Careers

Careers

Employees

The Ricardo North America team is comprised of a diversified group that includes:

  • Engineers
  • Strategic Consultants
  • Sales Directors
  • Program Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Accountants
  • Legal
  • Health/Safety
  • Human Resources

We are a subsidiary of UK-based Ricardo, which boasts more than 100 years of commitment to research and development and is powered by a global team of 3,000-plus engineers, consultants, scientists and support staff.

Our diversified client base and projects throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico enable our North American team to broaden their academic acumen in a vibrant work environment.  Whatever your path, all our positions offer exciting assignments plus personalized career and professional development. 

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Ricardo is a global engineering and strategic technical and environmental consultancy business with a value chain that includes the niche manufacture and assembly of high-performance, low emission products. Ricardo North America, an integral component in this global scenario with offices in Detroit, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Southern California, specializes in advanced propulsion, software, thermal management and vehicle systems engineering and design to meet challenges in the transportation, energy and scarce resource sectors.

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Intern - Vehicle Systems
July 26, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Essential Functions:

• Works with the Vehicle Systems team assisting with projects on all different levels throughout the internship program.

• Assists with gathering information and documentation for engineering proposals.

• Working with commercial and development teams to understand customer needs.

• Delivery of vehicle systems projects to specification and on time to ISO 9000 quality standards with appropriate quality documentation and reviews.

• Providing assistance to our technical support staff.

• Researching and understanding associated technologies in design, engineering, and program management.

• Applies theoretical knowledge and engineering techniques to the solution of basic analytical engineering problems

• Participates in experimental investigations, participates in recording, plotting and performing preliminary analysis of results

• Confers with research and more senior engineers to prepare modifications to drawings, specifications, calculations, test work, results and reports

• Analyzes dynamic system response data against performance requirements

• Monitors own work to ensure quality; looks for ways to improve and promote quality

• Meets productivity standards; strives to increase productivity, completes work in a timely manner

• Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion

• Performs other job-related duties as assigned


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AP/AR Specialist
July 19, 2021
Carlsbad, CADetails/Apply

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Position Summary:

Responsible for accounts payable and accounts receivable, employee expenses and assisting with month end close, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Company policy.


Essential Functions:

  • Performs full cycle accounts payable, accounts receivable and assists with month end close
  • Reviews all invoices and expenses to ensure necessary detail is documented and properly coded
  • Prepares weekly payment run or transfer of funds in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Researches and resolves issues with vendors and creditors
  • Reviews checks and vouchers to verify correct payments before signature by controller
  • Records accounts receivable payments, track payments and performs collection of past due balances
  • Posts customer invoices and verifies information such as payment terms are accurate
  • Works with Program Management by preparing bills and invoices in a timely fashion
  • Maintains files and documentation in accordance with company policy and accepted accounting practices
  • Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned



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Consultant - Strategic Consulting
July 1, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Ricardo Strategic Consulting is the management consulting arm of Ricardo PLC (https://rsc.ricardo.com), a global $400 million provider of product development and engineering services for the last 100 years. Ricardo Strategic Consulting was founded in mid-2002 to provide management consulting services to automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers, technology and engineering intensive companies, investment banks and private equity firms.


Our goal is to become a defining entity for transportation and clean energy strategy consulting based on depth of industry knowledge and end-to-end delivery capability for engineering and product technology related topics, coupled with an experienced consulting team who are thought-leaders in the extended product development space (portfolio planning, technology forecasting, warranty improvement, engineering design cost optimization, etc). Most of our 70+ consultants worldwide have substantial automotive, energy, and transportation industry experience as well as experience from other top-tier strategy consulting firms prior to joining Ricardo Strategic Consulting.


We are growing aggressively in North America, Europe, and Asia and are looking to hire Consultants interested in working in Management Consulting to our core industries on strategic product development issues.


