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Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer



Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023
About Harbinger
Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Los Angeles-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.
Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.
Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.
Harbinger Motors is currently seeking an experienced engineer to join our team as early employee. As an early engineering employee, you will have various opportunities to shape the direction of the vehicle architecture, component detailed design, and overall company direction. The primary responsibility for this position will be the Powertrain system including Stator, Rotor and Drive Unit assemblies.

What You’ll Do:

  • Responsible working with the manufacturing team to define sequence and strategy for building at the rate defined by each phase of the program for the complete Powertrain - Rotor, Stator and Electric Drive Unit (EDU)
  • Jump into the execution of the Beta Prototype build and take ownership of equipment that is currently on order and being delivered
  • Work with a team to execute the Beta prototype build
  • Identify issues and improvements through the Beta prototype build and provide recommendations for product and process improvements moving from the Beta Prototype Build Phase into the initial Pilot Production Build Phase
  • Provide Design for manufacturing feedback to the engineering team on future designs to support the rate and quality targets defined by the program
  • Work with a team to help define all processes required for assembling the Powertrain (Stator, Rotor and EDU

Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in electrical, computer, mechanical, or related engineering field
  • Experience at the beginning of an automotive program building off of a clean slate
  • Diverse skill set with ability to contribute on other activities outside of primary job responsibilities
  • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical systems

A Harbinger of Good Things to Come...Here’s what we offer!

  • A mission oriented to changing the world for the better100% covered healthcare
  • Competitive pay and early-stage equity compensation
  • Collaborative work atmosphere that values multi-disciplinary thinking alongside other talented engineers and businesspeople (some of the best in the EV space!)
  • Cell Phone Stipend
  • Flexible paid time off
  • Paid lunches
Equal Opportunity
Harbinger is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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