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Staff Engine/Powertrain Control Engineer

Powertrain Engineering | San Jose, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Through a combination of a unique application of digital signal processing and sophisticated powertrain controls, Tula Technology, Inc. has created the digital engine, thereby providing the most cost-effective, easily integrated fuel-reduction technology available. Without sacrificing drivability or  requiring major changes to vehicle structures, fuels, service maintenance intervals or batteries, this breakthrough technology provides a 15-20 percent CAFE fuel efficiency benefit, with up to a 50 percent increase in fuel efficiency at lower speed steady state operating conditions. This results in:

  • Improved fuel economy labels on vehicles
  • Improved real world fuel economy
  • Consumer payback typically within one to two years
  • One ton of CO2 saved annually per vehicle

Position Description:

The Engine/Powertrain Control Engineer will be responsible for developing advanced control strategies to meet challenging performance targets for performance, fuel economy, emissions, and driveability through application of modern control design techniques along with careful calibration and validation of strategies.

  • Design, implement and prove estimators and advanced engine and powertrain control strategies to meet stringent targets for fuel economy, emissions, driveability, and NVH
  • Carefully plan, and analyze results from, experiments and simulations identifying key dynamic characteristics of engines and powertrains
  • Develop and validate control-oriented models for use in estimators and control strategies
  • Closely collaborate with Test and Analysis teams
  • Contribute to generation of innovative ideas and develop project plans


  • Ph.D. in control systems engineering (ME, EE or Aero), or M.S. with strong control-theoretic component or equivalent technical background
  • 15+ years’ experience with automotive OEMs
  • Knowledge of algorithms related to transient airflow and fuel flow estimation in gasoline engines
  • Background in a variety of areas of control theory. Practical experience applying some of: Adaptive Control, Optimal Control, Observers/Estimators, Model Predictive Control
  • Strong analysis and modeling orientation, using MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow
  • Knowledge of gasoline powertrain control strategies to satisfy passenger car OEM-level fuel economy, emissions, driveability and NVH targets and constraints
  • Experience with rapid prototyping environments such as dSPACE or ETAS
  • Systematic approach toward engineering development
  • 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:

  • Knowledge of instrumentation/data acquisition and experiment design
  • Knowledge of engine CAE tools such as WAVE, GT-Suite, BOOST