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xEV Lead Engineer

Location: Harrodsburg, Kentucky, United States
Job ID: R0031012
Date Posted: Sep 14, 2023
Segment: Astemo
Business Unit: Hitachi Astemo
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Job Summary

In this role, under the supervision of the Engineering Manager, you'll support technology development for Mechanical electronic controllers at Hitachi Astemo America. You'll be responsible for understanding customer system requirements and then working with a global engineering team to design/develop an inverter/power control unit to meet customer needs. 

This role work plan is hybrid structure (2-3 days on-site depending on public health situation)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and/or support technology development activities for new xEV Inverter business in Hitachi Astemo Americas
  • Plans and manage activities for multiple projects to ensure goals or objectives are accomplished within a prescribed timeframe.
  • Receive, evaluate, and utilize customer engineering requirements and work with global team to provide optimum inverter design for each application.
  • Facilitate accurate & timely inverter program technical communication between OEM customers to the US / Japan design teams, Hitachi manufacturing sites, and suppliers.
  • Participate with Hitachi US & Japan Design Engineering organizations in the original design / existing design improvements / performance validation / production launch activities of xEV inverters for various automotive powertrain products applications.
  • Create and/or oversee other technical specifications as needed for product design.
  • Provide as needed on-site support to the internal and external inverter manufacturing sites for various engineering duties during sample and mass production timing.
  • Support various types of product pricing, quoting, and cost investigation activities.
  • Prepare various types of technical data / information documents using industry standard PC based software programs (i.e.: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, CAD, CAE, etc.)
  • Research and develop state-of-the-art engineering design solutions and manufacturing technologies used in automotive inverters.
  • Support product validation testing, prototype build and test, and other engineering deliverables in the development phase of product life cycle.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess experience with 3-D CAD creation and 2-D drawing creation.
  • Possess experience with Mechanical CAE (thermal, structural, etc)
  • Understanding of electrified vehicle system and integration.
  • Experience interfacing with customers and/or suppliers to explain technical documents/drawings/information.
  • High level technical problem-solving skills.
  • High level interpersonal skills to collaborate internally and externally.
  • Experience managing projects from concept through execution.

The ideal candidate is preferred to have the following qualifications:

  • Possess a MSME.
  • 10 yrs. of practical experience and demonstrated accomplishments developing automotive inverters.
  • Highly Proficient with CATIA 3-D CAD creation and 2-D drawing creation.
  • Mechanical design CAE experience for automotive inverters (thermal, structural, etc)
  • Experience with quotation activities (BOM estimation, etc) for new products.
  • Experience with tolerance stack-ups, GD&T, DFMEA, DRBFM, and DFSS.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from concept through execution.
  • Fluent in both the English and Japanese languages.

Education: Possess Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering

Experience: Minimum 7 years practical work experience designing automotive powertrain components (drive Inverters preferred).

Working conditions:

Physical Demands: Required to sit or stand for long periods of time. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Carrying equipment up and down stairs.  Occasional overtime will be required.

Travel: Some domestic and international travel may be required up to 20%. Must have a valid driver’s license. 

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

If you need a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job at Hitachi, please send the nature of request and contact information to [email protected]. Queries other than accommodation requests will not be responded to.

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