Karma Automotive

  • Lead Vehicle Integration & Validation Engineer

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    Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. 


    We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience.


    If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk. This Lead Vehicle Integration Engineer will work closely with the Program Team, the CAD Design team, System Integration engineers, and Design Release Engineering teams to determine the Functional Objectives of a new vehicle for the company.  Through specific functional targeting and benchmarking, this engineer will work with these teams to connect the Strategic Targets with specific Functional Objectives and determine program feasibility through design best practices and content definition then follow through with virtual and physical validation for all Functional Objectives. 


    This engineer should have a strong background in functional areas such as Powertrain Mounting Design, Powertrain calibration, NVH, and Chassis design, preferably understand all functional disciplines and design criteria.  Additionally, a strong candidate should be an excellent evaluator of automobiles from every aspect of the product.






    • Create and maintain technical specifications for the vehicle.
    • Lead regular Vehicle Integration reviews with the broader team to develop and achieve all Vehicle targets.
    • Develop and execute testing and validation plan of the Vehicle with documentation via Vehicle Testing Plans and specific DVP&Rs
    • Meet all performance, packaging, cost and timing objectives.
    • Lead, or support as required, any required body and chassis tuning programs
    • Other deliverables as defined by manager.


    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Lead engineering team for development and achievement of functional objectives for a new vehicle
    • Lead virtual and physical validation efforts for both the Design Verification and Process Verification phases of the program
    • Act as technical lead for all functional objectives to connect good design practices and ensure achievement of functional targets
    • Manage vehicle development team proactively, with focused program management mind-set.   Lead project from start to finish.
    • Support development / testing strategy and timing plan to ensure compatibility with overall program; monitor resources as required to minimize risks; support alternate plans as required.
    • Balance all functional objectives and elevate where conflicts arise
    • Ensure system meets certification requirements for FMVSS and ECE.  Support with data & testing as required.
    • Support prototype and production assembly events at domestic or international locations.


    • BS Mechanical Engineering
    • 10 years’ experience in vehicle development (NVH, Impact, Dynamics and/or Body or Chassis design)
    • Prior experience with evaluation of automobiles
    • Experience with virtual simulation tools for the above disciplines
    • Based in Orange County, CA
    • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable.

    Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.  Relocation assistance is available.


    NO 3rd Party Recruiters.  Principles Only, Please


    Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.


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