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Electric Vehicle Senior Functional Safety Engineer

Engineering – Portland, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Active
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Company Overview

kVA by UL is a technical and management consulting group, focused on automotive functional safety, ISO 26262 and autonomous driving safety. kVA by UL by provides technical consulting, audit & review services, and training to various industries including automotive, semiconductor and industrial equipment. We get the job done for our clients where safety is non-negotiable.

At kVA by UL we provide big-company stability in a small-company entrepreneurial environment.  We are leaders in our growing and dynamic industry.  To grow, we need great employees, employees who are willing to work hard, innovate, and make a difference. Join our exciting company and help kVA by UL develop the next generation of safe automotive systems.

Position Overview

kVA by UL is seeking a Electric Vehicle Senior Functional Safety Engineer to become an integral part of our growing team. This employee will consult with the clients to develop verified safe high voltage and electrical propulsion products. kVA by UL assures the safety of complex systems, ranging from autonomous vehicles to multi-core microprocessors to electric vehicle power trains. kVA by UL's experts are sought after by automotive experts worldwide as they develop advanced safety-relevant systems.

kVA by UL is a dynamic and growing company with offices in Royal Oak, MI, Greenville, SC and Portland, OR. As a thought leader in the safety of automotive systems, kVA by UL's mission is the safety of complex products. Our clients include six of the world's top ten automakers and five of the world's top ten automotive suppliers, as well as innovators in the fields of microprocessors, ASICs, autonomy software, and advanced sensing systems. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

Specific duties vary from project to project, but are likely to include:

  • Development of functional and technical safety concepts to achieve and maintain safety of xEV automotive systems per ISO 26262, ECE R100 and other high voltage safety requirements;
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis, using methods such as FMEA, FMEDA, FTA, and alternate safety analysis approaches; 
  • Requirements elicitation and test case development for safety-critical assurance processes; 
  • Implementation of safety management programs in product development settings; 
  • Design, development, integration, and test support at major OEM and supplier sites;
  • Review and provide feedback on xEV powertrain and high voltage systems; 
  • Review and analysis of test data; 
  • Troubleshoot and debug automotive xEV powertrain systems while training quality and manufacturing engineers about the product;
  • Guide the development and generation of product requirements specification based on Voice of Customer (VOC) inputs; 
  • Troubleshoot digital and analog electronic circuits in electronics assemblies;
  • Lead and participate in requirements testing and cost estimation, design reviews and other team development processes.


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or another related field; 
  • Five years of work experience in automotive xEV powertrains and/or systems including but not limited to new product development supporting electrical and electromechanical systems; designing Power Electronic Systems consisting of inverters and DC-DC converters; designing analog and digital circuits to support Power Electronic Circuits- power supplies, intelligent High side/Low side driver circuits, I/O signal conditioning and filtering circuits.
  • Strong understanding of mechanical or electrical systems in relation to automotive xEV powertrains; 
  • Experience with high voltage batteries, high voltage components, and xEV vehicle powertrains; 
  • Experience in developing software for safety critical systems in a regulated environment;

kVA by UL values a wide variety of technical experience, which may be in the field of electronic hardware, software, or systems engineering, or a combination of all these;

Working at kVA

kVA by UL offers a world-class working environment for motivated professionals. Along with competitive compensation, kVA by UL offers meaningful employee-friendly policies including:

  • A fast-paced, challenging, contact-rich environment working with leaders in advanced electronic systems;
  • Managers who are supportive while providing you room to develop and achieve your goals;
  • Extensive training opportunities for qualified candidates;
  • Flexible work locations including work-from-home flexibility on a regular basis, as well as a great office location in Portland, Oregon.
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Full suite of competitive benefits for you and your family, including comprehensive health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Retirement plan with company contributions
  • Long-term employee development programs including funded job training and sabbatical programs
  • Annual performance-based incentive pay

kVA by UL provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For more information about our company, please visit our website www.kvausa.com


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