Vehicle Control Systems Engineer

Arc

Arc

Software Engineering
United States · Canada · Mexico · Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2023

What we’re building

Our vision is to electrify all waterborne vessels, and we're starting with electric water sport boats.

Gas boats dominate today’s marine industry not because of great product offerings but because of a lack of better alternatives. Boaters have grown accustomed to vehicles that feel stuck in the 1980s: unreliable, expensive, loud, noxious, and a nightmare to own and operate. They’re also awful for the water and air they reside in.

By contrast, electric boats are superior in nearly every way: not only are they far more reliable and less costly to operate, but they’re also quieter, quicker, and cleaner, with no fumes or pollutants. However, they’ve been held back by both the technology and the talent to make them truly competitive with gas alternatives. That’s Arc’s opportunity.

Using modern, aerospace- and automotive-inspired techniques, we’re building our hulls, batteries, cooling systems, firmware, and software together to deliver the next generation of watercraft.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone that is excited by our vision, eager for a challenge, and willing to learn on the job. We pride ourselves on transparency and operate in a lean, high-trust environment that encourages everyone to take ownership over their domain.

You will be a full-time member of our control systems team and will work from our manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. Given that we’re a startup, you will be working in a fast-moving, dynamic environment that requires adaptability. That said, here are some responsibilities and qualifications we expect to stay relatively constant for this role.

Core responsibilities

  • Architecting complex state machines and state flows for vehicle systems
  • Developing robust, performant controls software and algorithms
  • Establishing practices for controls development, testing, and implementation
  • Conducting unit and system level testing of component controls
  • Debugging controls systems through both bench and vehicle testing
  • Managing projects from early design through testing, production, and delivery
  • Contributing to the overall electrical system design
  • Supporting the design of next generation products and systems

Basic qualifications

  • At least 4 years of industry experience in a robotics, automotive, or embedded environment
  • Experience integrating complex mechanical, electrical, and software systems
  • Proficiency programming in model-based design MATLAB/Simulink environments
  • Knowledge of CAN bus and CAN bus development tools

Bonus qualifications

  • Excellent grasp of EV powertrain systems
  • Proficiency in C++ and embedded microprocessor tools
  • Exposure to communication protocols including UART, SPI, I2C, and Ethernet
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced manufacturing setting
  • Ability to articulate and defend engineering decisions
  • Clear written and verbal communication
  • Strong time management skills
  • Comfortable working 50 hours a week
  • Enthusiasm for boating and clean energy

At Arc, we encourage diversity and consider all qualified applicants equally for employment, regardless of background, identity, or status. You’re always welcome to reach out even if you don’t meet many of these qualifications. Passion and aptitude make up for a lot.

What we value

We value these five things above all else:

  • Ownership over both your work and the company’s success
  • Empathy for colleagues and for customers
  • Humility in problem solving and collaboration
  • Pragmatism for navigating ambiguity quickly and sensibly
  • Diversity of background, opinion, culture, etc.

Given that we work in a sometimes intense or stressful environment, it’s vital that our values align. We’d be happy to elaborate on any or all of these during the interview process.

What you’ll get

  • Talented teammates that challenge you to be better
  • Access and often input to a wide range of business activities
  • Salary between $100,000 - $160,000 per year
  • A meaningful equity stake
  • An opportunity to have an outsized impact on industry-defining vehicles
  • The ability to drive positive environmental change through your work
  • Nearly free health insurance (we cover 99%) and a 401k
  • Generous parental leave
  • Daily lunches, plenty of snacks, lots of swag, and more
  • Boat rides!

Hope to hear from you soon!

The crew at Arc