Purpose of the Role:
Reporting to the EDT CAE Manager, this role will support the design and system engineers to define the electric drive hardware and controls software required to deliver the electric drive performance, efficiency, and drivability targets. The CAE Engineer will develop the simulation methodology, models and test methods used in the team to ensure that the electric drive component targets are consistently delivered in an integrated manner with minimum risk to the business.
Supporting the definition of the hardware and software specifications for the Electric Drive, so that the Electric Drive Performance, Efficiency, and Drivability attributes are met
Working with EDT Development, Controls, and vehicle attribute teams to develop simulation models and communication methods that result in an integrated approach to powertrain and vehicle attribute delivery
Develop EDT CAE core competencies including tool sets, software, and best practice techniques
Develop additional EDT CAE capabilities as required to bring value-added analysis ‘in-house’ where possible
Perform 3D mechanical / structural analysis and model validation using a range of methods and techniques for Battery (ESS) and other EDT components such as eAxles, eMotors, Inverters, Chargers, Converters, etc.
Using simulation models to perform robust engineering investigations and use output to influence engineering designs and/or business decisions
Data processing and reporting
Development and maintenance of data / model management and version control systems
Supporting project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP and gateway deliverables.
Develop test methodologies to improve data validation capabilities at McLaren
Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
Knowledge, skills and experience
Experience in mechanical / structural analysis for electric drive components, using 3D tools, such as Abaqus, HyperMesh, OptiStruct, Ansys, Nastran or equivalent
Experience in Crash, Shock, Vibration and Fatigue analysis for electric drive components such as ESS, eAxles, eMotors and Power Electronics components.
Good understanding of integration of electric drive components into vehicle systems
Ability to utilize electrical analysis tools to understand suitability of electric drive systems, and draw out fundamental causes and effects
Experience of a simulation, analysis & development environment – model architecture definition, tool-chain setup, model, and boundary condition set up, data processing and reporting
Understanding of fluids and thermal modelling for electric drive components using 1D and/or 3D tools, such as Matlab / Simulink, Star-CCM+, COMSOL or equivalent
Knowledge of state of the art electric drive simulation and analysis tools, techniques, processes, and test methodologies
Knowledge of electric drive component testing, test set up, instrumentation, logging, fault analysis, data processing and reporting
Knowledge of high performance hybrid / electric powertrains
A good level of technical knowledge of vehicle simulation and test methodologies
Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to development and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail
Experience of the following software (or equivalent) is desirable:
Abaqus, HyperMesh, OptiStruct, Ansys, Nastran
Matlab / Simulink
Git / Sourcetree
PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
Qualifications and Training
Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above
A passion for high performance electric drive engineering
Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills
Well organised and independent – able to work constructively with minimal supervision
A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence
An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone
Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to solving engineering problems with good attention to detail
A willingness to engage in debate and discussion, and to listen and see others’ points of view
Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
Excellent communicator and ability to lead a small, focused team
Ambitious and self-reliant - intrinsically self-motivated
Delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
Capable of representing a world class automotive brand
Able to remain focused under pressure
All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.
This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder nor cover duties of a similar nature commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.