Positions Available in the United States

Battery Electrical Engineer

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Summary of Position:

Zero Motorcycles is a manufacturer of electric motorcycles for the consumer and fleet markets. Headquartered in Scotts Valley California, we design and build our product onsite and have been doing so since 2006. We are looking for an individual to join our engineering team as a battery specialist, and bring a strong focus of quality, verification, and regression testing to our design methodology.

This individual must have a deep understanding of current and emerging battery technology with an emphasis on the EV space. This position needs to understand all of the different parameters of lithium ion batteries and what is important for a given application and use profile. This person also needs to master all the design criteria that need careful consideration for the integration of battery technologies into battery modules, systems, and equipment that is exposed to the elements. This person will engage with battery manufactures to find the most technologically advanced cells on the market that will be the best fit for our application at the best cost. They will also lead the effort to integrate these solutions into our battery systems, test that they meet all design criteria, and move them through the design methodology to production.

The person we are looking for is confident in their ability to lead the way to insuring that Zero Motorcycles continues to have the most advanced, powerful, robust, and energy dense battery, at market competitive pricing. This position is full time and will be working at our Scotts Valley, California headquarters and report to the Director of Electrical Engineering.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Own the battery pack development for Zero Motorcycles from concept to production handoff
  • Develop cell interconnectivity, cell-box packaging, connector interfaces, and other battery technology
  • Stay informed on latest battery development, research, suppliers, manufacturers, pricing, and manufacturing techniques
  • Provide direction to the engineering team on cell technology, battery advancement roadmap, and pack design
  • Aid Zero in vetting potential suppliers, from a technical and capability standpoint
  • Collaborate closely with Zero Motorcycles’ selected cell supplier
  • Work with other electrical engineers, connector/harness engineers, mechanical engineers, and chemical engineers to design battery packs. This includes writing specifications, coordinating design of the many elements, proving feasibility through early testing, confirming full functionality of representative design, testing durability of design, testing for regulatory compliance, and insuring manufacturing engineering can build the design in production
  • Work closely with the systems team on battery safety features for product as well as production
  • Work with the test group on cell/pack testing by writing clear and concise test specifications/procedures, assist with setting up the tests as needed, and evaluate/report test results
Required Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent technical Degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Eight or more years’ experience in product development environment, and five or more of those years on battery systems
  • Experience with Li-Ion battery chemistries, cell design, cell performance characterizations, pack and Battery Management System (BMS) integration, pack durability, and pack weatherproofing
  • Automotive, EV, HEV, experience a strong plus
Skills and Attributes:
  • Proven working experience in battery supplier and cell selection
  • Proven working experience in battery pack design and development, including BMS integration
  • Proven working experience in battery testing at the cell level and of full battery pack systems for performance, durability, and weather proofing
  • Experience in writing clear, concise and comprehensive test plans, test cases, and test reports
  • Experience and knowledge of all tools used to verify battery cells and pack assemblies
  • Experience working with outside suppliers
  • Knowledge of cell and pack safety precautions in product use as well as production environment
  • Transparent time management and task prioritization habits
  • Exhibit exceptional troubleshooting and problem solving skills
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time to perform duties, and to walk around and make inquiries from other staff, management as needed.
  • Must be able to bend or stoop down to access files, including lifting of items or objects up to 50 lbs.
Other Requirements:
  • Licensed motorcycle rider a plus
  • Must be available to travel
  • Occasional domestic or international travel may be required, less than 10%

To apply send in your resume and qualifications to: hr@zeromotorcycles.com. Please no phone calls or drop-ins.

Electrical Engineer – Vehicle Systems Integration

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Summary of Position:

Zero Motorcycles is interested in placing an engineer in the Electrical Engineering group responsible for integrating major electrical system componentry. A key task of this position is to design wiring harnesses meeting the rigors of off-highway vehicle use cases under the pressures of commercial pricing structures and component utilization. This position is full time and will be working at our Scotts Valley, California headquarters and report to the Director of Electrical Engineering.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with team of designers to design wiring harnesses that physically connect both in-house developed and off-the-shelf devices, while meeting cost, quality and timing targets
  • Create and maintain electrical system architecture schematics
  • Engage in relationships across Zero Motorcycles to successfully track and assist in product development deliverables with current suppliers and open doors of new suppliers offering step-function value growth to the company
  • Support the successful integration of vehicle systems through the development of robust specification and technical solutions
  • Perform detailed design peer reviews including assist in program content shaping as vehicle developments change scope in the product development lifecycle
  • Create Documentation of Value including wiring harness build-to-print designs, Test Procedures, Intended Installation Instructions, Development reports, Summaries of Tradeshow Attendance, Knowledge-base articles and distilled Industry Standard guidelines
Required Education/Experience:
  • Combination of:
    • Bachelor’s in related Engineering field, i.e. Electrical, Aerospace, Mechatronics, or equivalent work experience and training/professional development
    • 5-8 yrs Transportation Industry experience including product development, release to production, and sustaining engineering support activities
  • Electric Power conversion techniques
  • EV/HEV architecture knowledge and bias due to critical thinking and experimentation.
Skills and Attributes:
  • Hands-on wiring harness assembly knowledge and technique including in-line termination styles, branch layup, connector component terminology, fixing elements, materials selection, SI methods, conductor and fuse sizing, and life expectancy protection
  • Strong working knowledge of software-based wiring harness design tools and corresponding output design specification package contents
  • 3D MCAD navigation, SolidWorks preferred
  • 3-5 years of program and product data lifecycle tool usage and track record of engagement in improvement activities
  • Transparent time management and task prioritization habits
  • Exhibit exceptional troubleshooting and problem solving skills
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time to perform duties, and to walk around and make inquiries from other staff, management as needed.
  • Must be able to bend or stoop down to access files, including lifting of items or objects up to 30 lbs.
Other Requirements:
  • Licensed motorcycle rider a plus
  • Occasional domestic or international travel may be required, less than 10%

To apply send in your resume and qualifications to: hr@zeromotorcycles.com. Please no phone calls or drop-ins.