Essential Functions:

  • Support clients on a wide variety of topics, including, but not limited to –

- New product development and new market entry strategy development

- Assessing market drivers and customer needs as part of product strategy development

- Technology assessment, road mapping and adoption scenario modeling/forecasting

- Competitive benchmarking of products and technologies – Product cost estimation, performance benchmark, life cycle cost analysis, overall business model review

- Operations strategy – Design and commercial cost reduction, sourcing strategy development and execution, manufacturing process assessment

- Due diligence engagements for leading early stage venture funds, private equity clients to help assess investments in the energy and transportation sectors

  • Engage in overall RSC marketing activities by being active in authoring white papers, industry publications and presenting at market specific conferences
  • Support senior leadership team in business development activities, as required
  • Provide tactical support to Ricardo’s global technical consulting team and clients on key projects
  • Efficiently and reliably identifies and utilizes key data sources; performs analysis with little direction. Articulates assumptions clearly.
  • Design and execute qualitative and quantitative primary research
  • Conduct and evaluate client/customer interviews
  • Translate data into meaningful insights and recommendations
  • Quantify economic implications of strategy recommendations for the client
  • Support Project Manager in preparation for and during client meetings; effectively manages own activities and participates in leading a client team with support of the project manager
  • Manages activities of support staff to produce timely and accurate end products. Makes good use of time, avoiding last-minute crises due to time management issues. Active team participant. Shares information, develop feedback loop with junior and senior team members
  • Able to identify major client issues and trigger points (hard, soft factors) that may impede progress. Is viewed as a valuable contributor and is respected by client team members
  • Communicate findings to the consulting team and the client verbally and in writing
  • Works effectively within client organization, participates well in group working sessions to synthesize, clarify and redirect discussion
  • Delivers portions of prepared presentations well. Understands material fully and answers questions logically
  • Develop a solid understanding of Ricardo’s intellectual capital and Engineering capabilities
  • Participates in recruiting events


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Business Analyst
March 19, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) is a boutique consulting firm focused on automotive and transportation strategy, that combines over a century of technical experience with business strategy expertise to deliver value for our clients. Located at our office in Van Buren Twp., Michigan, RSC is currently seeking to hire a highly motivated Business Analyst (BA). At RSC, we deliver tangible results to our clients, so we recruit people who will thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Our entrepreneurial working style and the size of our firm allow our BAs to become an integral part of the team immediately and to have an impact early on in their careers at RSC.


The Business Analyst will focus on the analysis of issues and challenges faced by today’s businesses, contributing to the design and development of innovative strategies as well as delivering market and product knowledge for our clients. Typical assignments include competitive intelligence gathering, voice of the customer / market activities, aptitude for analyzing large databases of information, conducting financial and market analysis, developing client presentations and supporting clients with implementing the resulting recommendations.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Support clients (internal / external team) on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Operations strategy: design and commercial cost reduction, sourcing strategy development and execution, manufacturing process assessment
  • New product development, market entry research and strategy development
  • Assessing market drivers and customer needs as part of product strategy development
  • Competitive benchmarking of products and technologies: cost estimation, performance benchmarking, life cycle cost analysis, overall business model review
  • Technology assessment, road mapping and adoption scenario modeling / forecasting
  • Due diligence engagements for leading early stage venture funds, private equity clients to help assess investments in the energy and transportation sectors
  • Designing and creatively executing qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary research through available and new unique information sources
  • Creating quantitative data models from large data sets to analyze, discover insights and develop custom-made strategies for clients
  • Communicating findings and insights to the internal team and to the client verbally and through presentations / reports
  • Working with experienced consultants on a variety of projects
  • Supporting senior leadership team in business development activities, as required
  • Engaging in overall RSC marketing activities by being active in authoring white papers, industry publications and presenting at market specific conferences


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Sr. Program Manager
June 30, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Interfaces between members of the Ricardo engineering team and the program management team from the time of program award, through to program delivery to execute a project according to client expectations and corporate requirements.


Essential Functions:

  • Works directly with client and/or Ricardo engineers to understand scope of project and to ensure that all objectives are known and achievable
  • Develops a plan and staffing needs to deliver a project, including risks and opportunities
  • Monitors project progress, resources, tools, materials, expenses and schedules; resolves discrepancies or brings issues to management’s attention, if needed
  • Liaises between the various departments internally to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the project
  • Prepares project reviews and reports to interested stakeholders on achievements, progress, risk management and change management
  • Interfaces with the client to provide regular status updates on program goals and objectives
  • Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values; respect, integrity, creativity and innovation and passion
  • Leads client meetings and maintains regular contact with assigned clients within scope 
    • Owns the relationship with said clients.
  • Supports the writing of project proposals, reviews technical reports and data generated by engineering staff, including development of cost and timing estimates and scoping strategies as well as preparation of technical specifications 
  • Supports bid and proposal teams across the group in defining state of the art technical solutions
  • Ensures effective communication and coordination on assigned projects between all project participants including clients, vendors, Ricardo leadership, and other departments and engineering staff
  • Reviews project results for regulatory complianceand safety, adherence to company standards, and client contract      requirements
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned
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Systems Architect
May 12, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Position Summary:

