Staff Powertrain Engineer

Solo AVT

Fremont, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 5

Who we are:

Solo AVT is building the safest, greenest and most cost-effective long-haul truck – ever. With experienced leaders in the field, we’re building a solution that will upend the logistics trucking industry. You will be working with a highly cross-functional team of systems, software, hardware and vehicle engineers, as well as an incredibly talented team of designers, technicians, and a wide range of other professionals.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

As a Senior Powertrain Engineer, you will be responsible for specifying and developing the powertrain used in the Solo SD1. You will determine the appropriate sizing and specification of powertrain components including the drive motor(s), gearbox, differentials, drive axles, inverters, powertrain controller and any other associated mechanical and power electronics components. You will lead the design and engineering of these components and ultimately be release responsible for all or a portion of the system. You will also be engineering responsible for certain aspects of pre-production builds. As the team grows, you may be designated as a subject matter expert and will be asked to provide guidance to junior team members. The ideal candidate works well within a diverse team while also being able to operate independently and deliver projects on time and to specification. This candidate is able to solve complex problems by working up from the engineering fundamentals to develop the best solution, regardless of what others are doing or have done. We can’t change the world by doing it the way everyone else has done it! Finally, while we are an engineering driven company, you will need to be able to effectively communicate with our co-workers and partners in both technical and non-technical capacities.

Job Requirements - Essential Skills:

  • Work with the Systems Engineering team on drive profiles, system requirements and other associated input data to determine powertrain specifications
  • Specify motors, systems, components and controllers and design their associated mounting hardware solutions suitable for a heavy commercial vehicle
  • Execute mechanical design for powertrain components using CAD (preferably CATIA V5/V6)
  • Support testing and validation of the powertrain system
  • Execute engineering releases for mechanical components
  • Engage with suppliers to close open items in a timely manner
  • Assist with generating vital technical documents for the mechanical team
  • Participate in the creation of DFMEAs and DV test plans for powertrain components

Desired Skills:

  • Extensive experience interfacing and managing external suppliers
  • Knowledge of CAD (CATIA V5 or V6 preferably) software including part design and assembly design workbenches
  • Experience with fundamental design practices of die casting, forging, machining, sheet metal, and assembling drivetrain components
  • Knowledge of GD&T per ASME Y14.5
  • Ability to understand electrical and mechanical drawings
  • Understanding and knowledge of 3Dexperiece is a plus
  • Experience working in the automotive industry and startup environment preferred


  • BS/MS/PhD degree in ME/EE or equivalent
  • 5+ years of professional work experience as a Powertrain Engineer
  • 3+ years working in the automotive or heavy trucking industry

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Solo AVT

Revolutionizing the Freight Transportation Industry