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Refrigeration Engineer, HVAC and Thermal System

Company: Lucid Motors
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 13, 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.

We are currently seeking a Refrigeration Engineer to join HVAC and Thermal System team.  Prior refrigeration experience is required and seniority level will be determined on an individual basis.
Our ideal candidate exhibits a can-do attitude and approaches his or her work with vigor and determination. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellence in their respective fields, to possess the ability to learn quickly and to strive for perfection within a fast-paced environment.

The Role:

  • Lead development of Refrigeration System to meet thermal system and vehicle requirements while optimizing for efficiency, cost, weight, manufacturability, and serviceability
  • Tailor Refrigeration System architecture to achieve overall HVAC and Thermal System requirements
  • Use simulation tools to analyze the performance of several Refrigeration System configurations under specified conditions
  • Develop control models to optimize for performance, efficiency, noise, and cost
  • Create test plans, execute tests, and document results and findings
  • Interface with suppliers and internal customers to ensure timely program deliverables within budget
  • Support thermal system development through the vehicle lifecycle
  • Ensure vehicles conform to all applicable motor vehicle safety standards governing system operation


  • Proven track record of excellence in previous projects
  • 5+ years of practical experience with refrigeration cycles and refrigeration components - less experienced candidate will be considered provided the majority of Advantageous requirements are met
  • Practical knowledge of refrigeration controls
  • Experience with data acquisition systems and testing
  • Experience with test fixture design and part prototyping
  • Knowledge of engineering materials, processes, and tooling
  • Demonstrable motivation and ability to solve novel, difficult design problems with tight timing constraints
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Strong communication skills to engage in deep technical discussions with cross-functional teams


  • Experience with automotive refrigerant systems and its components
  • Experience with heat pumps
  • Experience with electric compressors and electric vehicles
  • Experience with automotive communication protocols (LIN, CAN)
  • Experience in thermal management, heat transfer, and fluid transfer
  • Experience working with automotive OEM’s and HVAC and Powertrain Cooling hardware suppliers
  • Experience with automotive Thermal Systems parts includinginlet plenums,filters, fans and blowers, HVAC modules, cabin ducting, heat exchangers, and fluid transfer components
  • Knowledge of industrial cooling and heating requirements and technical specifications
  • Proficiency in CATIA or other CAD packages 


  • Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent
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. 

Keywords: Lucid Motors, San Jose , Refrigeration Engineer, HVAC and Thermal System, Other , San Jose, California

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