Research & Advanced Engineering Thermal Systems Engineer

Ford Motor Company

$80K — $100K *


More than 4w ago


5 - 7 years of experience

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Research & Advanced Engineering Thermal Systems Engineer

Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team explores new vehicle and societal innovations that require some level of invention before they can be applied to our products and services. We deliver ways to make smarter vehicles and innovate using sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible methods and materials. Since 2000, we have used twelve industry- and world-first plant-based materials in our production vehicles. We also are researching the possible use of tomato skin, bamboo, agave fiber, dandelion roots, algae and coffee chaff as part of our ambitious goal of making our vehicles with up to 20 percent sustainable material by 2025.

In this position...

• You will have the opportunity to lead the development of new thermal management technologies for future Ford and Lincoln Electrified Vehicles

What you'll do...

The Research & Advanced Engineering Thermal Systems Engineer designs, develops, validates, and implements novel, energy efficient, robust, compact, low-cost thermal system components, and architecture designs for future Electrified vehicles (EVs, Fuel Cell, etc.) to deliver improved thermal management and vehicle energy management performance.

Lead technology projects to design, develop, validate, and implement new and advanced thermal management systems and components for future Ford and Lincoln electrified vehicles (EVs, Fuel Cell vehicles, etc.)

  • Apply systems engineering and problem-solving tools and methods (Boundary Diagrams, P-Diagrams, DFMEA, RCL, RDM) for design development, cascading requirements, and project scoping.
  • Interact with and facilitate cross functional teams in the development of requirements and design verification plans for attribute and robustness assessment.
  • Lead and manage workstreams to achieve project deliverables including simulation and testing for technology benefit assessment and demonstration.
  • Analyze simulation and test results to assess system performance and recommend design improvements.
  • Collaborate with other teams at Ford for developing the new technologies.
  • Develop requirements to share with suppliers for design proposals.
  • Interact with suppliers to assess new thermal system and component designs
  • Lead and manage CAD designers for vehicle package assessment
  • Lead and manage systems engineering documentation and communicate engineering assumptions to cross-functional teams.
  • Prepare and present project gateway reviews to management.
  • Propose, lead, and manage research projects with universities to develop new thermal system design concepts and technologies.

You'll have...

• MS in mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, or related field.

• 5+ years of design, development and systems engineering experience in Thermal Systems for Electrified Vehicles

• 1+ years of experience conducting bench or vehicle tests of thermal components and systems in lab and wind tunnels

• 1+ years of experience in the use of test data acquisition systems, data processing and analysis for design, development, and validation of thermal systems

Even better, you may have...

• PhD in mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, or related field

• Experienced in coordinating vehicle instrumentation and troubleshooting

• Strong understanding of thermal system and component designs (coolant and refrigerant subsystems), functions, requirements, its capabilities, current limitations, and future needs

• Strong leadership, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.

• Working knowledge of core systems engineering tools (P-diagrams, FMEA, DVP&R), requirements development and cascade process.

• Previous experience of leading large project teams and cross functional groups

• Good understanding of electrified propulsion system architectures and vehicle attribute trade-offs.

• Good understanding and experience with development of controls and calibration strategies for vehicle thermal and energy management.

• Working knowledge of thermal system simulations, vehicle testing, and validation.

• Working knowledge of ATI Vision, MATLAB, LabView, Thermal simulation tools

• Working knowledge of Teamcenter to view component and system CAD design/package

• Familiarity with Ford R&AE QOS (Discovery, GTDS).

• Ability to summarize and communicate project updates/issues to management

• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools for documentation and presentation

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder…or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

• Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage

• Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

• Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases

• Tuition assistance

• Established and active employee resource groups

• Paid time off for individual and team community service

• A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

• Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.



  • Job Identification
  • 15132
  • Job Category
  • Research and Advance Engineering
  • Posting Date
  • 07/21/2023, 09:53 PM
  • Degree Level
  • Master's Degree or equivalent
  • Job Schedule
  • Full time
  • Locations
  • RESRL 2101 Village Road, Dearborn, MI, 48121, US (Hybrid)
  • Preferred Degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Remote
  • No.
Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. The company was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford and has since become one of the largest and most profitable automakers in the world. Ford produces and sells a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs, under various brands, including Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury. The company also provides financial services through its subsidiary, Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford is committed to sustainability and has implemented several initiatives to reduce its environmental impact.
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