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Sr. Electrical Systems Engineer- Electric and Hybrid Powertrain

Wyoming, MN
Posted on Sep 8, 2022 Full time R14045
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

The Sr. Electrical Systems Engineer will be an integral part of the Global Electrical Powertrain team.  They will be responsible for leading the design and development of electric & hybrid powertrain systems to meet vehicle performance goals. This role will collaborate closely with a core team of electrical component, controls & product team systems engineers in the design, development, & integration of components and subsystems into hybrid and battery electric vehicles manufactured by Polaris.


  • Works with product team to understand customer needs & use cases/cycles, distills powertrain performance systems requirements into component level requirements, and works with analysis team to evaluate the performance of various powertrain system attributes & analyze tradeoffs.
  • Has a solid understanding and application of business practices and of technical principles, theories and concepts.
  • Represents Polaris as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Ability to develop a solid understanding of other groups and functions in order to ensure effective leadership. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring influencing and coordination between organizations. Builds and leads teams across the matrix through indirect leadership. Formally mentors others on a regular basis.
  • Provide direction to the product groups based on subject matter expertise in Electric & Hybrid Powertrain Systems.
  • Supports the development of electrified powertrain strategy/roadmaps that best support Polaris globally with coverage of High Voltage Harness/System design including isolation, shielding, routing, connectors, cabling, Electromechanical rotational machines, power electronics including motor inverters, DC/DC converters, and On-Board Chargers.
  • Finds areas of commonality between customer/vehicle applications and develop/recommend platformed components/subsystems to meet current & future needs where possible/appropriate
  • Establishes reasonable project development schedule and resource estimations from concept to production implementation of electrical systems and components including tooling, NRE, labor, BOM cost, etc.
  • Documents and decomposes electric &/or hybrid powertrain system requirements into component and integration requirements as needed for each project.
  • Works with chassis, engine, controller, software teams/engineers as needed to assign requirements, discuss and document tradeoffs, perform design reviews, & ensure successful integration
  • Performs detailed studies and design of the electric &/or hybrid powertrain system with emphasis on safety, quality, and cost; includes leading and/or participating in system, subsystem and/or vehicle level HARA, FMEA, etc. as well as developing design guidelines and Polaris Standards.
  • Manages technical aspects of multiple electrical systems and validation projects and provides status to the integrated project team(s)
  • Interacts with purchasing, testing, manufacturing, and external suppliers as needed for the successful completion of projects
  • Creates and executes (or facilitates the execution of) electric & hybrid powertrain system functionality/reliability testing/validation plans prior to vehicle insertion where/when appropriate; facilitates issue root-causing and resolution
  • Supports vehicle level validation plan development related to electric & hybrid powertrain system functionality & reliability, reviews the test results, and troubleshoots & resolves issues as needed
  • Creates and maintains design documentation including component requirements, functional analysis, boundary diagrams, DFMEA’s, DVP&R’s, trade studies, interface matrix, engineering print notation, technical risk assessments, and other diagrams.
  • Identifies & communicates risks related to the design, development, implementation, etc. of the electric & hybrid powertrain system and/or its integration with other systems/subsystems; works with the team to prioritize and develop & execute mitigations & contingency plans
  • Supports the development and continuous improvement of processes, tools, documentation, training materials, etc. to support a sustained capability within the organization
  • Performs other duties/assignments as requested

Technical Capabilities:

  • Experience in electromechnical components development.
  • In-depth understanding of various electric & hybrid vehicle architectures, systems, subsystems, etc. at various voltage levels (36V/48V, 100V, 350V+, etc.) including component design, selection, & mating
  • Selection and qualification of high voltage connectors and cabling.
  • Experience in assessment of Onboard Chargers and EVSE equipment including SAE J1772 standards
  • Assessment and testing of system and component EMI/EMC
  • System-level design of vehicle or machine control systems experience including system/subsystem level tradeoff analysis, troubleshooting, and calibration
  • Experience in thermal analysis for heat balance of electrical system operation in air cooled and liquid cooled systems
  • Experience in electrical rotational machine and motor controller trade off analysis, interface requirements and design selection
  • Hands on experience using electrical/software test and analysis equipment
  • Product development experience
  • Controller Area Network (CAN) experience (J1939 preferred)
  • Demonstrated success with engineering problem solving approach
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority
  • Demonstrated success working in cross-functional, multi-location teams
  • Highly developed computer skills using design/analysis and Microsoft Office software tools


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About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2021 sales of $8.2 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.