Senior R&D Engineer – Loveland, CO

Lightning Systems, a growing company that designs and manufactures zero emission all-electric powertrains for medium to heavy duty vehicles, is seeking a talented Senior R&D Engineer to join our team of outstanding professionals.  Our products are meticulously and intelligently designed to deliver and you will be an integral part of the new product development process.  This is your opportunity to work with like-minded passionate, technical professionals dedicated to making a difference in the world.  We are a small but mighty company of 60 employees who are accustomed to wearing multiple hats, working collaboratively, and comfortable expressing their ideas to a receptive management team.  Our team is competent with a strong work ethic with a “do what it takes” mentality to meet deadlines.

More about us:

Our products include all-electric powertrains for the Ford 350HD Passenger Wagon and Cargo Van, Ford E450 Shuttle Bus and Cutaway models, Chevrolet 6500SD Low Cab Forward model, and 30, 35, and 40-foot transit buses.  Our team works with commercial fleets to provide the right electric powertrain to align with their preferred vehicles and application.  Lightning’s products improve a fleet’s operating costs and make sure they are driving the cleanest and most advanced technology available.  Simply put, we have a commitment to environmental responsibility, exceptional quality and quiet, powerful performance. Our electric powertrains provide savings on fuel and fueling time, lower maintenance costs, dramatic reduction in brake wear, more vehicle uptime without emission testing or oil changes, significant savings on operating costs, and cleaner air.

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About the position:

Reporting to the Director of New Product Development, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Given high-level objectives conceptualize, design, and test new systems and products
  • Investigate new technologies and components for application in Lightning Systems products
  • Create DVP&R’s for new systems and designs
  • Commission and troubleshoot new products, both in the lab and in the field
  • Refine complex data sets into usable information and reports
  • Create system-level designs of various mechatronics systems related to commercial EV’s

Skills/Experience/Knowledge required:


  • 5+ years experience as a Controls Engineer, Design Engineer, Test Engineer, or similar role
  • Experience with writing control logic in Simulink, LabVIEW, Raptor, and/or Motohawk
  • Proficient in CAN bus diagnostics and data logging with CANalyzer, PCAN and/or Kvaser, LIN, serial or other network communications protocol
  • Understand how to read and interpret electrical and hydraulic schematics
  • Experience with the design of thermal management systems, vehicle systems preferred
  • Experience with writing component and system specifications to meet high level objectives
  • Bachelors (ABET) in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Controls Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar degree

Desired experience in the following:

  • Experience with high-voltage DC systems, particularly in PHEV, EV, or FCEV applications
  • Understanding of basic EV system architecture and components
  • Knowledge and practical application of CAD systems
  • Experience in turning customer expectations into engineering requirements


We offer a strong benefits package including a generous paid time off policy.