Lead Platform Engineer – Loveland, CO





Lead Platform Engineer – fast growing company!

It is an exciting time at Lightning eMotors, a fast growing company that designs and manufactures zero emission all-electric powertrains for commercial vehicles.  We are seeking a talented Lead Platform Engineer to join our team of outstanding professionals at our Loveland, Colorado headquarters.  Our products are meticulously and intelligently designed to deliver value to our customers and you will be an integral part of the process.  This is your opportunity to work with like-minded, passionate, technical professionals dedicated to making a difference in the world.  We are a growing team of talented individuals who are accustomed to wearing multiple hats, working collaboratively, and comfortable expressing ideas to a receptive management team.

Why join Lightning?

We expect 2021 to be a game-changing year for us as we have just gone public!  This will enable us to continue scaling our manufacturing and engineering capabilities, and maintain our leadership in the commercial electric vehicle space.

With 10 years in R&D, Lightning is ahead of the game with our dominant market positioning, proprietary technology, and highly experienced management team.

Please visit www.lightningemotors.com to learn more!

About the position:

The Lead Platform Engineer participates in the design, implementation, maintenance, and evolution of electric vehicle systems.  You enjoy exploring and brainstorming new product features to help operate systems more effectively, working to improve engineering quality and operational excellence for the whole team, and developing strategies to increase customer satisfaction while working to reduce costs and labor.

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the successful candidate in this critical role will be responsible for bridging the gap between software, hardware, testing, and customer management teams so that all teams may execute effectively and efficiently.

Snapshot of key accountabilities:

  • Work with Mechanical and Controls teams to manage on time release of platform product development
  • Work with Data Analytics team to understand and improve vehicle performance
  • Incorporate field reliability and customer feedback from the Customer Operations team and Technical Account Managers into product roadmap
  • Generate high-level system and component design specifications and objectives
  • Implement cost reduction and labor reduction strategies
  • Track engineering related KPIs for specific platform (including uptime, reliability, cost, assembly time, etc)

Skills/Experience/Knowledge required:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Mechatronics, Controls, Electrical or similar)
  • 5 or more years of experience as a Lead Project Engineer, Controls/Systems Engineer, Design Engineer, or similar role
  • Ability to generate system boundary diagrams and DFMEAs
  • Experience with writing component and system specifications to meet high level objectives
  • Experience in turning customer expectations into engineering requirements
  • Experience managing project timelines and budgets


  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics
  • Ability to read and interpret control logic diagrams
  • Knowledge and practical application of 3D CAD systems (PTC Creo preferred)
  • Experience with writing control logic in Simulink, LabVIEW, Raptor, and/or Motohawk
  • Experience with CAN bus diagnostics and data logging with CANalyzer, PCAN and/or Kvaser
  • Experience with high-voltage DC systems, particularly in PHEV, EV, or FCEV applications
  • Understanding of basic EV system architecture and components

Soft Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong analytic and problem solving skills and ability to collect, organize, analyze, and report on data with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-starter, able to start and complete projects quickly and independently
  • Experience building strong partnerships with other employees
  • Experience leading and motivating cross-functional teams
  • Experience working in fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to influence the business at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to prioritize and execute work among competing priorities

Benefits offered:

Once hired, employees are offered generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance
  • Health Savings Account and Health Reimbursement Plan (if enrolled in medical plan)
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Time Off (accrued)
  • Paid holidays
  • Short and Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program


  • 85,000 – 105,000