Seeking an Automotive Systems Architect who is driven to advance the state of technology in the automotive sector. Systems Architect understands the needs of the automotive customers and translates them into actionable requirements for the functional disciplines - e.g. electrical, software, architecture, etc. and validates that the end product meets what the customer expected.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop system architectures on automotive projects that entail traditional and next-generation technologies; Classic Autosar, Autosar Adaptive, bare-metal applications, virtualization, Linux, RTOS, cloud connectivity, CAN, Ethernet, TSN, etc.
  • Determine what electrical architectures minimize BOM costs & weight while meeting both functional and non-functional requirements (performance, latency, jitter, etc.)
  • Incorporate design considerations for cyber security and functional safety
  • Lead design reviews as well as participate in code reviews to be sure implementation meets the design
  • Make sure architecture standards and processes are being met by project teams
  • Assist the PM’s in project planning and execution
  • Assist the Business Development team by providing written proposals that include effort estimations, dependencies, project timelines - followed by presenting to customers
  • Develop the system requirements based upon and traced to the customer requirements for electrical and software disciplines
  • Understand and document customer requirements using ALM tools. Manage and negotiate customer requirements, change requests, and unwritten expectations.
  • Using Enterprise Architect (EA, or similar), documents system architecture in an unambiguous, clear, and understandable way that electrical and software engineers know exactly what they have to do in order to meet customer expectations.
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Sr. Functional Safety Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Position Summary:

The Senior Functional Safety engineer will work with customers' safety organizations as well as client engineers and managers to ensure that the functional safety activities according to ISO 26262 are executed and documented.

Essential Functions:

· Act as a lead functional safety engineer for the Electronics Product Group.

· Analyze impact of application of ISO26262 for clients’ Electronics and create Functional Safety awareness across department.

· Perform functional safety related activities for Electronics projects according to relevant standards during all project phases (concept, product development, production) including: creating safety plan and item definition, performing HARA, creating functional and technical safety requirements(for HW and SW), assisting with DFMEA and FMEDA, Fault Tree Analysis

· Collaborate with project managers, development team and customers on Functional Safety.

· Conduct reviews and audits with product teams to ensure functional safety standards are being met throughout product development cycles.

· Act as the main customer contact for safety related topics to optimize the cooperation and expertise regarding OEM processes and strategies.

· Performs other job-related duties as assigned


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Sr. ePropulsion Systems Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Position Summary:

Seeking an Automotive ePropulsion Systems Engineer who is driven to advance the state of technology in the xEV Powertrain Automotive sector. You will be involved in System architecture, designing, testing, and releasing complex and innovative software for electric, hybrid, and CAV applications. You will ensure system quality and robustness through use of tools such as DFMEA and DFSS Support Controls, Calibration, and Validation teams during development and issue resolution

Essential Functions:

  • Have in-depth experience, understanding and ability to execute on MOST of the following xEV Advanced Propulsion Systems disciplines:
  • Software, Controls & Calibration, CAV: Supervisory, Inverter, BMS, Embedded, ISO26262
  • Systems Architecture & Definition: Sub-system specification and matching of components and entire powertrain systems to vehicle application. (EDU, Battery Pack, HV Bus, Thermal Systems, Performance Predication, Design for: Cost, Service, Quality, Mauf. etc.)
  • Requirements Creation/Definition, Decomposition & Management
  • DFMEA, DVP&R and Test Plan Creation/Definition & Management. Test report and Data analysis
  • Simulation toolsets: Ricardo SW, GT Suite, Ansys, Vector etc.
  • Cross-functional System interfaces, interactions and dependencies
  • System, sub-system and component project planning from inception to production delivery
  • Mechanical design standards and requirements in prototype and production environments of Power Electronics, Motors, Gearboxes, HV Battery Packs, Powertrain to Vehicle integration.
  • Electrical design standards and requirements in prototype and production environments
  • Lead technical teams, within Ricardo and collaboratively with client technical teams, delivering on complex projects within defined timing, budgets and deliverables
  • Create and present project proposals to clients based on provided RFI/Q/P documents and conversations, identifying resource needs (effort and duration), material & travel costs, assumptions, risks and deliverables.
  • Conduct research and development of Advanced Propulsion Systems across many Industries, such as Automotive, Motorsport, Defense, Rail, Stationary Power Generation/Conversion, Marine etc.
  • Bringing creativity and innovative ideas for complex system and component challenges
  • Understanding of global industry standards and trends to provide the latest technology solutions.
  • Leveraging extensive product development assets including team members, test labs, and expert product development capabilities to deliver best-in-class performance, usability and quality.
  • Work collaboratively across the North American and Global Ricardo group as well customers locally and internationally.



