Senior Component Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA US
USD 118k - 174k
Python C++
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Mission Summary:

Our Component Engineering Team is searching for an experienced Component Engineer to be focused and responsible for requirements, guidelines, component readiness, verification & validation, and testing of the infra-red camera and external microphone being used as a part of Motional's Autonomous Driving programs. You will be responsible for collaborating cross functional for driving component requirements, building and implementing test benches, automating test setups using Python, performing, documenting tests and analyzing test results. 

The Motional Pittsburgh office is located in the new Hazelwood Green development, a culmination of the city’s goal of restoring an economic driver to the neighborhood in a thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable way. With views along the Monongahela river, the Pittsburgh office is in the heart of this new state of the art development.

**This position requires the ability to work onsite in our Pittsburgh location** 

What you'll be doing:

  • Build the infra-red and microphone component requirements and guidelines.
  • Ensure all deliverables with major development milestones along the program for sensors.
  • Ensure the compliance of components with the proposed guidelines and regulations.
  • Build the sub-system bench and operate the bench with the boundary components.
  • Design and implement test plans and procedures for Autonomous Vehicle sensors,
  • Design, build, and maintain Electrical and/or mechanical test benches used in testing.
  • Develop tools and processes to repeatedly automate testing.
  • Create test cases to understand behavior, performance, and limitations of Autonomous Vehicle ECUs and sensors.
  • Perform testing activities on Autonomous Vehicle components in both labs setting and on-road vehicle environment.
  • Test a multiple layer of HW's and HW bring-up
  • Documentation and reporting of test setup, test plans, and test results
  • Failure analysis and debugging of degraded or failed ECUs and sensor.

What we're looking for:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in electrical engineering /physics /mechatronics /robotics or equivalent experience 
  • 2-5 years of experience in optical or audio sensor-level development or integration experience for one or more of the automotive and/or Autonomous Vehicle(AV) sensors
  • Basic knowledge of common vehicle electrical and serial communication protocol (CAN, LIN, Ethernet, I2C, UART, Automotive ethernet etc.) 
  • Experience with electrical/ hardware testing for IR cameras and audio sensors etc.
  • Hands on experience with power supplies, oscilloscope’s function generators and multimeters etc. 
  • Experience with test automation using Python/LabVIEW/C++
  • Experience with requirement compliance, issue-tracking and task management software platform such as JIRA, Jama, Polarion, Confluence, Testrail
  • Experience with environmental and/or shock/vibration testing and EMC
  • Performed Root-cause analysis particularly with automotive ECUs and sensors

Bonus Points: 

  • Familiarity with ISO 16750, USCAR, IEC specification
  • Experience with RGB cameras 
  • Experience in automotive OEMs, Tier1 or Tier2 is a plus

Why you should join us:

  • Opportunity to create a compute product from scratch with immediate application across multiple levels of AV technology
  • Ability to go fast like a startup with the leverage of strong parent companies.
  • You will help shape the industry by defining what we build and who we partner with

If you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications outlined above - that’s okay! We encourage you to apply if you think this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day and that you can deliver the results we need.

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors including but not limited to specific skills, experience and expertise, role location, certifications, licenses, and business needs. The estimated compensation range listed in this job posting reflects base salary only. This role may include additional forms of compensation such as a bonus or company equity. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process. 

Candidates for certain positions are eligible to participate in Motional’s benefits program. Motional’s benefits include but are not limited to medical, dental, vision, 401k with a company match, health saving accounts, life insurance, pet insurance, and more.

Salary Range
$118,100$174,500 USD

Motional is a driverless technology company making autonomous vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality. We’re driven by something more.

Our journey is always people first.

We aren't just developing driverless cars; we're creating safer roadways, more equitable transportation options, and making our communities better places to live, work, and connect. Our team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who are creating a technology with the potential to transform the way we move.

Higher purpose, greater impact.

We’re creating first-of-its-kind technology that will transform transportation. To do so successfully, we must design for everyone in our cities and on our roads. We believe in building a great place to work through a progressive, global culture that is diverse, inclusive, and ensures people feel valued at every level of the organization. Diversity helps us to see the world differently; it’s not only good for our business, it’s the right thing to do.  

Scale up, not starting up.

Our team is behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's longest-standing public robotaxi fleet. We’re driven to scale; we’re moving towards commercialization of our technology, and we need team members who are ready to embrace change and challenges.

Formed as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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