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Test Development Engineer

Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
Job ID: R0007562
Date Posted: Oct 7, 2022
Segment: Smart Life
Business Unit: Hitachi Automotive
Company Name: Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Job Summary:

Seeking a talented and self-motivated automotive Test Development Engineer for the EMC and electronics labs in Farmington Hills, MI.  The ideal candidate will have experience in creating and executing validation test processes for functional and reliability evaluation of complex electronic control systems. These systems include low voltage automotive control units and high voltage traction inverters.  The ideal candidate will be working in a culture that fosters creativity and problem solving. This position will play a key role in a development team that creates advanced automotive electronic control units for the future.


  • Understand customer requirements and specifications and work with team to establish and execute detailed test plans.
  • Design, setup and realize the test systems, including, but not limited to, designing and acquiring appropriate hardware (e.g. fixtures, sensors, actuators), interfacing electrical or computer systems (e.g. data acquisition systems), and writing interface software (e.g. software driver, GUI).
  • Execute test plans, collect test data, perform data analysis, and report and present the results.
  • Evaluate, identify, and execute improvements to existing validation test plans and test rigs.
  • Develop and maintain high level of communications with cross-functional team and partners, including internal and external teams.
  • Assist root cause analysis and corrective action for hardware and software components and products.
  • Attend functional training to learn new tools and methodologies and keep up to date on market and technical trends.
  • Create and strive towards a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional and technical knowledge.
  • Promote and seek excellence in all aspects of the business.
  • Comply with the designated ISO / TS 16949 responsibilities, Health & Safety (H&S) rules and practices.
  • Perform any other assignments from time-to-time as management so directs.
  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust, and respect.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Creative and self-motivated with the ability to understand and divide a vision into prioritized tasks.
  • Strong experience in validation design and development tasks.
  • Ability to resolve complex issues in creative, efficient, and effective ways.
  • Provide the customer and company-wide perspective to detailed technical decisions.
  • Ability to work on challenging assignments with aggressive schedules.
  • Experience in hardware and software system integration, such as integration of new sensors, actuators into a new or existing test system.
  • Experience in data collection and statistical data analysis.
  • Experience in requirements gathering and writing specifications as they relate to test functionality.

Special Knowledge / Skills:

  • English: Fluent in written and verbal communication.
  • Communication protocols (CAN, RS-232, TCP/IP, USB, SENT)
  • Use of Vector CAN toolchain is highly desirable.
  • Ability to read and make electrical schematics, and engineering drawings.
  • Perform schematic capture and PCB layout using Altium Designer or equivalent tool chain.
  • Perform circuit analysis and simulation using LTSpice or similar SPICE based tools.
  • Programming and data acquisition experience using National Instruments Labview ecosystem.
  • Proficient in Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Additionally, the ability to work independently with minimal direction is required as are strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience with PCs and application software, such as MS Office tools is also required.

Education: BS/MS in electrical or computer science or equivalent engineering discipline with appropriate coursework focus.

Experience: Minimum 1 years of hands-on experience in industrial test and validation environment

Job level determined by various factors such as organization size, responsibility, career stage, and capabilities.

Working conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Required to sit or stand for periods of time in an industrial lab environment.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds to 30 pounds.

  • Travel: Domestic and international may be required as needed up to 10% annually. The candidate will occasionally need to travel to multiple global locations to support project development.

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.

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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