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Power Electronics Engineer
May 4, 2021
Carlsbad, CADetails/Apply

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  • Utilizing state of the art tools, design, develop, and test power electronics products for future electrified systems, including: AC/DC, DC/DC converters, Chargers, DC/AC, inverters, EMI filters, bus bar specifications and all related internal components.
  • PCBA Circuit Simulation, Schematics, Layout, and Design Review experience
  • Work collaboratively with the Systems, Software/Controls, and Mechanical teams to ensure successful product development.
  • Decompose system level requirements to drive component level design requirements.
  • Work on a modular and scalable architecture that can be applied across a range of low-voltage and high-voltage electrified systems.
  • Responsible for the specification, design, development, testing & validation of power electronics for global electrified applications. This role can include bespoke designs, upgrade of existing designs, and applications engineering
  • Utilize individual and group design, drawing, specification and code reviews to demonstrate and drive the application of robust technical fundamentals to optimize system performance, quality, DFM/DFA and cost.
  • Conduct root cause analysis and support troubleshooting in multiple formats (8D, etc).
  • Ability to review existing component and system designs to determine if they are adequate for use in multiple applications or if there is opportunity to improve on the existing design for upgraded performance.
  • Creativity and innovative ideas for complex system and component challenges.
  • Understanding of global industry standards and trends to provide the latest technology solutions.
  • Leverage extensive product development assets including team members, test labs, and expert product development capabilities to deliver best-in-class performance, usability and quality.
  • Work collaboratively across the North American and Global Ricardo group as well customers locally and internationally.
  • Other duties as required


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Lead Power Electronics Engineer
May 4, 2021
Carlsbad, CADetails/Apply

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  • Working with our US, UK and Prague power electronics teams, you will support the road mapping of future power electronics technologies for automotive and wider applications, including wide band semiconductor gap devices, higher voltage systems, cost effective solutions and novel topologies
  • Be on top of the latest power electronics technologies and define opportunities
  • Support customer facing technical meetings and proposal generation
  • Lead customer power electronics projects to be delivered in the US, UK and Prague
  • Support the growth of our facilities and team through making the case for capital expenditure and recruitment to match growing customer demands
  • As the team grows, opportunity to manage appropriate parts of the team.


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Lead Embedded Software Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Seeking an Automotive Embedded Software Engineer who is driven to advance the state of technology in the automotive sector. You will have and expand your experience designing, testing, and releasing complex and innovative software for electric, hybrid, and CAV applications. You will use your technical creativity to deliver custom embedded solutions for applications such as inverters, chargers, DC-DC converters, EV and Hybrid control, and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.


Essential Functions:

  • Planning and executing embedded software designs for volume manufacture and prototyping
  • Performing activities throughout the software product lifecycle including:
  • Capturing and specifying requirements capture
  • Designing and analyzing software architecture and hardware-software interfaces
  • Evaluating third-party software components and tools, experimenting with evaluation boards, and prototyping solutions
  • Creating software verification plans
  • Implementing, testing, and debugging software
  • Identifying, proposing and implementing improvements and enhancements to Ricardo’s family of products:
  • Diagnostics capabilities
  • Communications interfaces (including CAN, LIN, and Ethernet)
  • Bootloaders
  • Low-level device drivers
  • Microcontroller functions
  • User interfaces, including C-APIs, Simulink blocks, code generation scripts, and integration with 3rd-party tools
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Embedded Software Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Experience designing, testing, and releasing complex and innovative software for electric, hybrid, and CAV applications. You will use your technical creativity to deliver custom embedded solutions for applications such as inverters, chargers, DC-DC converters, EV and Hybrid control, and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.


