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Intern - Vehicle Dynamics Simulation & Controls

United States
Work Location:
Auburn Hills
21 Mar 2021
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

Role Purpose:        

Work within Vehicle Controls Team to develop and support mechatronics systems for torque transfer AWD units.

Support algorithm development and verification/validation using concepts like Vehicle and Tire dynamics for AWD systems to improving performance and fuel efficiency.

Support development of mechatronics systems and bench/rig test


Key Responsibilities
Simulation and Modeling:

-        Develop controls algorithms for Rapid Prototype and/or Production systems using CAE tools          

-        Develop plant models and framework representing vehicle dynamics and AWD hardware for co-simulation of the Cyber-Physical systems with controls functions

-        Build Auto-Code, S-Functions and release artifacts for integration and deployment in ECU, Dyno simulation, etc.

-        Use fixed point arithmetic for complex algorithms to be represented in ECU SW

Verification and Testing:

-        Develop verification and validation plans for functional accuracy and robustness

-        Perform model-based calibration, functional testing using methodologies s.a. MIL, SIL, HIL

-        Document test results, deviations, guidelines and procedures for testing, review and approval criteria, etc.

Configuration Management and ALM:

-        Document and manage traceability of all items from conception to production in GKN ALM system (PTC Integrity)


-        Lead and actively seek collaboration with internal and external team members.

           -       Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate with peers, supervisors and customers

Qualifications/ Experience/ Skills

  • College student pursing a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field 
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Good computer application software knowledge and skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Fluent in English

Preferred experience

      • Understanding of vehicle dynamics
      • Understanding of control theories
      • Familiar with mechatronic systems
      • Experience with model based development & testing tools
      • Software / Tool Exposure: Matlab, Simulink, dSpace Targetlink, RPC - MicroAutobox, Dyna4 / CarSim / Adams / AmeSim / Comsol, etc., Data acquisition instrumentation, wiring/harness




    About Us

    GKN Automotive is the world’s largest supplier of driveline technologies to the automotive industry. Our engineering puts driveline innovation into series production. Our systems integration expertise and software calibration capabilities make us a strong and trusted partner for electrification, all-wheel drive programs and new vehicle concepts.

    Our global network of production and engineering centres gives the company a presence in 21 countries. Its 54 manufacturing facilities and 5 technology centres are strategically located to ensure customers benefit from local supply chains and world-class technical support.

    With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.


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    A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

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