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Nexteer Automotive

Senior Controls Engineer- Steer by Wire (2023)

Architecture and Engineering


Full Time

On Site


Saginaw, Michigan, United States

The Nexteer Automotive Steer-by-Wire engineering team continues to grow and evolve as we are working with multiple customers in support of their development of design requirements. At the same time the team is developing and refining our own production-intent designs and performance. Steer-by-wire technology is an exciting development in the automotive industry, gathering considerable interest from many areas. It provides significant benefits for both traditional and autonomously-driven vehicles, being a key enabler for the Nexteer Quiet Wheel technology and seamless transitions between autonomous and human drivers.

The Controls Engineer Team is responsible for development for the Steer-By-Wire system using physics, control principle and algorithms which includes design, implementation, and verification. We are looking for a technically skilled and controls focused individual who is well versed in mechatronic modeling and controls to lead the Control Engineering Team. The successful candidate will have experience with Matlab, Simulink, embedded systems, embedded controls, passion of controls and its impact to steering feel and have the patience to teach. In this position, the candidate will develop team members technically. The candidate will develop with the controls team to generate dynamic system models of electric power steering systems, calibrate performance of existing functions, and generate and troubleshoot the system to enhance performance. This position interacts with both internal and external customers to ensure deadlines and desired characteristics are met.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the design, analysis and verification of the controls of electronic power steering systems using dynamic system modeling and simulation and team leadership
  • Provides technical leadership for projects incorporating complex electromechanical (“Mechatronic”) systems
  • Design multiple sub-system performance goals through full system modeling and allocates those goals to various team members
  • Effectively integrates all aspects of system design using multi-disciplinary engineering
  • Tunes vehicle steering characteristics, diagnoses and corrects deficiencies in designs and prototypes and develop calibrations methods
  • Demonstrates rapid prototyping tools for system development
  • Stays abreast of new technology

Job Requirements:

  • Strong programming and simulation skills (with Matlab/Simulink) and experience performing engineering calculations is required
  • General competency and experience in vehicle dynamics, mechanical systems, electronic systems, or software
  • Experience with automatic embedded code generation tools such as the Mathworks toolsets (Real Time Workshop, Autocode Generation, Embedded Coder)
  • Background in automotive engineering or chassis systems (steering, braking, suspension) is desirable
  • Software programming experience using C, C#, and Visual Basic is desirable
  • Excellent problem-solving techniques, organization and documentation abilities
  • Knowledge of system synthesis, analysis and verification techniques
  • Strong dynamics base controls modelling approach
  • Valid Driver’s License

Required Experience: Master’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in controls and 6+ Years of Experience

Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/Minorities/Veterans/Women

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