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Propulsion System Functional Safety Engineer – PSP

Propulsion System Functional Safety Engineer – PSP
by Admin on 05-12-2023 at 1:58 pm

Website Altair

Job Summary:

Our client in Windsor, ON is looking for a Propulsion System Functional Safety Engineer – PSP. This is a contract position.

What You Will Do:

Electronic controls are critical to the operation of modern vehicle propulsion systems.  These controls – made up of computer modules, sensors, actuators, and software – are tasked to monitor and control vehicle operation to meet safety and emissions requirements while delivering the expected vehicle performance.

Within our client´s SDO (Safety, Diagnosability and On-Board Diagnostics) safety designer is responsible to know the regulatory and non-regulatory requirements during normal operation that are associated with their assigned functional areas  They are also responsible for identifying the potential hazards related to the controls function (Item Definition, Hazard and Risk Analysis), define the strategies to avoid them (Functional and Technical Safety Concepts, supported by the Fault Tree Analysis and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), support the software and application teams for the correct implementation of those requirements, and support the calibration and validation of those strategies.  The functional safety engineers will be responsible for the complete safety life cycle for propulsion system control items according to ISO 26262:2018 and to follow our client´s procedures to comply with the ISO standard.

Main mission of the SDO Designer:

  • Define the safety requirements at the propulsion system level for one or more propulsion system functions.
  • Provide those safety requirements to the SDO manager to support propulsion system programs.

The SDO Safety Designer has the following main responsibilities:

  • Deliver the regulatory and non-regulatory safety requirements, and the functional safety requirements (per ISO26262), for propulsion system electronic controls design and development.
  • Support propulsion program execution by participation in supplier requirements review, Safety Release reviews, development and validation activities, and issue resolution.
  • As required, perform detailed requirements development for new features and/or newly integrated electronic controls functionality.

In more detail, the propulsion system functional safety engineer is responsible for:

  • Supporting the creation and maintenance of the Safety Plan of the item development.
  • Creating, reviewing and maintaining the Item definition.
  • Performing the Impact Analysis and assessing the impact on the ISO 26262 work products of any change occurring to the item during the development.
  • Creating, reviewing and maintaining the Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment.
  • Supporting the creation and the evaluation of Controllability metrics and a Controllability preassessment report.
  • Creating, reviewing and maintaining the Functional Safety Concept.
  • Creating, reviewing and maintaining the Technical Safety Requirements specifications and the Technical Safety Concept.
  • Supporting the allocation of the Technical Safety Requirements to HW and SW elements.
  • Supporting the creation and the updates of the System Architecture of the item.
  • Supporting the creation and maintenance of the Development Interface Agreement with all the nominated suppliers of the elements of the item.
  • Supporting the creation and the evaluation of the System Safety Analyses (FTA, FMEA, DFA) of the item.
  • Supporting the planning of Safety Verification & Validation activities at different integration levels.
  • Supporting the creation of test cases, their execution and evaluation of the results.
  • Identifying all the Safety Requirements for Production, Operation, Service and Decommissioning of the vehicle and supporting the Production Process. Assessment and the creation and the updates of the vehicle manuals for User/Owners and Service and Repair.
  • Creating, reviewing and maintaining the Safety Case of the item.
  • Supporting the Safety Assessment of the item and of the whole vehicle.

Main organizational interactions:

  • SDO designers.
  • SDO tech fellows.
  • Functional and control designers and managers.
  • Validation and calibration teams.
  • Propulsion project teams.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of proven experience in automotive engineering.
  • 3-5 years of experience.
  • Have had Functional Safety Training/Experience per ISO-26262.
  • Great communication skills – able to speak in technical terms and be able on elaborate engineering and/or safety requirements.
  • Automotive industry experience (in Electronic Controls).
  • Positive, highly motivated self-starter with a track record of “getting things done”.
  • Good analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate technical information effectively to all audiences, in all situations.
  • Flexibility — must be able to adapt to changing environment, work in spite of ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups.


  • Master’s Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of proven experience in automotive engineering.
  • Knowledge or experience in creation, review and management of deliverables according to the ISO 26262:2018 standard for automotive functional safety.
  • Knowledge or experience with IBM Doors or other ALM tool.
  • Knowledge or experience with the Dassault ENOVIA systems engineering PLM tool.
  • Knowledge or experience with Ansys Medini Analyze tool.
  • Knowledge or experience with automotive diagnostics management.
  • Knowledge or experience with propulsion system controls design, development and calibration.

How You Will Be Successful:

  • Envision the Future
  • Communicate Honestly and Broadly
  • Seek Technology and Business “First”
  • Embrace Diversity and Take Risks

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package
  • 401(k) with matching contributions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free training on all Altair products

Why Work with Us:

Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing (HPC). Altair enables organizations in nearly every industry to compete more effectively in a connected world, while creating a more sustainable future. With more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers in 25 countries, we help solve our customer’s toughest challenges and deliver unparalleled service, helping the innovators innovate, drive better decisions, and turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s opportunities.

Our vision is to transform customer decision making with data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing.

For more than 30 years, we have been helping our customers integrate electronics and controls with mechanical design to expand product value, develop AI, simulation and data-driven digital twins to drive better decisions, and deliver advanced HPC and cloud solutions to support unlimited idea exploration. To learn more, please visit

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