Automotive Engineer - Embedded Controls (Drive-by-wire)


Dallas, TX, USA

Full time

Aug 10

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Gatik is leading the way in autonomous middle-mile delivery by developing a safe, efficient, autonomous delivery solution that addresses real pain points for the retail industry. Operating on fixed, predetermined routes, we are the first company to develop and deploy light/medium duty autonomous box trucks. 

Founded in 2017, we are building new concepts and groundbreaking solutions for autonomous vehicles to ensure goods are transported between business locations both efficiently and affordably in city environments. Gatik’s autonomous vehicles have been operating in North America with multiple Fortune 500 retail partners including Walmart, Loblaws, and others yet to be announced publicly. These partnerships are a first in the AV industry: this kind of middle-mile integration with major retailers has never been done before, marking the first-ever deployment of a hub-and-spoke AV delivery model.

We're looking for high-energy, creative and collaborative candidates who would like to work in a fast-paced, execution-oriented team. If you love building scalable, reliable, maintainable infrastructure, and enjoy working closely with talented and collaborative teammates and users, we'd love to talk to you!

About you

Are you technically inclined, curious and passionate about quality? Do you have an interest in robotics and advanced automotive technologies? We are looking for passionate automotive controls engineers to help develop world-class redundant actuator systems for our unique autonomous trucks for the middle mile. We strive to create autonomous vehicles that meet best practice functional safety goals. You will work with OEM and component suppliers to achieve functional targets and provide the controls team with a defined interface.

What you bring to the role

You are an independent and self-guided worker and have no problem taking the lead in searching for solutions to problems in collaboration with your colleagues and partners. From your engineering or science studies you have a good foundation in vehicle dynamics and motion control of vehicles using embedded ECUs. You are able to create/modify models in MATLAB (or similar tools) and define tests that will verify and validate the control system design.

You possess advanced controls systems knowledge and how different sensors and actuators function and communicate in order to make a vehicle by-wire capable. You are able to troubleshoot and debug issues arising from the complex nature of different systems such as Drive-By-Wire, Compute, Sensors and Actuators working together in an AV.


  • A tertiary engineering diploma/degree or equivalent qualification
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in robotics or autonomous vehicles
  • A valid driver’s license


  • Manage requirements from concept-design-validation-manufacturing for vehicle controls (steering, braking, throttle) systems, and associated sensors, actuators, and control interfaces
  • Develop redundancy, fail-operational and failure mitigation strategies, along with fault diagnostics functions that integrate seamlessly with the AV software  
  • Collaborate with OEM and suppliers/component manufacturers to develop controls systems architectures, including software, model and simulation development 
  • Ensure seamless integration of controllers and actuators with the vehicle and AV systems  
  • Define test procedures and test plans that thoroughly validate the performance of existing and new vehicle systems across the evolving operational domain 
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to conduct trade-off analysis, and support design decisions related to modularity, safety, and quality of the controls system 
  • Ensure reliable vehicle operation of drive-by-wire actuators in all modes of operation 
  • Troubleshoot, triage and provide diagnostic support for field issues related to the vehicle control system


  • Good understanding and working experience with automotive communication protocols such as CAN, CAN FD, and automotive ethernet
  • Experience with common automotive instrumentation and calibration tools for ECUs 
  • Knowledge of automotive electrical architectures, control system design and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) 
  • Basic hands-on automotive mechanical and electrical skills for troubleshooting controls related vehicle issues
  • Experience with Functional Safety analyses (ISO 26262), defining safety goals, and integrity levels.
  • Ability to define and assign functional and technical requirements. Experience with automotive embedded and real-time control systems including Matlab/Simulink.

Bonus Points

  • A valid Class C or B license
  • Knowledge of Functional Safety (ISO26262), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) test procedures and regulations 
  • Experience with MIL-HIL-VIL testing for automotive embedded systems
  • Experience with CAN-Bus calibration using common tools such as CANape, PCAN, CANalyzer, RaptorCal, etc.
  • Automotive electronics experience
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