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Sr. Tech Specialist, Durability

Company: Lucid Motors
Location: Oakland
Posted on: September 5, 2021

Job Description:

Leading the future in luxury electric and mobility
At Lucid, we set out to introduce the most captivating, luxury electric vehicles that elevate the human experience and transcend the perceived limitations of space, performance, and intelligence. Vehicles that are intuitive, liberating, and designed for the future of mobility.
We plan to lead in this new era of luxury electric by returning to the fundamentals of great design – where every decision we make is in service of the individual and environment. Because when you are longer bound by convention, you are free to define your own experience.
Come work alongside some of the most accomplished minds in the industry. Beyond providing competitive salaries, we’re providing a community for innovators who want to make an immediate and significant impact. If you are driven to create a better, more sustainable future, then this is the right place for you.
Notice regarding COVID-19 Vaccination for positions located in Newark, California
At Lucid (the “Company”), we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, and friends above all else. In response to the novel Coronavirus, and the increased transmissibility with recent variants, all Lucid Employees whose employment is based in Newark, current and future, must be fully vaccinated and provide proof thereof as a condition of continued or future employment with the Company.
Accommodations due to medical or religious exemptions will be considered.

As a Sr. Tech Specialist, Durability you will be working with a world class vehicle engineering team to build the best cars in the world. You will play a leading role in driving vehicle design using CAE to meet stringent durability requirements. You will be expected to demonstrate excellent technical skills, the ability to learn quickly and to strive for perfection within a fast-paced environment. 

The Role:

  • Define vehicle level, system and component requirements for a wide range of automotive systems
  • Lead and further build a team of durability analysis and test engineers
  • Develop and run a fully capable laboratory for structural testing
  • Develop test plans to support program objectives
  • Root cause failures
  • Maintain traceable documentation for all durability analysis and test work
  • Support the creation of standard work procedures for delivering quality models and simulation results
  • Lead and mentor junior engineers
  • Develop strength and durability finite element models for analysis and optimization of vehicle structure
  • Carryout static and fatigue analysis of vehicle structures
  • Develop CAE methods and process for solving engineering problems
  • Challenge established traditional CAE methods and process to improve efficiency and accuracy
  • Provide input in the creation of component specification, component DFMEA, and other technical design documents where analysis plays a pivotal role
  • Lead development of additional virtual and rig testing capabilities, including development of a virtual proving ground and rig tests
  • Perform a leading role in the development of durability loads, correlation, analysis, and results reporting
  • Primary responsibility of performing Durability simulation of vehicle structures using finite element tools such as Abaqus, NASTRAN, nCode Design Life, ANSA and HyperView / MetaPost
  • Setting up the sub-system and vehicle level performance attributes
  • Provide input in the creation of component specification, component DFMEA, and other technical design documents where analysis plays a pivotal role
  • Participate in developing analysis procedures for durability load cases and benchmarking


  • Bachelor’s degree or above in mechanical engineering or similar field
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Expertise in high cycle, low cycle and vibration fatigue
  • Knowledge of industry standard analysis and testing techniques
  • Knowledge of automotive proving ground test surfaces and SAE test specifications
  • Experience in durability test planning for vehicle level tests such as 4-poster / RLDA is a plus
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of mechanics of materials and in-depth knowledge of stress failure theory, buckling and fatigue theory
  • Understanding of multi-body dynamic load profiles and ability to intelligently apply for full-vehicle fatigue analysis
  • Proficiency in using ANSA, HyperMesh, HyperView, MetaPost, Abaqus, nCode, and LS-DYNA software
  • Expertise with application in the Linear/ Non-Linear static, Transient dynamic, Random Vibration fatigue of automotive structures is required
  • Strong academic background in mechanics of materials and in-depth knowledge of stress failure theory, buckling and fatigue theory, materials, and structural analysis
  • Experience with closures (side doors, tailgate, lift gate, hood) components and vehicle systems
At Lucid, we don’t just welcome diversity - we celebrate it! Lucid Motors is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, and any other characteristic protected under applicable State or Federal laws and regulations.
To all recruitment agencies: Lucid Motors does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our careers alias or other Lucid Motors employees. Lucid Motors is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. 

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