General information

Job Title
Hybrid Testing Engineer
Ref #
Friday, May 13, 2022
Business area
Product Development
Vehicle Development
Position level
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm 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

To plan and execute tests  on McLaren Automotive hybrid projects

Supporting hybrid systems development from concept to series-development for all components within Hybrid or Electric Drive Systems. Ensuring they fulfil all the programme requirements for performance / function / attributes through test and validation procedures.

It is expected that the engineer will be able to support both hardware and software calibration aspects of the Hybrid System.

Principal Accountabilities
  • To be responsible for preparing, monitoring, analysing and reporting of development activities related to the hybrid system
  • To work closely with the Development and Prototype build teams to ensure Mechanical and Electrical integration of electric drive components in rigs and vehicles
  • Developing and resolving issues on hybrid systems delivered to production programs in vehicle applications and/or on development rigs
  • Supporting Durability testing requirements at vehicles and rigs
  • Be the first point of contact for all hybrid development activities
  • To represent the Vehicle Development group at technical meetings as required
  • To prepare short-term plans and budgets for Development activities
  • Support calibration of hybrid components to meet vehicle/program attribute targets
  • Support the Implementation of HCS embedded systems such as Battery Management Systems (BMS), Motor Control Unit (MCU), Hybrid Supervisory Unit (HSU), Grid Charging Control/Manager, DC/DC, communication protocols, software, control architectures, diagnostics, functional safety, etc.
  • Provide support on HCS technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of hybrid system attributes.
  • Fully aware of HV Safety principles and deliver safety requirements through example
  • To follow the McLaren Development Process (MDP) ensuring that all activity is correctly documented and appropriate standards and processes are followed.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Electrical/Electronic/Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above
  • Can apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems
  • A good level of technical knowledge & experience of HCS design, test & production delivery
  • A good understanding of HV batteries, HV safety, Power Electronics, eMotors, charging standards,  world-wide legislation and regulation on hybrid components and systems.
  • Good understanding of Control Systems, ISO 26262 standards
  • Experience of executing DVPs, FMEA
  • Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems, notably:
o    Communication protocols (Ethernet, CAN, LIN etc.)
o    Diagnostics implementation and validation
o    Software architecture, ideally including use of the VECTOR tool chain.
o    Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.
o    Vehicle powertrain and/or power-electrical simulations, particularly driveline, emissions and performance-analysis simulations (ideally in Matlab / Simulink)
  • Design / implementation high or low voltage electrical distribution systems within the HCS.
  • Familiar with tools from software, to rig and/or in-vehicle testing, calibrating, diagnosing, logging and data analysing.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
Personal Attributes

·       Well-organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail

·       Able to work well alongside a team of prototype technicians, providing leadership and guidance where needed

·       Must demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, initiative and flexibility, and determination to see a task through to completion

·       Must be prepared to adopt a flexible approach to working hours to ensure development activities are carried out as and when required

·       Calm under pressure