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Jacobs Engine and Fuel Systems Lab Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan

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Your Impact:

Jacobs is the world’s top supplier of automotive test facilities, providing a full range of services to commercial automotive industry customers . Customers include not only the world’s major vehicle providers and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but also clients from the international motor sports community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Vehicle Evaluation and Verification (VEV) team in Product Development is responsible for the signoff of vehicle systems and subsystems to meet engineering requirements by performing development and durability testing at multiple testing laboratory sites.

The Engine and Fuel System Labs Facility Engineering activity, which is part of VEV powertrain is looking for a detail oriented, self-starter to join our team. The prospective engineer will be responsible for the successful design and delivery of system engineering projects in support of automotive engine and powertrain development and validation testing at the Dynamometer Laboratory building, Powertrain Fuel Systems Laboratory and Research and Innovations Center Dyno/Components areas.

You will:

  • Drive all sites to max level of automation with goal of 100% error detection and 0 false positives, including the research and integration/proliferation of new technology to all applicable labs

  • Support of all PVTL sites with a focus on Sophisticated software development in PUMA, ADACS, AutoTEST, Product Test Data Management (PTDM), Combustion Analysis (CAS), Dynocal and LabVIEW/MDACS

  • Lead in creation and implementation of regional/global common test system architecture, including computers, I/O systems (fixed and CAN) and software solutions

  • Work close with lab personnel on systems integration with major infrastructure (e.g. power, water, drives, etc.)

  • Identify/Build new hardware technologies that enable safe operation of unattended test systems

  • Support upgrade or decommission of all obsolete test site control systems

  • Build feeds from test systems to broadcast real-time information to management and data systems and generate event notification (e.g. text, email, etc.)

  • Support Next Generation Data Management System (PTDM) and Post-Processing Systems development with cross-lab implementation

  • Work collaboratively with Corporate IT to ensure appropriate levels of independence, integration and control are established on all systems

  • Work with Engine Laboratories Department (ELD) Test & Facilities Engineering Team to support upcoming and ongoing tests

  • Complete initial test setups for AutoTEST test rooms

  • Perform troubleshooting for AutoTEST, PTDM, ADACS, PUMA, CAS/X-Ion, ATI/ETAS and ADACS spread sheets

  • Resolve hardware and software problems

  • Assist with data migration and processing

  • Work with multiple customer groups to establish automation development priorities, focusing on providing the most favorable cost to benefit ratio for the procedures to be developed

This position is full-time. Engineers are employees of Jacobs. This is NOT a contract position. You will be eligible for our generous benefit package, including health insurance, dental, vision, generous PTO, paid holidays, 401K, stock purchase plan, and tuition reimbursement.


Here’s What You’ll Need:



  • 1+ years of experience in Powertrain calibration/development and testing

  • Working knowledge of internal combustion engine

  • Working knowledge of internal fluid flow mechanics

  • Fundamental programming skills (Matlab, LabView, ADACS, PUMA, AutoTEST, other) desired

  • Data analysis experience

  • Basic electronics troubleshooting experience

  • BS degree from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of three (3) years related engineering experience,


Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position

  • Lifting: Able to lift 50 lbs, engine parts such as intakes, exhaust parts, heads, drive shafts, and other related engine parts and accessories, 35%

  • Climbing: NA

  • Crawling: NA

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): Safety glasses, slip resistant hardened toe shoes, gloves, long pants, short sleeve shirts, 100%

  • Unusual physical requirements: Sitting (50%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), Stooping (25%). Job requires manual labor

  • High noise level: Engine high noise level while running in the test cell, the employees are not exposed to engine speeds over idle while in the cell

  • Other: NA

Description of Work Environment

  • Inside? Outside? Combination? Where?: Inside 100%

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved: Hot temperatures generated by engines. Cold start tests, the engine can be soaked to -20F, 50%

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: Rotating equipment, engines, hot exhaust, trip hazards, 100%

  • Travel/transportation requirements: NA

  • Other: NA

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: Computers, analyzers, 70%

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: NA

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, wrenches, ratchets, sockets, and other related repair tools, 30%

  • Other: NA

Criticality of Attendance

  • Overtime, regular days, off days: 8 hours per day Monday-Friday. May need to flex time to cover other shifts as needed, 100%

  • Shift, 1st, 2nd, 3rd: Day shift 7am-3:30pm

  • Necessity for regular attendance: Critical

  • Urgency for punctuality: Critical

  • Work hours are normally 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary. Must have flexibility of work days to cover weekend testing requirements.

Other Essential Functions

Must complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, health performance evaluation, and background check.

Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to self or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Dependable personal transportation to work site is required.

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