stages with final validation in-vehicle.
  • Evaluate calibrations for powertrain software functions for releases.
  • Own specific a set of vehicle attributes for powertrain features including target setting, evaluation, and analysis.
  • Create and manage Model-In-the-Loop (MIL) test cases for software features.
  • Support requirements development at vehicle, system, and software levels to refine vehicle behaviors and attributes.
  • Provide feedback and assistance to other systems requiring powertrain software systems support including: chassis controls development, battery management system development, ADAS controls development.
  • Interface with cross-functional teams to support powertrain performance testing, software testing and validation.


Required Experience 

  • Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in automotive or similar domain
  • Experience with software documentation / calibration guides for powertrain software.
  • Experience with model-based controls development and calibration
  • Experience using Matlab / Simulink / Stateflow for control algorithm development for real time implementation.
  • Experience with on-vehicle testing of powertrain systems.
  • Exposure to functional safety, HARA, and automotive standards such as FMVSS, ISO26262


  • Experience with Software diagnostics development
  • Exposure to AUTOSAR toolchain is a plus.
  • Understanding of classical/modern controls technics through academic or industry projects
  • Electric vehicle systems knowledge: High voltage Battery, Traction Inverter, Electric Motor
  • Experience with software analysis tools: Vector CANoe, CANalyzer, vsignalizer, CANape, JIRA, GIT
  • Experience with log file analysis and root case identification of software issues in vehicle
  • Requirement management systems experience: Jama, Doors or Polarion
  • Understanding of communication protocols like CAN, LIN, Ethernet, etc.

Travel Requirements

  • 15% travel is expected to support testing and validation.

Physical Requirements for Non-Physical Positions

  •  While performing the duties of this job, employees may be required to sit for prolonged periods of time, occasionally bending or stooping, lifting up to 10 pounds, 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
  • A 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 laws.


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. 


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Salary will be determined based on a number of factors, including but not limited to years of experience, training, skillset, location, etc.  Expected salary range in CA – $104,300 - $125,100


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