Transit Systems 2021-01-04 2021-02-08

Senior Engineer 1 - (Electrical) Systems

Company: GILLIG, LLC View more listings
Location: Livermore, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 128736

GILLIG LLC is the largest and most dependable manufacturer of custom built buses for the passenger transit industry in North America. Our customers are in all 50 states, and include cities, counties, transit districts, universities and major private fleet operators. We are headquartered in Livermore, CA.

As the Senior Engineer 1 - (Electrical) Systems in the New Product Engineering team, you will be deeply engaged in the design, development, and integration of the electrical power and signal distribution for all future products. You will be part of the team to develop the first in class zero emission bus. You will have the opportunity to interpret the program requirements, conduct complex systems trades, develop electrical designs, and ensure the designs compliance to regulations as well as exceeding the industry standards. Assignments are broad in scope and highly complex that require outstanding creativity, superior initiative, good judgement, and leadership skill.

This position reports to the Engineering Supervisor, but may also get direction/guidance from senior engineers. This is a direct, full-time position with GILLIG.


  • Can communicate subsystem level design/idea to internal/external customers
  • Evaluates customer product requirements and develops product designs to meet customer needs
  • Interpret customer requirements, and map requirements onto existing designs when possible, and/or develop new designs when needed
  • Produce and/or evaluate possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, delivery and performance on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers and/or customer/supplier personnel
  • Release drawings accordingly to support production cost estimation and prototype quotes
  • Conceptualize appropriate electrical design including design for manufacture and assembly
  • Documentation of final design upon the successful development of component and simple subsystem, which includes releasing the final technical specification, related design calculation, and the design manual or guideline
  • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOM) along with all project documentation
  • Design and document solutions, within the scope of concepts, for components and modules, taking project guidelines (e.g. safety, quality, costs, weights and dates) into consideration
  • Detail electrical design including design for manufacture and assembly
  • Advise stakeholders on the technical issues that affect the product design, production cycle-time & cost
  • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled for problems or projects
  • Support production ramp & ongoing/continuous product/process improvement
  • Perform and coordinate laboratory testing of prototypes for sub system characterization
  • Work with the test engineer(s) to create DVP&R, execute the defined test plan and review the test results/reports
  • Conduct field testing and provide preliminary evaluations
  • Develop and maintain the technical specification for desired performance at the sub system level
  • Ability to prioritize assigned tasks to maintain schedule
  • Works independently on assigned subsystem tasks with some guidance required from senior engineers on sub system level tasks
  • Works productively with other engineers, designers, technicians, sales representatives, installers, and project managers so the project is delivered on schedule and on budget
  • Provide technical design support to sales, product engineering, manufacturing, and quality organizations
  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers at component and subsystem level
  • Organize design review with the manufacturing engineer team as well as project review with the management team to make sure product development completion on time
  • Support purchasing, field service and other internal customers as required
  • Lead or support prototype order and procurement
  • Operate in a team environment and provide input to design solution during the design development phase
  • Apply knowledge of company products, policies and practices to provide economies through standardization of parts and products.
  • Apply lean principles in designs and processes
  • Area of expertise at the subsystem level
  • Continually develops individual analytical skills and is also knowledgeable about the best tools and methods to analyze a given design problem and develop a good understanding of design risk factors. (Pre req for DFMEA line above)
  • Hands on troubleshooting of vehicle systems
  • Lead Root Cause Analysis

  • Understanding of Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Duty Cycle
  • Working knowledge in electrical power distribution including AC and DC systems
  • In-depth knowledge of the electrical load calculation and circuit protection
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot automotive electrical systems
  • Experienced with:

    • High voltage system design and necessary safety guidelines
    • Low voltage harness design
    • Generating harnesses and electrical schematic using CAD software

  • Familiarity with:

    • Automotive components such as circuit breakers, relays, and wiring, etc.
    • Automotive industry standards such as SAE, NFPA, FMVSS, etc.
    • Manufacturing processes and environment

  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum 5 years of engineering experience
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor work visas now or in the future.

  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Working environment is primarily indoors (office and production environment), however, at times may require time spent outdoors
  • Regularly required to sit, stand, and walk; occasionally kneel or squat
  • May be required to work overtime based on business needs
  • Limited domestic travel
  • Start Time 6AM

GILLIG offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including 100% company-paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for employees and their families. Other benefits include a unique 401k profit-sharing plan. We are an equal opportunity employer that supports a drug-free workplace.


GILLIG is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Transit Job Listing - Senior Engineer 1 - (Electrical) Systems