Power Inverter Design and Development Engineer

Location: Dearborn, Michigan US


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Job Number: 10469

External Description: At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow's transportation!
The Electrified System Engineering Power Inverter Design Engineer will be responsible for the specification, design, development, and validation of residential / commercial infrastructure installed inverters that will function with Ford's Bi-directional Power Transfer (BPT) and Home Energy Management System (HEMS). BPT and HEMS allow intelligent management of energy use, optimization of EV car charging, provide backup power, and reduce peak energy demands. This position entails working collaboratively with Ford internal and external teams including Software/Controls, D&R, Validation, and Power Electronics suppliers to design / develop an inverter that meets corporate requirements, specifications, and customer needs. This would include electrical circuit design, selecting the appropriate power semiconductor technology, leading device packaging and thermal management, and designing EMC filters. The selected candidate will be part of a team that will drive future product development and be developing industry first features and components in the growing field of vehicle electrification & Home Energy Management Systems!

  • Responsible for the specification, design, development, and validation of residential / commercial infrastructure installed inverters
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert of infrastructure installed power inverters and provide technical mentorship to D&R, test, and systems engineers on the team
  • Develop and ensure robust interface with EVSE, auto disconnect switch and home electrical infrastructure
  • Participate in design reviews and worst-case circuit analysis
  • Develop and work with supplier and Ford approved test lab to implement EMC test plan
  • Develop a solution that meets regional standards and code compliance including UL, CSA, and CE standards from IEEE, NFPA, and others.
  • Ensure design meets functional safety standards
  • Provide day to day support to resolve user concerns, investigate and solve system faults and errors, resolve downtime issues and support ongoing system maintenance activities such as firmware updates and security patches. Log, escalate and close out issues identified.
  • Stay connected with focus groups and forums to stay at the forefront of technology advancements in order to keep the team abreast of the latest technological solutions
  • Lead quality foundation documents (DFMEA, DVPR, Boundary Diagram, etc.)
The minimum requirements we seek:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Controls Engineering, or other related degree or a combination of education and equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of working experience in inverter / power electronics design and development. Devices such as DC/AC Inverters, DCDC Converters, HV Battery Chargers. (coursework and internship experience allowed).
Our preferred requirements:
  • Master of Science or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or Controls Engineering, other related degree
  • Excellent debugging skills, the ability to articulate defects with detail, and excellent verbal/written communication skills while working with local/remote teams
  • Knowledge in the application of various high power switching technologies / semiconductor materials (Si, SiC and GaN)
  • Experience with development tools and methods for the design of inverter technologies preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of the thermal challenges of high-power inverter design
  • Awareness of applicable building, electrical, interconnection codes, electrical grid / energy distribution, industry best practices, new products, and applications a plus
  • Strong communicator, able to effectively present to both technical and executive audiences
  • Team player comfortable working in a diverse group in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Self-starting with solid follow-through and multitasking abilities; able to work remotely.
  • Strong communication skills are preferred
Join our team as we create tomorrow! We believe in putting people first, working together, and facing challenges head-on, because we are Built Ford Tough. We are one team striving to make people's lives better while creating value, delivering excellence and ultimately going for the win.
What you will receive in return: As part of the Ford family, you will enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You will also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.
Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.
Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.
For information on Ford's benefits and compensation, click here: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021-benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-2.pdf
At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been proven to play a critical role in combatting COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.

Job Number: 62563BR

Community / Marketing Title: Power Inverter Design and Development Engineer

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