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Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

Posted 30 Nov 2022
Work experience
3 to 5 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation

Domain: Testing

Experience: At least 3 years

Degree: Bachelor's or Master's degree

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations.

What will you do as Senior Vehicle Test Engineer?

By relentlessly testing our vehicles you make sure that Lightyear creates legal, safe, super-efficient, reliable and strategically fit-for-purpose products for our target customers.

So, what are your tasks & responsibilities you ask? Have a look at the bullets below. This will hopefully give you an idea:

  • Understand and support the vehicle project plan and the vehicle attribute and systems’ tuning, calibration and test deliverables.
  • Plan testing activities both internally and externally, including managing stakeholder requirements
  • Lead preparation and execution of test trips in various locations; managing the team, adapting the test plan when necessary, and delivering results
  • Keep all prototype vehicles running according to timing, maintain their configuration and fix them quickly. You make sure all vehicles are optimally used 24 hours/day.
  • Set up and coordinate objective and subjective testing activities for vehicle level tests: on rolling roads, at proving grounds, in vehicle cells and on public roads
  • As an expert of the Drive Team you will conduct vehicle milestone preparations and drive evaluations in various locations
  • Support updates, fixes and troubleshooting of all test vehicles
  • Help develop vehicle level test cases, ensuring repeatable and reliable results
  • Investigate test failures and create meaningful test reports, concerns and improvement proposals for the engineering teams
  • Support other team members by sharing your knowledge, lead the team in best practices, and help develop other team members skills alongside your own

So what does a typical day look like?

Early in the morning you drive together with some colleagues (e.g. a safety officer, test driver, car mechanic and a system architect) to a third party proving ground with one of the proto vehicles in the trailer. Once arrived at the location you start by briefing the team, to go through the list of testing activities of that day and check for any unclarities within the team.

After you finish the first couple of tests in the morning, a failure in the propulsion control software is found that disables further testing. You make a call to the responsible software engineer in the office to understand what is going on. You examine the car using canalyser and send them the data. After evaluation they tell you to change SW settings using specific control software. After the fix you continue with the other tests.

You have your lunch together with the system architect and safety officer to revisit today's test plan and discuss safe vehicle usage. Next you have a call with an external test facility to arrange the test plan for another upcoming test trip.

Once at home, you write a quick summary of today’s activities and mail that to the people involved from multiple systems. Tomorrow you’ll be working on post processing the data and reporting, as well as writing a concern against the faulty SW functionality you found.

What do we expect from a Senior Vehicle Test Engineer at Lightyear?

In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for people with an ambitious attitude who learn from the past (tried and tested) and who strive to set new standards when needed. You can work within the team or independently and you plan your budget and time well. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore we are looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor or Master in Engineering
  • Min. 5 years of experience in an automotive OEM in a vehicle testing role
  • Vehicle Evaluation Assessment skills, Test Trip planning
  • Basic automotive communication SW skills: canalyzer/canoe, DAQ SW (NI, Vbox, …), diagnostics SW
  • OEM vehicle measurement and vehicle subjective evaluation experience as minimal
  • Able to plan effectively and plan ahead for potential issues where possible
  • Able to take rapid decisions
  • Hands-on knowledge of range testing procedures, as well as of dynamometer testing.
  • A proven track record of technical excellence in vehicle testing and controls.
  • Experience in battery powered electric vehicles and powertrains.
  • Experience in debugging and resolving hardware and software issues.
  • Fluency in English

On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics; You are a hands-on problem solver, a team builder and a connector. You are decisive and have strong organization skills and a must have stamina.

What can you expect from Lightyear?

In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our (online) epic Friday afternoon drinks and events

At Lightyear we are building an electric car that charges itself. From our experience at Solar Team Eindhoven, we know this is only possible starting from scratch. At Lightyear we bring together a multidisciplinary team of highly motivated engineers, designers, and visionaries to challenge the status quo. Write the story with us!

Active in 10 countries
200 employees
70% men - 30% women
Average age is 35 years

What employees are saying

Manuel Ribeiro

Software Engineer

Manuel Ribeiro

"Lightyear is an exceptional team that puts together people from all over the world with the same goal of creating a meaningful positive impact in our society. I felt welcome from the very first day and working with such motivated engineers gives me the energy I need to do my best every day."

Sapfo Tsoutsou

Group Lead - Thermal Engineering

Sapfo Tsoutsou

"Lightyear is een geweldig bedrijf om voor te werken. Het voelt voor mij meer als familie dan een werkgever. Klinkt misschien een beetje heftig, maar het is zo. Je maakt makkelijk vrienden op werk: iedereen is vriendelijk, behulpzaam en zo gemotiveerd om echt een verschil te maken in de wereld.”