Motor Control Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies is a high-performance technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in industries as diverse as health, public transport, automotive and motorsport.


The Role:

McLaren Applied Technologies has a strong history of producing high performance motor control electronics and software and we are currently growing this area of the business.  As a Motor Control Engineer you will sit within the wider Control Systems team and will develop electric motor controls for a range of motorsports and automotive applications.  You will develop both low level power switching algorithms and also the high level torque and mode control from concept design through to practical validation on test rigs and dyno test facilities. You will work with our electronic design and embedded software teams to develop control algorithms.



  •  First class degree or upper 2nd in relevant engineering or science subjects or equivalent experience


Skills and Experience:

  • Proven experience of designing motor control switching algorithms in either Simulink or VHDL for implementation onto FPGA hardware or microcontrollers.
  • Technical experience with Synchronous Permanent Magnet motor behaviours and control challenges, especially with the motor switching algorithms.
  • Solid knowledge of SPM operation and control algorithms including field weakening.
  • Experience with C and VHDL for control system implementation. 
  • Solid understanding of the requirements for the power and sensing electronics required for SPM control.
  • Abilty to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and work within a matrix organisation.


In addition the following skills and experience are desirable;

  • Any experience with high speed switching technologies, including SiC semiconductors.
  • Experience with the design of automotive electronics and software (ISO26262 and AUTOSAR).
  • Experience with motor efficiency, thermal and performance testing.
  • Experience with developing advanced motor control strategies i.e sensorless control.
  • Experience with Hardware in the Loop simulation, especially dSpace systems.
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink for control system modelling and code generation.

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