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Sr. Powertrain Control Systems Engineer

Wyoming, MN
Posted on oct. 31, 2022 Full time R14940
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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.


Polaris Industries, a global leader in the powersports industries with iconic brands such as Indian Motorcycle, RZR and Ranger, is recruiting for a Powertrain Controls System Engineer.  This position is part of a small team responsible for the advanced control strategies at the heart of the vehicle which impact powertrain, driveline and vehicle functions for future cutting-edge vehicles.  Powertrain Controls Systems engineer’s responsibility is to develop Powertrain control systems architecture including control modules, sensors, actuators, and software for Polaris Vehicles.  Specific focus on powertrain system integration including engine, electronic throttle, transmission, driveline, cooling, and fuel systems controls which includes functional, diagnostic, and application interfaces to other vehicle control modules.  Support the overall PT control systems strategy and plan including control system architecture, requirements definition and associated projects including schedules, budgets, and software validation plans.  Significant collaboration with the calibration engineers, systems engineers, controller leads and product groups for successful powertrain control system integration into the vehicle meeting all requirements around performance, drivability, emissions, and functional safety. 


  • Lead powertrain control systems engineering projects as assigned including control modules, sensors, actuators, motors, low-level drivers, and functional level software for Polaris vehicles working directly with the powertrain calibration leads, chassis, and strategic supplier partners.
  • Manage software scope and schedules internally and with supplier partners.
  • Manage software requirements definition and validation using tools such as Jama
  • Coordinate HARA and FMEA process for powertrain control system including hardware, electrical sensors/actuators/harness, and software.
  • Recommend control system improvements to meet vehicle performance, reliability, quality, and cost targets.  
  • Participate in controller software meetings, understand engine control module (ECM) software function and recommend / validate algorithm changes.
  • Coordinate testing aspects of engine and vehicle development projects:  develop test criteria, systems requirement specifications, create test plans, set goals, objectives and schedules.
  • Responsible for data integrity and all technical aspects of the testing process.  
  • Test new or improved powertrain control system components. Develop engine integration and work very closely with the other members of the calibration team, design and hardware groups. 
  • Interact and direct resources at multiple Powertrain and product group engineering sites.  Interface with vendors on purchased controls and controllers. 
  • Support diagnostic system development including service tools, guided diagnostics
  • Support the service team to resolve field issues as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • BS engineering degree with a minimum of 5 years of engine testing and calibration development related experience.  Vehicle Powertrain integration experience preferred.
  • Extensive experience with electro-mechanical sensors/actuators, vehicle controllers, software, diagnostic tools, and vehicle CAN.
  • Project management experience with developing and managing complex engineering projects including scope, schedules, budgets and risk management
  • Technical presentation skills to a wide variety of audiences preferred
  • Systems engineering experience including functional requirements, FMEA, DVP&R, and functional safety including HARA, ISO26262 and ASIL/MSIL
  • Knowledge of Otto and Diesel engine combustion cycles, performance, and emissions controls
  • Knowledge and experience with data analysis techniques and tools including Excel, Matlab, Concerto, Minitab, etc.
  • Experience with ETAS/INCA, ATI/Vision, Jira/Confluence, Simulink, ASCET, and CAN architecture
  • Experience developing SI emissions control systems (closed-loop, catalyst, ETC) preferred
  • Powersports vehicle riding experience including ATVs, Side-by-Sides, and motorcycles preferred
  • Hands-on experience repairing / rebuilding small engines or automotive engines preferred


  • Position will be based out of the Wyoming MN or Novi MI office
  • Fast paced testing and vehicle field development environment
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time to areas in the continental U.S. including supplier-partner visits and in-field vehicle development trips

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

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.