Essential Functions:

  • Planning and executing embedded software designs for volume manufacture and prototyping
  • Performing activities throughout the software product lifecycle including:
  • Capturing and specifying requirements capture
  • Designing and analyzing software architecture and hardware-software interfaces
  • Evaluating third-party software components and tools, experimenting with evaluation boards, and prototyping solutions
  • Creating software verification plans
  • Implementing, testing, and debugging software
  • Identifying, proposing and implementing improvements and enhancements to Ricardo’s family of products:
  • Diagnostics capabilities
  • Communications interfaces (including CAN, LIN, and Ethernet)
  • Bootloaders
  • Low-level device drivers
  • Microcontroller functions
  • User interfaces, including C-APIs, Simulink blocks, code generation scripts, and integration with 3rd-party tools
  • Provides timely and accurate department reports as appropriate and requested
  • Delivers superior levels of client service to both internal and external clients while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned
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Electrical Systems Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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  • Specification and design of electrical schematics to support powertrain and other vehicle systems integration.
  • Support CAD designer in 3D design and packaging of electrical harnesses, junction, fuse boxes, etc.
  • Create 2D layout drawings with pin-outs, wire gauge, branch lengths, suitable for manufacture of wiring harnesses.
  • Experience with electrical systems and harness design software, such as Mentor Graphics, Zuken E3
  • Initiate and maintain system documentation such as SDS, BOM, FMEA, DVP&R etc.
  • Progress the system design through the program gateways to ensure that parts are released to support testing activities
  • Manage suppliers of the system components to procure hardware for prototypes
  • Lead problem solving and issue resolution to maintain the engine program timing
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned



This specific role for Ricardo, Inc. requires the candidate to meet ITAR compliance regulations being a U.S. citizen; a permanent resident who does not work for a foreign company, a foreign government, or a foreign governmental agency/organization;


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Battery Systems Engineer
May 4, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Essential Functions:

  • Specify, design and develop battery systems from either a clean-sheet requirement, or provide application engineering support to identify the ideal battery pack and integrate into the desired application.
  • Develop required documentation (sub-system technical specifications, block diagrams, FMEA, P-diagrams, DVP, work instructions, etc.) and Sheppard the design process through to production release.
  • Work with suppliers to identify required components to be incorporated into the final design, resulting in a robust design meeting all client specifications and needs.
  • Responsible for design release engineer for module assembly, components and subassemblies, including DFMEA, DVP, robustness/P-diagrams, 2D&3D models, GD&T, critical characteristics, tolerance analysis, engineering BOM, work instructions and process flow.
  • Support procurement of prototype module components, subassembly and assembly, DV & production source selection, APQP, tool design & qualification, purchasing, inventory and quality management
  • Provides timely and accurate department reports as appropriate and requested
  • Delivers superior levels of client service to both internal and external clients while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned
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Associate Engineer
April 14, 2021
Van Buren Township, MIDetails/Apply

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Through on-the-job training, performs a variety of entry-level engineering tasks of analysis, design, or testing nature. Assignments are selected to provide practical, sequential experience in the application of engineering theory and principles. Assignments begin with specific routine tasks and become increasingly difficult or complex. The Associate Engineer depends on others for instruction, guidance, and direction.


Essential Functions:

  • Applies theoretical knowledge and engineering techniques to the solution of basic analytical engineering problems
  • Prepares concept and detailed drawings, surveys, parts list, routine analytical design calculations, simulation, and CAD development
  • Participates in experimental investigations, participates in recording, plotting and performing preliminary analysis of results
  • Confers with research and more senior engineers to prepare modifications to drawings, specifications, calculations, test work, results and reports
  • Develops simple simulation models including the derivation of basic governing equations, and/or executes simulations implemented in commonly used system modeling packages such as Simulink
  • Operates basic electronic test equipment to carry out basic troubleshooting of laboratory setups
  • Sets up or directs the setup of bench testing of control system hardware
  • Tunes classical control law parameters (i.e., PID gains, lead/lag compensation, etc.) to achieve response, stability, accuracy, robustness requirements
  • Writes basic computer code to represent control algorithms, models or to carry out simple calculations on data, both static and dynamic
  • Develops control laws based on classical techniques, either simulation or experimentally
  • Supports the implementation of control systems in hardware including the specification and procurement of actuators and sensors, procurement of electronic controller hardware, wiring diagrams and wiring harnesses procurement
  • Analyzes dynamic system response data against performance requirements
  • Monitors own work to ensure quality; looks for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Meets productivity standards; strives to increase productivity, completes work in a timely manner
  • Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned
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We are an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, marital or parental status, height, weight, national origin, citizenship status, age, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information, military or veteran status, or disability, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or municipal law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.