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Application Engineer - PHEV Transmissions

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 06/02/2017
  • Duration: ongoing
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The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

The Role:
Provide expert theoretical and practical capability in Powertrain Hybrid Transmission application. Implement optimum gear shift strategy in line with Brand and Product Line requirements. Coordinate supplier application of gear shift quality in line with Brand and Product Line requirements. Awareness and understanding of latest developments in the relevant vehicle systems.


Developing and maintaining technical knowledge/capability.

  • Self education through evaluating competitor vehicles, reading technical literature and maintaining a network of contacts within the industry
  • Developing and maintaining sufficient understanding of the electro-mechanical systems/components.

Accountable for defining and planning own work for approval by Functional Manager.

  • Develop potential feature definition in line with project specified functionality, legal, cost, weight and timing requirements.
  • Propose appropriate functional specifications for inclusion in target book
  • Develop activity timing plan for assigned features, identifying all relevant activities and their customers/suppliers (internal and external) and obtaining their agreement/buy-in.
  • Identify detailed development content for assigned features and negotiate release dates.

Accountable for design and verification of hybrid transmission application which, when introduced into production, are safe, legal and otherwise fit for purpose.

  • Identify and analyse alternative design solutions to satisfy functional, technical, legal and styling specifications, in line with engineering strategies, initially from existing supplier capability, but if necessary through initiating/conducting original feature development with the supplier.
  • Hybrid transmission application release for prototype and production vehicles to integrate with whole vehicle system requirements to satisfy agreed targets.

Accountable for planning and management of validation and certification activities for systems/components to demonstrate successful achievement of 3 above.

  • In conjunction with Functional Manager, Validation Manager and Certification Manager agree system validation and certification requirements to satisfy Bentley/VW Group standards and international safety legislation.
  • Manage/execute the tests identified above, resolve any engineering problems and produce and issue the required documentation for approval.
  • Complete the formal sign-off of the system with supplier/contract house through internal processes in agreement with Functional Manager.

Accountable for timely application release for prototypes and production and for timely delivery of all product engineering activities to ensure timely vehicle launch to quality and cost.

  • Accountable overall for application releases to partner functions in line with timing requirements.
  • Manage, monitor and, if necessary, expedite supplier and/or external design house activities concerned in the design, testing, release and delivery of the prototype applications (which may also be necessary to support initial production).
  • Accountable for timely delivery of all product engineering activities to meet start of production and for reporting progress, together with own recovery actions where necessary, to Functional Manager and at formal Project Reviews.


  • Responsible for development (planning and delivery) of transmission gear shift strategy.
  • Responsible for managing (planning and monitoring) Supplier delivery gear shift quality.
  • Responsible for formal application data management.
  • Responsible for gaining application approval with Engineering in conjunction with Functional Manager.
  • Responsible for transmission application related issue resolution management.
  • Approves production concessions and permits in agreement with Functional Manager.
  • Agrees vehicle test processes with Manufacturing and Certification Engineering.
  • Collaborates closely with other engineers, particularly those who are dependent upon their applications to operate their components/systems.
  • Liaises with all levels in the business up to Director, and with suppliers/contract houses at all levels.


  • Mechanical engineering background.
  • Automatic transmission application, especially in hybrid powertrain development.
  • Application and/or development of powertrain hybrid electric vehicle technology .
  • Understanding of the use of simulation tools to determine hybrid powertrain hardware, performance and application parameters (e.g. Simulink, AVL Cruise)

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