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Chief Engineer - Vehicle Systems

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Chief Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Program Management
Pratt & Miller Engineering is a small technically innovative company; designing, engineering, building and testing world-class vehicles, components and software. Serving a global customer base including the Motorsports, Defense, Automotive, and Powersports industries, Pratt & Miller is defining the future of advanced vehicles through developments in mobility, survivability, occupant protection, electronics, and the application of autonomous systems.
In order to maintain competitive advantage in this fast-paced position, the fundamental candidate characteristics are as follows:
·A blend of technical expertise, problem solving and programmatic skills capable of leading a highly skilled team to solve unique and challenging vehicle applications.
·Proficient at adapting to an ever-changing tool chain(s) and able lead the team to use the right tool(s) at the right time to make decisions with data that optimize the end performance of the project.
·Enthusiastic and motivated person that will over-deliver to the customer while guiding and motivating a team in a time compressed environment, coupled with complex and unique engineering challenges.
The steady growth experienced at Pratt & Miller has resulted in a new opportunity for a Chief Engineer focused on vehicle development.
·The Pratt & Miller Chief Engineer role is the highest level of technical leadership for Engineering Services projects.
·The Chief Engineer will be a part of a SOT (Sales, Operational, Technical) team that responsible for all aspects of project execution to ensure that the customer is satisfied, the employees are satisfied, and the projects are profitable.
·This Chief Engineering position will primarily focus on vehicle and systems development projects that include a significant amount of controls systems and their integration into the vehicle.
Responsibilities- Typical Project:
Lead the execution of projects related to Vehicle Dynamics with responsibility for technical approach and oversight, customer satisfaction, quality, timing, employee satisfaction, and profitability utilizing cross-functional resources and best practices
·Coordinate planning, organization, control, integration and completion of projects. Plan and formulate engineering program; review product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, customer contract requirements, and related specifications. Coordinate activities concerned with technical development, scheduling, and resolving engineering design and test problems
·Lead the exploration of the design space, set the technical objectives and requirements, establish the decision-making process using trade studies, resolve any conflicts, and make the technical decisions
·Coordinate personnel through resource forecasting process, coordination with department managers, and recruiting
·Identify risks to customer satisfaction, project deliverables and develop action plans to mitigate
·Lead communication internally and externally to keep project on schedule and team informed
·Support Program Managers to plan project financials, track costs, and ensure project profitability
·Lead the Vehicle Dynamics training and mentoring of engineers as necessary to support projects
·Assist Business Development team in market research and analysis of market needs and competitors
·Assist in the identification of customer leads, support customer meetings, evaluate potential opportunities, and lead proposal efforts
·Execute market strategy and capability expansion by recruiting technical staff, identifying capital resource needs, and managing technical deliverables
·Provide feedback on customer needs and process improvement
In addition to the responsibilities mentioned above, tasks relating to the following area will be assigned as required.
·Interaction with current and potential customers regarding the use of Pratt & Miller core technologies.
·Planning and program management on projects.
·Development of material for education and training purposes, both for external customers and internal employees.
·Fundamental understanding of a systems approach to vehicle development.
·A systems integration approach to vehicle development including knowledge in a variety of automotive and defense sub-systems will be required to effectively Design, Develop, Build, Race and Win.
·Due to the variety of projects underway, a fundamental knowledge of almost all automotive systems and sub-systems will be required.
oSoftware / Controls
§Control System Architecture
§Serial Data Communication
§ISO 26262
oAutonomous Vehicle Systems
oHVAC / Powertrain Cooling
oVehicle Dynamics
§Kinematics, Tire Dynamics, etc
oActuator Sub-System Designs
oModeling / Simulation Techniques
·Fundamental understanding of DOE methods and their application to vehicle and sub-system synthesis.
·This position requires technical writing skills for reports and specifications using MS Word and Excel; good platform skills using PowerPoint for presentations.
·BS or MS in Mechanical, Aerospace or similar engineering education
·15+ years of applicable industry experience
·Some travel may be required depending on the program

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