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Wire Harness Engineer

Motiv Power Systems

Motiv Power Systems

Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2024

What Makes Motiv Special?

Through a radically different approach to building electric trucks that combines our own patented IP with strategic partnerships, we have developed a line of all-electric medium-duty trucks and buses used in a range of applications. Our next-generation electric truck, the Argo, is coming out in 2024.

The ideal candidate will want to be part of the team leading the commercial electric truck industry. Our trucks and buses have logged millions of customer-driven miles and tens of millions of pounds delivered in the US and Canada while reducing millions of pounds of CO2 emissions. You will be joining us at a critical inflection point in our growth, when, in addition to launching our Argo truck, we are significantly expanding our products, capacity and market volume.

Motiv’s core values are deep passion, curiosity, collaboration, customer focus and “owning it.” If those are values you share, we would love to talk with you about joining our team and taking your career to the next level in one of the hottest technology sectors. To succeed in this job, you must be able to perform the duties listed below – and others as required.

Motiv is seeking an experienced Wire Harness Engineer to design automotive grade wire harnesses and coordinate with work with engineering teams and harness suppliers to obtain high quality harness materials. In this role, you will be responsible for leading the design of wire harness and electrical distribution systems across functional teams as required to meet program milestones and required tasks. Our ideal candidate must have a high degree of technical competence, written and verbal communication skills, and be comfortable working independently or collaboratively in order to design and develop prototypes. Other responsibilities will include but not limited to work with design engineers to troubleshoot, document, and put explicit plans into action on our assembly lines and test configurations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


Design and develop hardware that includes but is not limited to:

  • Design routing and retention of harnesses, cables, and connectors, that allow ease of assembly, service, and robust functionality
  • Develop BOM, GD&T, materials specifications
  • Create and manage CAD (3D models, assemblies, 2D drawings) using SolidWorks and in CATIA for:
  • Battery mounting structures, Driveline structures and components, Power Electronics structures, and enclosures
  • High voltage and low voltage harnesses, cables, and connectors
  • Manage BOM accuracy and ensure CAD to BOM alignment.
  • Establish consistent drafting standards, CAD modeling and dimensioning techniques
  • Interface with OEMs and suppliers for CAD data transfer
  • Participate in design reviews and provide technical assistance as required
  • Develop specifications, design rules, test methods, validation strategy and acceptance criteria
  • Lead resolution of design, manufacturing, supplier quality issues; provide on-site build support
  • Design and develop technical requirements for interfacing systems (give and get)
  • Interface cross-functionally to drive program delivery
  • Support field issues resolution and drive lessons learned into upstream design process
  • Strong advocacy for rigorous engineering discipline throughout the organization
  • Working with vendors and partners (current and potential) to consider new component integration into Motiv’s powertrain
  • Participate in developing next generation ideas and state of art technology in the heavy-duty electric vehicle industry

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proactive and independent with the ability to take initiative
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision while producing high quality output in timely manner
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment
  • High level of accuracy; ability to work with tight schedules and ambiguity in startup environment
  • Proficient with CATIA Electrical
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software

Education and Experience:

  • 4-year Engineering degree and 2+ years of relevant experience or equivalent
  • Knowledge of high voltage electrical systems
  • 2-3 years of experience in CATIA Electrical Schematic Package
  • Model development and simulation tools
  • Wiring harness designs
  • Knowledge of high voltage electrical systems
  • Experience with Bill of Material and Change Management Systems
  • Strong knowledge of automotive product development systems and design disciplines
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills – ability to present to wider audiences

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times

Salary Range:

  • $101,100-$129,900.00 (Salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and training.)

This position is based in Foster City, CA.

Candidates only please; no recruiters.

Benefits & Perks

  • US Based Employees: Competitive and comprehensive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Dental, Vision, HSA, Health & Dependent Care FSA, 401(k) with company match, company paid Basic Life and AD&D, employee paid Voluntary Life and AD&D.
  • Generous PTO policy, 11 Paid Company Holidays
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and Education Reimbursement
  • Fresh daily snacks and a healthy Work/Life Balance
  • Access to Perks at Work - Discounted learning, tickets, electronics, travel, health, restaurants & retail.
  • Free Online Training & Development
  • Bicycle friendly, with bike storage available to all Foster City employees with a 5 minute walk to the scenic Bay Front.
  • Regular Happy Hours, Company Cultural Events, and more!

About Motiv

Motiv Power Systems is the medium-duty commercial electric vehicle (EV) leader that Frees Fleets From Fossil Fuels. Founded in 2009, the Bay Area-based, commercial EV company draws on 15 years of experience to create accessible, cost-effective, and innovative electric trucks and buses for organizations that are the backbone of the economy.

Motiv has more than 150 all-electric trucks and buses on the road with businesses of all sizes, across a broad spectrum of industries, including linen, parcel, food, hospitality, airports, higher education, pupil transportation, and more. Motiv vehicles operate at over 98 percent uptime, and have logged more than three million miles, while also offering fleets up to 85 percent operation and maintenance cost savings. Motiv’s proven EV technology provides operators with a healthier, smoother, and more profitable driving experience.