General information

Job Title
Diagnostic Engineer
Ref #
Friday, April 29, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Aftersales Services Operations
Position level
Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Aftersales diagnostic team, responsible for developing and maintaining the diagnostic platform (McLaren Diagnostic System) used in McLaren Retailers.

What to expect:

Working as part of a small team, you will develop and test new diagnostic content before releasing it into the Retailer network.

You will have a high degree of ownership and accountability for your work and will be expected to work on multiple projects in parallel.     

Principal Accountabilities
  • Author content for guided diagnostics using the Grade X IDE
  • Author diagnostic documentation
  • Use Softing Venice and Vector CANdela Studio software tools to author, update and check ODX databases
  • Perform validation of ODX data using a mix of simulation, test rigs, and pre-production vehicles
  • Develop and maintain simulation environments designed to support the validation of new diagnostic content
  • Validate diagnostic software releases against design specifications and report any nonconformities or bugs
  • Work with systems engineers and systems suppliers to develop guided diagnostic functions and guided fault-finding routines
  • Enhance the functionality of the diagnostic system by designing, developing, and validating new runtime features
  • Liaise with our service partner staff, other McLaren Automotive departments, and suppliers, as required
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree, or equivalent. 5+ years’ experience in the automotive diagnostics sector would be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
  • Experience in PC based vehicle diagnostic systems or similar applications
  • Previous experience with vehicle diagnostics, including the reprogramming and calibration of ECUs
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Vision
  • Understanding of Extensible Mark-up Language (XML)
  • Functional knowledge of automotive communication protocols such as CAN, DoIP, and LIN
  • Strong understanding of industry-standard diagnostic documentation/tools (ODX, Cdd, etc.)

  • Basic understanding of software programming languages
  • Conversant with Softing (Monaco & Venice), Vector applications, or similar
  • Experience authoring OTX content using the Grade-X IDE
  • Familiar with project/issue tracking software tools such as Jira and Mantis
Personal Attributes
  • Adaptable, quick thinking, decisive, showing strong initiative and self-determination
  • Open to change
  • Strong planning skills
  • Methodical approach to solving problems
  • Able to work well as part of a small dynamic team 
  • Good interpersonal & communication skills and must be willing to interface with other departments as well as our suppliers
  • Able to maintain focus and deliver against tight deadlines
  • Professional at all times