Controls Vehicle Engineer 

LOCATION: Rochester Hills / Michigan (US-MI), United States | BRAND: Sheppard | REQUISITION ID: 477 | JOB GRADE: 17 


Founded in 1937, R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. has a rich history of innovative design and American manufacturing excellence. Headquartered in Hanover, Pa., our dedicated team of over 700 employees supply components for the trucking and transportation industry worldwide. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and a proud member of Knorr-Bremse.

Whatever your career path – whether it’s product innovation through engineering, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in some other way, Sheppard – a Bendix CVS Company – delivers. Visit us online at



Senior Controls Vehicle Engineer


Position Summary: 

This position is responsible for design, development, application, testing, and release of next generation Driver Assistance products (Steering) and features for commercial vehicles. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Assignments will include control system design, product and feature design, requirements definition, cross-product communication interfaces, product testing, and release.
  • Understanding and refining requirements for new driver assistance product opportunities.
  • Model based development of control systems, including bench prototyping and testing all the way to code generation and embedded software for final product validation.
  • Develop and execute technical plans (analysis, simulation, vehicle test) to validate system release and product applications
  • Release of products and documentation pertaining For Active steering system offerings at customers compliant with the Global Change Management process and ASPICE concepts (V-model development, requirements traceability), using tools such as Teamcenter PLM and PTC Integrity
  • Application of next-generation components, functions, and systems.
  • Author technical documentation for driver assistance products, including: test reports and customer-facing specifications for installation, calibration, and service of these systems.
  • Software / Hardware in the loop testing.
  • Benchmark competitive systems.
  • Interface with customers, software developers, systems engineers and management to communicate status of projects.
  • Willing to travel (test track, customer locations, winter test) as required up to 25%. 


  • Technical knowledge of Driver Assistance system components (Steering) and impact on overall vehicle performance.
  • Strong knowledge in development toolsets CANalyzer, CANape, CANoe, Matlab, Simulink, dSpace, Python, and TruckSim
  • In-depth knowledge of air brake systems is a plus.
  • Broad automotive and electronic systems knowledge, preferably related to heavy truck.
  • Knowledge of vehicle communication protocols including J1939, UDS, and CCP.
  • Knowledge and experience with product quality tools such as system FMEA, DVP&R, ISO 26262, ASPICE, and Functional Safety Concepts.
  • Knowledge of Agile/SCRUM environment 



  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience in driver assistance, vehicle dynamics, or vehicles controls engineering.
  • Hands on mechanical, electrical, automotive experience.
  • Experience in the heavy-duty truck, bus and/or automotive market is a plus.
  • Strong product design and function ownership experience.
  • Ability to technically lead a cross-functional team in a dynamic working environment including international team members
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL) or willingness & capability to obtain CDL within a year of employment. 


  • Ability to assimilate data quickly
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and a proactive work ethic.
  • Capable of prioritizing time/resources/goals and possess strong interpersonal skills to ensure success in a cross-functional, team environment.
  • Formulates new processes and strategic thinking to enhance business unit performance.
  • Ideal candidate is a self-starter with demonstrated project management skills
  • Leads teams in technical planning and decision making.
  • Strong customer orientation to enhance business relationships and growth.
  • Capable of performing in a highly stressful environment.
  • Influential and motivational, provides direction, removes barriers.
  • Leads with sense of urgency
  • Desire to learn new tools and develop a cross-functional skill set.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Systems Engineering required


Up to 25% required

Position Requirements: 

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


What does Sheppard have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Telework policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan


Nearest Major Market: Detroit