Sr. Test Engineer

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Summary of Position:

Zero Motorcycles is currently looking for a Sr. Test Engineer. This individual will be the foundation of a test engineering team with a large range of test skills.

This individual will augment our very strong prototype and test team. The individual will work with many different people and departments to define test needs and deliverables including, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, powertrain engineering, as well as outside test services. We are looking for someone that is well rounded, has a good understanding of every aspect of vehicle test development, and has experience with product test from design verification/validation, to component shock and vibe, thermal stress, HALT, component fatigue, full vehicle NVH, strain gage schemes, etc..

The person we are looking for is confident in their ability to lead the way in instituting a well-documented test process. This position is full time and will be working at our Scotts Valley, California headquarters and report to the Director of Prototype & Test.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Writes, edits, and publishes test procedures and plans, including necessary records and desired output documents.
  • Works with other departments to help identify areas that can be made more robust by intelligent use of discovery through test.
  • Work with outside test services to communicate defined test projects, track progress, insure testing is completed satisfactorily, and make decisions to keep test projects on track.
  • Assist with the planning and building of our test infrastructure for expanding our in house test capabilities.
  • Support ongoing test projects with oversight and assistance.
  • Participate in efforts to share test technology and expertise within the company; mentor junior and aspiring test engineers.
  • Perform tasks efficiently and work together with a team to ensure project success.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Must work well with a strong, tight knit team.
Required Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent technical Degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten or more years’ experience in vehicle test environment.
  • Automotive, EV, HEV, motorcycle, test experience a strong plus.
Skills and Attributes:
  • Proven working experience in test development.
  • Expert knowledge of vehicle test.
  • Knowledge and experience with data acquisition and sensor specification and deployment.
  • Knowledge of HBM eDAQ lite and InField or equivalent tools.
  • Experience and knowledge of strain gage application and post processing.
  • Ability to create a fully instrumented vehicle for the collection of Road Load Data.
  • Experience with data analysis and reporting.
  • Transparent time management and task prioritization habits.
  • Exhibit exceptional troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time to perform duties, and to walk around and make inquiries from other staff, management as needed.
  • Field testing often requires adverse conditions such as rain, snow, high and low temperatures.
  • Must be able to bend or stoop down to access files, including lifting of items or objects up to 30 lbs.
Other Requirements:
  • Licensed motorcycle rider a plus.
  • Occasional domestic or international travel may be required, less than 30%.

To apply send in your resume and qualifications to: hr@zeromotorcycles.com. Please no phone calls or drop-ins.

Positions Available in Europe

Customer Service, Electrical Engineer
Alkmaar, Netherlands

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Summary of Position:

Zero Motorcycles is currently looking for a Customer Service - Electrical Engineer. The Customer Service - Electrical Engineer will support partners (including dealers and distributors) by responding to inquiries and technical requests about the electrical aspects of Zero Motorcycle’s products. You will provide second-tier troubleshooting guidance for electrical field issues experienced by owner’s motorcycles and work with our partners to ensure each issue is resolved in a timely and high quality manner. This guidance primarily will consist of reviewing log files and suggesting symptom diagnostic approaches. When necessary, you will escalate issues to the product development or manufacturing operations teams to expedite their resolution.

On a weekly basis, you will analyze electrical technical issues to identify trends and recommend improvements in tools, training or documentation to eliminate or acceleration the resolution of future problems. This analysis will also be used to deliver a weekly top ten electrical issues list to be reviewed with the product development team. This position will be working at our Alkmaar, Netherlands location and will report to the Director of Customer Experience and Aftersales.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide rapid and accurate responses to partners’ questions by telephone and email.
  • Conduct remote technical support and troubleshooting sessions via LogMeIn.
  • Record details of interactions with partners in our Salesforce CRM system.
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal departments including development and manufacturing operations to ensure escalated issues are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Help improve diagnostic tools by providing detailed feedback to our technical training and development teams.
  • Where necessary, draft service bulletins, service instructions or system diagnostics for review and release by our technical training team.
  • Participate in on-going product training to improve overall technical skill.
Required Education/Experience:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience using standard electronic test instruments (understanding of motorcycles, automobiles or electric vehicles a plus)
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency with a computer including connecting external devices (USB, RS232, programming devices), using terminal programs, retrieving and storing files in remote locations and configuring systems with new software
  • Proficiency with basic computer applications including Word and Excel (experience with Salesforce.com a plus)
Skills and Attributes:
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills - verbal and written
  • Must be customer-focused and service-oriented
  • Highly analytical approach to problem analysis and problem-solving with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to multi-task on several projects and collaborate with groups and partners of various technical skill levels
  • Able to prioritize projects and escalate issues to the appropriate parties as necessary
Other Requirements:
  • Licensed motorcycle rider
  • On occasion, domestic or international travel may be required
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time to perform duties, and to walk around and make inquiries from other staff, management as needed.
  • Must be able to bend or stoop down to access files, including lifting of items or objects up to 50 lbs.

To apply send in your resume and qualifications to: hr@zeromotorcycles.com. Please no phone calls or drop-ins.

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