Director of Electrical Engineering

General Summary

Battle Motors (formerly Crane Carrier Company) prides itself on delivering efficient, effective solutions for the heavy-duty truck industry. With the evolution of our new EV technology, we are growing faster than ever. We’re currently searching for a Director of Electrical Engineering to lead our EE team and help us grow and scale and continue our tradition of success. The Director of Electrical Engineering will be responsible for building our Electrical Engineering department and have complete ownership and oversight into the daily operations and R&D.  The primary responsibility will be to streamline our electrical systems for all vehicles, including diesel, CNG and EV vehicles (low voltage and high voltage), develop new and exciting products, and build a collaborative and engaging team.  

The ideal candidate will have EE team management experience in the automotive/heavy duty truck space and have a roll-up-your sleeves mentality to execute.  This role is crucial to our growth and is a tremendous opportunity to get in on the ground floor and make an immediate impact on our organization.  The ideal candidate will be an electrical engineer, very organized, familiar with EV vehicle systems including powertrain, electrical system design and electrical integration of conventional and EV vehicle platforms and is familiar with the intricacies of a fast-paced environment, have a strong desire for growth and be a great communicator. 

Role and Responsibilities
  • Create and lead the Electrical Engineering team.  This will include coaching and mentoring an entire team as we grow and scale.  In the interim, it will include recruiting and hiring new team members, training and onboarding, rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever is necessary to complete the project
  • Lead the design and release:
  • Electrical schematic/diagram
  • Wire harness design/layout
  • Wire harness manufacturing design
  • Other documents (BOM, Work Instructions, etc.)
  • Lead the design of electrical architecture, power distribution, wiring, and EE integration of EVs
  • Work on wiring harness specifications, harness build, connector definition, testing and sign-off process
  • Release high-quality automotive component and system drawing
  • Prepare good documentation of design
  • Develop application-specific design and innovative solutions
  • Support cost-savings initiatives.
  • Provide technical guidance to engineering teams, technicians, and manufacturing workers
  • Provide analysis and troubleshooting of vehicle harnesses throughout development processes
  • Review customer drawings and specifications to determine requirements and/or feasibility of product
  • Lead the team to create innovative new solutions for our electrical products including all wiring harnesses, battery and battery management systems for our EV and ICE chassis
  • Facilitate NPI (new product introductions) process for product development and identify requirements for new products in the market
  • Design new products and recognize feasibility in integrating new technologies into existing chassis
  • Work collaboratively with industrial and manufacturing engineering teams during the NPI process to ensure the highest quality products are delivered 
  • Perform preliminary and advanced work in development of working layouts and final master parts, assembly and drawings.
  • Lead our process improvement initiatives 
  • Other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.
  • Comfortable with complex problem solving and rapidly changing priorities
  • Comfortable in high pressure environments during rapid ramp up periods (as is the case during next six months)

    Qualifications and Education Requirements

    • BS or higher in Electrical Engineering or equivalent and relevant industry experience. MSEE (Master of Electrical Engineering) or MBA highly desired
    • Good understanding of automotive harness design and management
    • Practical experience in using any of these tools: SOLIDWORKS-EE, Auto CAD, Arcadia, Altium
    • Experience in design of automotive communication networks (such as CAN, LIN, Ethernet, Flexray)
    • Hands-on experience in development of automotive electrical system and hardware

    Preferred Experience and Skills

    • Strong knowledge of high-voltage and low-voltage electrical system design, safety, EMI, EMC, HVIL

    • Experience in harness certification for IEEE, SAE, and EMI standards
    • Understanding of high voltage energy storage and charge systems in EVs
    • Familiarity with related regulations, FMVSS/SAE standards, and practices
    • Experience troubleshooting and validating electronic hardware system using lab equipment such as oscilloscope, power supplies and multimeter

    Physical Requirements/Work Environment

    • May be subject to random drug and alcohol testing
    • May be required to lift up to 50 lbs.

      Personal Protective Equipment

      • Safety glasses, steel-toed shoes and hearing protection required in manufacturing areas
      • Employees are required to follow all COVID-19 precautions in place including, but not limited to, use of face coverings and temperature readings
      Crane Carrier Company is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

      New Philadelphia, Ohio