Senior Vehicle Test Engineer, Autonomous Vehicle Development

  • Cruise
  • Milford, MI
  • Feb 24, 2022
Engineering: All

Job Description

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

About the role:

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Vehicle Test Engineer to join our Hardware team at Cruise. Your work will help to ensure that the Cruise autonomous vehicle systems are meeting all reliability, safety and regulatory requirements while achieving an industry-leading level of performance!

In this role, you will work closely with multi-functional teams as well as external partners to develop and implement closed-course vehicle testing programs. You will be leading the design and execution of vehicle system tests. You will perform hands-on problem solving alongside your team, becoming a domain expert and go-to person for all things related to Autonomous Vehicle Testing.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead planning and execution of closed-course autonomous vehicle system testing
  • Communicate and raise issues, as appropriate, with internal and external teams
  • Create Verification and Validation (V&V) plans for meeting functional and performance requirements of autonomous vehicles
  • Create and maintain test strategy, test cases and test plans based on test scenarios and requirements; define metrics, interfaces, and develop test methods for vehicle testing
  • Collaborate with project management teams to define the vehicle configuration, install instrumentation and coordinate track scheduling
  • Support multi-functional root causes analyses of sophisticated fleet-wide issues, affecting hardware, software, integration, and the vehicle system
  • Build scripts for vehicle data post-processing and analysis
  • Source and manage test instrumentation and testing equipment

What you must have:

  • BS degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Automotive, Industrial, or similar Engineering background
  • 5+ years of experience related to systems testing in automotive, robotics, or similar fields
  • Experience with AV / ADAS testing equipment and interface tools, i.e. 4A systems, AB Dynamics, OxTS, Applanix, Intrepid systems, Vector
  • Experience with V&V frameworks and requirements based testing
  • Test case / test plan / test procedure development through test execution and results reporting
  • Hands-on experience working with and debugging complex hardware and software systems
  • Strong intuition regarding issue prioritization and escalation
  • Passion and enthusiasm for autonomous technology
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Bonus points!

  • Programming skills for purposes of automated testing and data processing, i.e. scripting, python, C++.
  • Experience with robotics middleware and communication such as ROS
  • Proficiency with Linux based operating systems
  • Understanding of vehicle communication protocols (CAN, CAN-FD, LIN, Ethernet)
  • Experience with autonomous driving compute systems, sensors and communication protocols

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental leave
    • Fertility Benefits 
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Vaccine Mandate. 

At Cruise, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #StaySafe culture transcends and informs all we do, and because of this, as of October 31, 2021 Cruise will be mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all US-based Cruisers who need or want to access any of our US Cruise facilities and engage in any business travel — including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event. 

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a strongly-held religious belief, Cruise will consider requests for an accommodation.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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