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Karma Automotive Sr. DRE - Electronic Control Units in Irvine, California

Southern California-based Karma is more than just a car company. Although we are best known as a creator of soul-stirring luxury electric vehicles, Karma has emerged as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a perfect platform to prove their emerging technologies. Every Revero is designed at our Headquarters in Irvine and created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, CA.

The Sr. DRE – Electronic Contol Units for automotive electronic control units or modules is responsible for specification, development, and validation of electronic modules in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle applications. Responsible for design and packaging of automotive electronic control modules and related accessories. Responsible for supplier management. May exercise technical direction over other engineers or engineering support personnel. Consults with supervisor as required.


  • Works with their supervisors and directors.

  • Directs engineers and outside companies engaged in program and project work.

  • Must display ability to identify problems, recommend solutions, and negotiate and execute contingency plans.

  • Manages, directs, and leads the problem resolution and tracking process and provides feedback on status to tracked problems.

  • Must be able to accept personal responsibility and accountability for major analytical and planning assignments.

  • Communicates directly with their direct management and cross-functional leaders as required.

  • Demonstrates strong teamwork skills by developing consensus and win-win situations.

  • Develops functionality rollout plan of feature content and solved issues.

  • Evaluates and recommends options consistent with industry best practices.

  • Design of electronic module housings for environmental sealing of electronics, incorporating robust attachment features for electronics.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Determines and sources suppliers for all components.

  • Releases the product into company’s release system.

  • Develops DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis) for recording potential failure modes and planned corrective actions.

  • Develops DVP&R incorporating all external, customer-specific, and internal functional and performance requirements, while maximizing subassembly design re-use and tool re-use.

  • Executes DVP&R, assisting with test setup and fixturing, identifying external testing resources, and managing testing through completion.

  • Develops bill-of-materials, parts drawings and specifications, and assembly instructions.

  • Works with engineers and technicians to design and build robust prototypes.

  • Bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) in Electrical/Computer/Mechanical/Industrial/Systems Engineering, or a related field of study/Master's Degree preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in microprocessor, automotive ECU, electrical/electronic hardware, and embedded software.

  • Expert knowledge in automotive communication protocols (e.g., CAN).

  • Expert knowledge in automotive vehicle mechanical and electrical system architectures (e.g., distributed control systems).

  • Expert knowledge of systems engineering principles and hardware and software design concepts.

  • Proven record of interpreting requirements from design to production.

  • 8 or more years of demonstrated progressive responsibility and hands on experience with vehicle system architectures and control systems.

  • Knowledge and execution of requirement management tools (e.g., DOORS, Integrity).

  • Knowledge and execution of software quality and processes (CMMI, Automotive SPICE).

  • Knowledge and execution of review and release of functional safety content.

  • Knowledge and execution of review with change management.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable.

    Preferred Qualifications (in addition to the required)

  • Master’s degree or PhD in a related field of study.

  • 8 or more years of relevant experience in the automotive industry.

  • 8 or more years of relevant experience in plug-in hybrid electrical vehicle applications.

NO 3rd Parties, Principals Only, Please

Join Karma as we transform transportation and mobility with innovative team work.

Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions. Relocation assistance may be available.

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender identity and expression, color, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), national origin/ancestry, religion, military/veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other characteristic and group protected by applicable law. Karma Automotive LLC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a physical or mental disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.

ID: 2020-3958

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Street: 9950 Jeronimo Rd.