Graduation Internship | Real-Time Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Automation for Drivetrain

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Graduate Internship | Real-Time Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Automation for Drivetrain

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Want to play your part in the future of clean mobility?
Are you currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent) and looking for a graduation project, then look no further!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation and from the comfort of your own home
Domain: Testing
Degree: Bachelor or Master

Who is Lightyear?
Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenger® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

Which team will you become part of?
You will be a part of the Testing Team which is in charge of testing the various parts of the vehicle for development and validation. In this team, you will be focused in the power domain, where we test the vehicle’s drivetrain in our lab using our motor testbenches consisting of four separate dynos to emulate the road for our in-wheel motors. 

Your personal mission
To develop automated testing of the vehicle’s drivetrain using our real-time power-hardware-in-the-loop setup.

In the testing domain, there are many tests that are currently written in a tests management software, then run more-or-less manually by the test operators. Using our real-time machine, we are able to synchronously:

  • Run our motor testbenches;
  • Can run manually, profiles, or with PHIL modeling (e.g. road load emulation);
  • Log important measurement data and CAN messages;
  • Control devices under test (DUTs).

This project will focus on taking real test cases and implementing them into the real-time environment to run them autonomously. The real-time model software developed should be able to: input and then run a series of test cases; determine if the cases have passed or failed based on measurements and on-line data-analysis; and report the results.

The final product should be in a state that is usable by the testing team and usable for future test cases to be implemented.

With this project, you will gain hands on experience with electric vehicle drivetrain testing and real-time power-hardware-in-the-loop development. Working closely with the testing team, you will be able to run real tests in a professional testing environment. 

Requirements in order to achieve your personal mission
In order to achieve this goal within the given time frame, this internship requires:

  • A background in electrical engineering or similar;
  • You would like to start asap (project duration = 3 months);
  • Experience with MATLAB Simulink;
  • Experience with lab measurements;
  • You're capable of performing data analysis;
  • You’ve proven that you’re strong both theoretically and pragmatic. For instance, you’ve been part of a student team (such as Hyperloop, Solar team, Robocup), did other extracurricular activities, worked in a start-up, you did an outstanding internship or you do sports at a semi-professional level. At Lightyear, we highly value this.

  • You strongly identify yourself with our bigger mission: clean mobility for everyone.

What you bring along as a talented intern
Be aware, being an intern at Lightyear isn’t just an internship. You’ll be approached as an actual engineer and that requires some skills and being able to take responsibility. Especially given the fact that you’ll join a scale-up where little is set in stone. Therefore, it’s key that you can relate to the following things:

  • You're outspoken and not afraid to ask questions;
  • You're eager to learn and work in a lab with real equipment;
  • You can work in a fast-paced environment;
  • You take pride in your work.

What do we offer
In addition to a challenging (graduate) internship you also have the opportunity to work for a company with a real, honest and ambitious mission. In this way you have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of mobility! Next to this, we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence during your internship.
  • A multidisciplinary team of highly motivated and talented people you can learn from.
  • A certain internship allowance depending on your educational level and type of internship.
  • Monthly meet ups with other interns to have snacks and drinks while meeting other like minded individuals.
  • Monthly engineering peer learning sessions where you learn from other interns on what they do and how they solved it.
  • In addition to a dynamic work environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday (digital) afternoon drinks!

Are you up for the challenge? Then hit apply now!