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Electric Motor Test Engineer

Electrical Engineering | Hybrid in San Jose, CA | Full Time | From $132,000.00 to $195,000.00 per year

Job Description

Tula is driven by an overriding passion to increase efficiency and improve the environment. With more than 340 patents issued or pending for multiple technologies, and a combined 450 years of engineering behind those patents, we’re focused primarily on applications for passenger automobiles, commercial vehicles for on and off road and electric vehicles of any size. Our approach to improving efficiency sets us apart. We come at it with demonstrated software solutions, and we deliver proven results with more than one million vehicles on the road using our technologies to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel savings. But we’re not stopping there. We’re working to reduce or eliminate the use of rare earth elements in electric vehicles through improved electric motor efficiency and exploring efficiency in other means of mobility, too, including robotics, e-aviation and industrial machinery. Tula drives efficiency.

The electric motor test engineer is responsible for measurement of motor performance and efficiency through the use of motor and vehicle chassis dynamometers equipped with state-of-the-art power analyzers.

  • Support motor analysis and inverter calibration by specifying and conducting motor and vehicle dynamometer tests
  • Validate test plans, execute tests, and verify test data are accurate and repeatable
  • Set up, calibrate, and troubleshoot test cell instrumentation
  • Interact with test requestors, test technicians and schedule testing according to priorities
  • Provide guidance to the technical associates and verify their dyno work and data meets Tula’s standards
  • Build and expand Tula internal testing and calibration capability
  • Utilize external vendors and contractors as needed
  • Contribute to the generation of innovative ideas and development of project plans
  • Become the go to expert for dynamometer testing


  • B.S. plus three years related work experience
  • Knowledge of experiment design
  • Experience with at least three of the following: Matlab/Simulink, Labview/Veristand, CAS, INCA, Canalyzer, Canape, dSPACE/Control Desk, power analysis equipment, specifically HBK Genesis/Perception
  • Understanding of electric motors and motor test methodology relevant to road vehicles
  • Experience with motor and vehicle test equipment such as dynamometers and data acquisition hardware and software
  • Ability to carefully validate test plans, execute dyno work according to plan, and verify the data created is of high quality
  • Familiarity with the full range of calibration structures of motor control modules of modern electric machines
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, and troubleshoot advanced measurement instrumentation
  • Ability to demonstrate system level thinking/management
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to manage a dozen systems, each of which is required to achieve a valid test
  • Root cause and resolution methodology
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills including the ability to influence technical direction
  • Demonstrated team orientation and project management skills
  • Participate in building/refurbishment dynamometers cells
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced start-up environment

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in analysis and development of automotive motors and components
  • Understanding of analytical tools such as motor FEA and vehicle simulation
  • Understanding of fundamentals of modern motor control