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Cummins Inc. Technical Specialist - Battery Modeling and Controls in Columbus, Indiana

Technical Specialist - Battery Modeling and Controls


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

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Our Business Unit delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Columbus, IN for a Technical Specialist - Battery Modeling and Controls.

  • In this position, the candidate will support the development of a variety of battery control strategies and methods that ensure optimal and safe battery operation. This includes control-oriented battery modeling, state estimation, calibration and validation at all levels (cell to pack).

  • The ideal candidate for this role will design algorithms to estimate and optimize battery performance, and to prolong battery life by actively addressing cell degradation. Additionally, the person in this role will interface with various engineering groups to define key Battery Management System (BMS) requirements & guidelines for system level validation.

  • Delivers independent execution of established and emerging work processes and systems, while still developing technology or product knowledge.

  • Leads the development and improvement of work processes and systems across a functional discipline area within a business unit.

  • Coordinates and directs work amongst technicians and temporary student employees, assists in the transfer of knowledge to lesser experienced engineers through either indirect (scope of influence) or direct management of a small, local group of engineers.

  • Provides support and guidance to influence technical direction within a project team and continues to develop proficiency in the competency areas critical to success in the role (see “competencies” below).

  • Operates as a recognized specialist in a discipline or product area within the immediate team.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent Bachelor's degree in Engineering or other relevant technical disciplines is required. Post-graduate (Master's) degree relevant to this discipline area may be required for select roles. M.S. in engineering with a minimum 3 years of experience or Ph.D. in engineering with a good publication record in battery modeling and control


Prior Senior or Lead Engineer equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is required with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving and quality decision making. Knowledge of MS Office tools is preferred.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop control-oriented battery models (electrical and/or electrochemical, thermal)

  • Design battery state of charge/health/power, temperature, and fault estimation algorithms

  • Design experiments at the cell/module/pack levels to characterize and validate developed control oriented models & algorithms

  • Work with software engineering and firmware engineering teams to define requirements for battery management system software

  • Collaborate with the electrochemistry team to understand battery behavior and design necessary test plans for battery management system development

  • Interface with thermal modeling group to understand thermal system behavior and limitations for battery management system development

  • Support to establish hardware in the loop (HIL) capabilities for BMS development and testing

  • Deep understanding of battery modeling, estimation, and control methods

  • Experience with control-oriented battery models (e.g. equivalent circuit models, reduced order electrochemical models, and thermal models) for estimation and control

  • Model-based estimation and control algorithms (e.g., Kalman filters, Particle filter) development, implementation, calibration, code optimization, and experimental validation experience

  • Expertise in MATLAB/Simulink. Experience in functional safety and AUTOSAR is a plus

  • Good understanding of battery behavior from beginning of life through end of life

  • Good understanding of mechanical, electrical, electrochemical, and thermal systems

  • Excellent communication skills and team-working spirits

  • Self-starter and able to multi-task in fast paced environment

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience plus bonus. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

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At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-Indiana-Columbus-US, IN, Columbus, Cummins Tech Center

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Dec 3, 2019, 1:51:27 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 1900039A