Systems Engineer


Fenton, MI, US

Entry Level:  Professionals (3+ years)
Function:  R&D/Engineering

Position Summary:

Development and design thermal systems for electric vehicles. This includes heating and cooling passenger compartments, batteries and power electronics. Main focus is busses, heavy and medium duty trucks, off highway machines and military vehicle.

The systems will be based on standard components, developed by Webasto’s HQ. 

Tasks include:  Understand, define and summarize customer requirements. Calculate and simulate potential solutions. Develop generic and customer specific application solutions. Install complete systems at Webasto and at customer site. System testing. Documentation of system (Drawings, BOMs, schematics, reports etc.)

Responsible for Webasto’s standard Thermal System components in NA.

Responsibility could be increased to perform similar duties in other product areas.



Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 Interact with customers by developing application solutions for specific vehicles.

 Interact extensively with Webasto HQ in Italy and Germany and a global supplier base to provide thermal application solutions.  

 Work with customers to assess their application design requirements.  Define the specifications, products and accessories to fulfill the agreed requirements.

 Based on agreed customer requirements, develop the scope of application delivery.

 Prepare all documentation necessary for production as well as customer support. (Drawings, BOM, schematics, installation instructions etc.)



 BSME, Mechanical Engineering or BSEE Electrical Engineer

Major: Control Engineering, Refrigeration Engineering, Thermodynamics, Bus communication systems (CAN-, LIN-Bus)

  • Familiarity with EV HVAC and thermal management systems
  • Familiarity with controlling thermal needs in electric vehicles
  • MS Office  (Word, Excel, Project, Power Point)
  • 5 years’ experience in the EV industry as System / Applications Engineer, heating, cooling and thermal management or similar.
  • Knowledge of engineering simulation tools (e.g. MATLAB- Simulink)
  • Knowledge of 3D CAD systems (CATIA or similar)


 Knowledge and proficiency of: 

  • Engineering and design of vehicle HVAC systems and components.
  • Working knowledge of heating and cooling components and systems.
  • Working knowledge of electronic controls and operating systems.
  • Working knowledge thermodynamics, CFD, heat load calculation programs.
  • Customer Interface;  
  1. Capable of direct customer interface and support to specify heating and cooling systems and components with rudimentary inputs from the customer.
  • Prototype installation
  • Follow ISO14001/9001, IATF/TS16949 processes, as required.


Personal Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Acts autonomous
  • Team orientated and structured
  • Problem and conflict resolution
  • Target and deliverable focused
  • Demonstrated leadership skills





Webasto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against  race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status. 

Nearest Major Market: Flint
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit