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FCA keeping up hybrid push

by David Zatz on

FCA is not going to stop its push to engineer future-tech cars any time soon, if its job listings are any indication.

On October 8, we spotted a listing for a high-voltage development and system integration engineer and a “driver assistance functional integrator;” a couple of days later, we found an ad for a “PHEV/BEV HVAC System Development Lead.” The latter would help develop heating and air conditioning systems for cars whose gasoline engines aren’t usually running (or, Battery-Electric Vehicle —cars without any gasoline engine at all).

There have also been jobs posted for a PHEV fuel economy calibration engineer, which is an interesting job. If you were wondering what a PHEV fuel economy calibration engineer does, apparently they optimize control systems from development into production, document, justify, and coordinate calibration changes; proposing calibration changes; and review software changes.  They job itself is in “either” the Chelsea Proving Grounds or the Auburn Hills technology center.  The company is looking for someone with experience, but doesn’t provide details beyond that.

There are openings for an advanced powertrain controls engineer and two openings for PTEE propulsion system requirements modeling engineers.  The powertrain controls guy will need to deal with gas exchange processes, thermal management, auxiliary load management, and machine learning, among other things, so there’s a lot going on there.

The PTEE guys are working with various teams to model systems using Rhapsody, using data from CanAlyzer; they need to understand gasoline, diesel, and electrified powertrains, which gives some hints about where FCA is going (will they follow Cummins into diesel-hybrids?).

What about the drivers, you may ask? That’s where the posting for an “Innovation Manager for E/E Customer Experience/Interfaces” comes in — figuring out the user interface for these high-tech future powertrains.

Another day brought two more jobs — senior calibration engineer for PHEV, and electric motor control engineer. Is FCA planning to engineer and build its own motors someday? It’s hard to say today. A recent Tesla teardown revealed a poorly designed, labor-intensive body with a highly efficient, inexpensive motor, which suggests that electric motors could someday be as large a differentiator as gasoline engines are today.

There are new jobs coming in every day — as I was writing this, FCA posted a requests for:

  • Senior professional manager of propulsion battery hardware and integration
  • High voltage development and system validation engineer; and
  • Senior electrified propulsion component design engineer.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a posting for a new editor of job titles.

It seems FCA is putting its money where its mouth is, with regard to electric and hybrid cars (mostly the latter). Speaking of money, none of these postings talk about salary ranges — which would be an interesting thing to know. They are looking for people with at least five years of experience, rather than recent graduates, though.

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