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Sr. Dynamometer Tecnhician (332562)

Our Detroit Research Center conducts engine-focused research and develops next-generation liquid fuels for current and future global transportation needs. Located in Detroit’s Novi suburb, the center is near the nation’s leading automotive manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers that help shape the future of the transportation industry.

Basic Function:

Responsible for instrumenting, installing, and testing engines, vehicles and fuels in a steady-state and transient dynamometer facility.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Modify and assemble complex prototype engines and vehicles
  • Instrument vehicles and engines using advanced sensors and electronics
  • Perform routine engine and vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair tasks on modern diesel and gasoline engines and engine electronics
  • Work with engineering staff to perform relatively complex laboratory analysis using sophisticated and advanced equipment and instrumentation
  • Perform basic calibration and tuning tasks
  • Observe safety rules, take action on hazards and report these items to Unit supervisor
  • Perform relatively complex laboratory analyses and sampling tasks; use sophisticated equipment and instrumentation where necessary
  • Prepare routine and/or non-routine reports; use computers routinely to assist in data collection
  • Prepare test reports using computers to assist in data manipulation
  • Install and operate production and prototype diesel and gasoline engines and vehicles in a dynamometer facility
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain sophisticated laboratory test equipment
  • Program and execute test plans and engine test cycles using AVL Puma Open running on Windows-based PCs
  • Maintain and manage fuel flow and air flow delivery and measurement devices to ensure high quality data generation
  • Perform general dynamometer equipment maintenance to ensure the test cell is in full compliance with all safety, environmental and health regulations and procedures
  • Fabricate parts using common machine tools, weld metals including aluminum, steel and stainless steel
  • Assure work quantity and quality by strict adherence to methods and procedures
  • Provide on-the-job training to less qualified employees as required by supervisor
  • Appropriately document all research/support activities in accordance with policies
  • May be required to travel to meetings, seminars, and to vendor offices
  • Additional responsibilities include data entry, calibration of lab equipment, ordering and restocking of laboratory supplies, and general laboratory maintenance
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Degree or GED equivalent; two (2) years college or equivalent automotive technology or related science (i.e.,electronics, computers) or competency
  • Nine (9) years industrial research lab experience; familiar with standard laboratory practices
  • Five (5) years of engine and vehicle build experience with a strong knowledge of industry-best safety practices preferred
  • Experience with CAN tools, CAN protocols and vehicle data recorders preferred
  • Knowledge of emissions drive cycles preferred
  • Must be able to use power tools and delicate measuring and metering instruments
  • Must be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, and database functions in the Windows environment
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend published, handwritten and typewritten materials, company forms, blueprints, technical manuals and computer printouts
  • Experience with AVL measurement devices preferred
  • Must be familiar with standard dynamometer test facility (familiarity with 40 CFR Part 1065 processes preferred)
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined
  • Must have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be able to write technically
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette


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