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Engine Test Engineer

Powertrain Engineering | San Jose, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Tula Technology, Inc. is a Silicon Valley based supplier of Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF®), a software enabled powertrain technology that integrates advanced digital signal processing with sophisticated powertrain controls to create the ultimate variable displacement engine. Tula’s technology delivers optimal fuel efficiency across a wide range of engine types to the world’s automotive manufacturers, helping them meet fuel efficiency and CO2 mandates at the lowest cost. With headquarters in San Jose, CA, and an engineering center in Plymouth, MI, Tula brings together the best of Silicon Valley and automotive expertise, resulting in over 50 patents issued or allowed and over 80 U.S. and international patents pending.

Position Description:

The engine thermodynamic test engineer is responsible for measurement of engine performance, fuel economy, and emissions, through the use of engine and chassis dynamometers, and state-of-the-art combustion and emissions measurement equipment.

  • Support engine analysis and ECU calibration by specifying and conducting engine 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 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


  • B.S. plus three years related work experience
  • Knowledge of experiment design
  • Experience with at least two of the following: Matlab/Simulink, Labview/Veristand, CAS, INCA, PLC programming, expert level wiring diagram creation/interpretation skills, dSPACE/Control Desk, emissions bench configuration/data analysis
  • Understanding of engines and engine test methodology relevant to road vehicles
  • Experience with engine and vehicle test equipment such as dynamometers, combustion analysis/emissions measurement equipment, 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 engine control modules of modern, emissions-regulated road vehicles
  • 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
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced start-up environment

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in analysis and development of automotive engines and components
  • Understanding of analytical tools such as 1D engine and vehicle simulation
  • Engine combustion fundamentals
  • Engine hardware/teardown skills