Canoo Technologies Inc.

Principal Engineer - Vehicle Safety

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.


 This role establishes vehicle safety performance targets and evaluates vehicle safety attributes and analyzes simulation results and physical test data against internal Canoo safety targets, regulatory safety requirements, and consume safety expectations. You will work collaboratively with internal Design, Test, CAE, and homologation teams to ensure the design of our products meet all safety performance targets.


  • Work with internal cross-functional teams to develop and define safety performance targets and requirements
  • Provide strategic guidance and direction in terms of safety test planning and test preparation & execution
  • Develop and validate performance of components, systems and vehicle level validation activities and communicate results with respective Design Engineering teams and external suppliers
  • Lead post-test performance safety reviews and assist Design Engineering & CAE Teams in root-cause analysis
  • Identify safety concerns and work with Design Engineers to recommend countermeasure corrective actions and develop re-validation test plans to confirm resolution to any safety performance deficiencies
  • Work closely with our Homologation team members to comprehend existing and future safety requirements for current and future vehicle programs
  • Contribute to engineering design reviews for current and future vehicle product development programs
  • Develop strategies and safety roadmaps for vehicle safety performance of our new vehicle programs


  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability 
  • 15+ years of automotive experience in Safety products and Testing
  • Quasi-Static & Dynamic Safety tests, including sled testing and full vehicle crash testing
  • Extensive knowledge of all FMVSS, ECE, China, IIHS, USNCAP, EuroNCAP, RCAR Test regulations & protocols
  • Experience in analyzing data using available tools (HyperWorks, DiaDEM)
  • Interpretation of injury assessment values and various Star ratings (US NCAP/Euro NCAP/China NCAP) as well as the IIHS and RCAR rating system
  • Familiar with CAE safety simulation tools and methods
  • 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 Instrumentation for crash, ATD setup and positioning, and High-Speed Camera videography equipment
  • Ability to travel (up to 30%)

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 – $156,200 - 195,300 annually


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