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Intern Powertrain – Hybrid Control Unit Systems (HCU) in Irvine, CA at Karma Automotive

Date Posted: 5/17/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Irvine, CA
  • Job Type:
    Entry Level
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. 

We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience.

If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk. The Summer Intern, Powertrain - Hybrid Control Unit Systems, will work closely with Powertrain control system engineers in developing specific requirements, documentation, and testing methods to develop world-class electrified vehicles. This position will have multiple responsibilities, one of which may include a project with end-term deliverable (to be determined by hiring manager) such as final report and/or presentation.


The areas of responsibility expected for this role include:

  • Assist in translation of powertrain and vehicle requirements to control system requirements and algorithm to achieve program targets.
  • Efficiently author documentation (software requirements/algorithms) from existing Matlab/Simulink models and ALM tools.
  • Utilize issue tracking tool (JIRA) to log software defects and manage day-to-day issue resolution plans.
  • Wok with other engineering departments to define compatible supporting powertrain-specific requirements.
  • Develop powertrain testing plans and test cases using Polarion for Vehicle-level and Component-level Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) test requirements.
  • Support on-road functional testing for HCU and powertrain feature development, new hardware introduction, and software release validation.
  • Use software tools to track status, develop meeting documentation, and test reports for leadership communication and decisions.
  • Manage schedule updates for program and vehicle development requirements.
  • Analyze vehicle data using vehicle network (CAN) tools.
  • Create reports which address customer feedback, cross-functional engineering support as required.
  • Use engineering principles to develop proposals for process improvements, tool development, and knowledge capture and retention.


  • BS or MS educational track in Mechanical, Electrical or related-discipline Engineering curriculum.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Sense of urgency and strong attention to detail.

  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

  • Experience with Matlab / Simulink

  • Fundamental understanding of automobiles, especially electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.


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