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Lead Engineer - Control Systems

Engineering | San Carlos, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Pinnacle Engines, a venture capital backed startup located in San Carlos, California, is seeking talented engineers to join a team that has developed a game-changing engine. We offer competitive pay and great benefits including free lunch every day! If you want to change the way the world thinks about engines, are looking for the challenge of a lifetime and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, we want to talk to you!



We’re looking for an experienced engineer to continue development on a state-of-the-art engine control system.  Pinnacle’s unique lean-burn engine requires open loop control strategies that use unique control software to ensure consistent combustion.  Cost sensitive market requires specific attention to software-based improvements to leverage available hardware channels to maximize engine performance. 

Duties will include

  • ECU production software ownership (fixed point)
  • Spec and implement CAN-Based communication customized software tools for mapping and data logging
  • ECU hardware layout and vehicle electronics system layout
  • ECU software strategy development



  • BSME with a mechatronics background, advanced degrees preferred
  • Experience with Simulink & Matlab
  • Minimum of 5 yrs exp working with production ECU engine control systems
  • Experience programming (C++) ECU firmware
  • Developing and customizing CAN-based calibration and logging software
  • Understanding of sensor and engine build variations and their influence on control strategy requirements
  • Excellent problem solving skill set
  • Solid understanding of electromechanical systems, including sensors, actuators, oscilloscopes
  • Electronics manufacturing experience a plus
  • Flexibility to work in an international company on a project with team members in multiple countries and possible travel


Bonus Points:

  • Startup experience a plus
  • Experience with engine or mechanical system operation and repair



  • Competitive pay; salary DOE
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, 401(K)
  • Catered lunch daily
  • Flexible work schedule