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Senior Validation Engineer

bw_wordkay_placeAuburn Hills - Michigan - USA

bw_wordkay_timeJan 07, 2020

bw_wordkay_optionFull time


BorgWarner is a global product leader in powertrain solutions. We focus on developing leading powertrain technologies that improve fuel economy, emissions and performance. Our facilities are located across the globe to provide local support for our diverse customer base. 

We operate in two groups: The Engine Group develops air management strategies and products to optimize engines for fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and enhanced performance. BorgWarner’s expertise includes engine timing systems, boosting systems, ignition systems, air and noise management, cooling and controls. The Drivetrain Group harnesses a legacy of more than 100 years as an industry innovator in transmission and all-wheel drive technology. The group leverages this understanding of powertrain clutching technology to develop interactive control systems and strategies for all types of torque management.

BorgWarner’s PowerDrive Systems business unit is currently looking for dynamic, results driven individual to join as Senior Validation Engineer, in the Test, Validation and Reliability group at our Auburn Hills, MI Powertrain Technical Center.


In this role, and under direct supervision of the Engineering Manager, Test Validation Reliability – eDM the Sr. TVR Engineer will ensure eDM products are properly tested and validated, maximizing testing efforts to statistically correlate failure modes in the real world. The TVR engineer will be responsible for the development, execution, and data analysis of validation plans to test eDM systems. These systems include rotating electric machines, power electronics, control software, and automotive gearboxes. This person will have a deep systems understanding of all product interfaces for eDM components and insight into system FMEAs, including the applicable test procedures required for validating the product. They will define equipment software and hardware requirements and collaborate with the test technology team throughout the development of the equipment, including setting up, troubleshooting, and testing the products to confirm the validation activities meet the application intent. This person will work closely with cross-functional teams and various customers to understand the product and ensure it meets/exceeds customer performance and durability requirements.


  • Review customer test specifications, lead discussions with product team, and create validation cost estimates.
  • Author and receive approval of ADVP&R.
  • Identify required equipment resources to support product testing.
  • Develop software and hardware requirements for new technology required to test future products.
  • Integrate, troubleshoot, and commission eDM systems including control systems, inverters, rotating electric machines, and automotive driveline components to support validation testing.
  • Define test priority and coordinate any required outsourced testing activities.
  • Create test profiles based on product and application requirements.
  • Definite and implement testing standards to meet reliability targets with statistical correlation to failure mode avoidance in the intended product environment.
  • Ensure all validation plan requirements are defined and documented; follow execution of plan to closure.
  • Analyze test data to ensure testing was executed properly, meets acceptance criteria, and learnings are communicated to the product engineering team.
  • Author validation report.
  • Support product engineering on root cause analysis of product failures.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering required, M.S. Engineering preferred 
  • 5 years of engineering experience required
  • Minimum 3 years test/validation experience required, specific experience with Electrified Automotive Systems highly preferred
  • Experience in integrating, troubleshooting, and commissioning inverters, controls, or rotating electric machines required
  • Understanding of vehicle communications software and functions that interface with inverter and electric motor systems: CAN, CAN open, FlexRay, Sevcon EDS files preferred
  • Statistical analysis or strong analytical experience preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English required
  • Ability to routinely work in a hands-on manner required
  • Ability to work flexible hours to support multi-shift operation if necessary
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10%
  • Ability to work under limited supervision
  • Must be highly aware and adhere to high voltage safety standards and procedures

  Preferred Software/ Hardware and General Training

  • MS Office ( Excel/Word/PowerPoint /Project)
  • AVL Lynx/Concerto or similar
  • TeamCenter
  • MatLab
  • Root Cause Analysis and 8D Problem Solving
  • Fundamentals of 4x4/AWD Systems
  • Introduction to Basic GD&T and stacks
  • Technical Writing
  • Gear Basics


  • Action Orientated
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Customer Focus
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Informing
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Listening
  • Perspective
  • Problem Solving
  • Drive for Results

Equal Employer Opportunity Statement

BorgWarner is an equal employment opportunity employer such that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


This position will adhere to Global Star Safety Program, including safety rules, practices and training as outlined in the BorgWarner PTC Safety Policy Manual, which includes the use of equipment, protective devices, or clothing that the employer requires.  This individual will work in manners that stress the importance of preventing accidents and illnesses.  He/she must take every precaution reasonable in the given circumstance for the protection of themselves and coworkers.  In addition, he/she is responsible for reporting all injuries and/or possible dangerous situations, incidents, or occurrences to the immediate supervisor.

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