Motor Control Software Engineer

Nidec-KATO Engineering

St, MO

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Job Summary

The sky is no longer the limit as Nidec takes its technology off the ground and into the Aerospace market. As a Power Electronics Hardware Design Engineer in the Nidec Motion and Drives team, you will have the opportunity to apply and develop your expertise to design electric propulsion systems for the battery-powered aircrafts that will enable the world to sustainably and efficiently get from point A to point B.

Nidec is the world’s leading electric motor manufacturer and a true pioneer in electrification across a wide array of industries since its foundation in 1973, ranging from appliance, energy infrastructure, to ground transportation. Nidec Motion and Drives, a business unit within Nidec, is a trusted development partner to industry leaders in multiple high-growth markets, including industrial automation and electric commercial vehicles. We are well-positioned and excited to support the aerospace industry in its ambitious transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The ideal candidate will embody Nidec’s key pillars of Passion, Enthusiasm, and Tenacity with their passion to learn, enthusiasm to exceed market expectations, and tenacity to solve complex technical issues. From ideation to production, you will work with a diverse and experienced team of design engineers to support aerospace industry leaders and spearhead technological advances in transport decarbonization.

Job Description


We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Motor Control Embedded Software Design Engineer to join the Aerospace team and take a lead role in developing functionally safe motor control software for the aviation industry. In this hands-on role, you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and testing software for power electronics solutions that meet stringent safety requirements for aerospace applications while adhering to industry standards such as DO-178C. This role requires expertise in implementing advanced motor control algorithms, developing functionally safe software, utilizing model-based software design and simulation tools, and experience working with cross-functional engineering teams to define system requirements and architecture.


Design and develop functionally safe motor control software for electric propulsion systems.

  • Implement software modules and algorithms per product requirements while ensuring compliance with industry standards and complying with the company’s product development processes

  • Develop efficient and high performance software solutions that are optimized for performance, accuracy, and reliability

  • Utilize model-based design and simulation tools to develop and validate software solutions; develop and maintain system models using tools such as MATLAB / Simulink and Stateflow

  • Apply Agile methodologies, such as Scrum or Kanban, to plan – execute – deliver software projects efficiently

  • Break down complex tasks into actionable user stories and tasks to estimate effort and establish realistic timelines

Proactive Stakeholder collaboration and communication

  • Stay up to date with advancements in functional safety, aerospace industry standards, and software development best practices

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including hardware engineers, system engineers, motor design engineers, application engineers, and safety / certification experts to define system requirements and architecture

  • Support PCBA manufacturing partners to introduce designs into production on schedule and ensure proper functional test of the electronics; including creation of test specifications and collaboration on test equipment

  • Work with, and travel to, domestic and international design and manufacturing locations when necessary

Comprehensive analysis, testing, documentation and adherence to compliance standards

  • Typical design tasks include writing design specifications, performing design analysis and simulations, authoring software test procedures, conducting rigorous software testing and verification activities, leading software design reviews, and participating in engineering validation, design verification, and agency certification phases of projects

  • Create and maintain project documentation including design requirements, design specifications, test procedures, simulation results and support technical manual creation

  • Lead technical software design reviews for newly developed solutions with cross functional teams to identify software vulnerabilities and identify / implement appropriate measures to address vulnerabilities

  • Ensure compliance with functional safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and DO-178C, throughout the development process; conduct and document safety analyses and risk assessments to identify potential hazards and appropriate safety measures, define safety requirements and develop safety cases, and collaborate with safety experts to conduct safety audits and reviews to ensure compliance with applicable safety standards

TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES AND EXPERIENCE (proficiency levels aligned to job level)


  • Manages complexity

  • Manages ambiguity

  • Communicates effectively

  • Collaborates

  • Plans and organizes

  • Attention to detail

  • Cultivates Innovation

  • Builds networks

  • Interpersonal savvy

  • Action oriented

  • Optimizes work processes

  • Balances stakeholders

  • Being resilient

  • Customer focus

  • Nimble learning

  • Experience in New Product Development and Phase-Gate processes

  • Experience with advanced motor control algorithms and model-based design and simulation is essential

  • Experience with programming languages and software development tools relevant to aerospace applications, such as C/C++, MATLAB / Simulink, and software simulation, test, and analysis


  • Familiarity with functional safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and DO-178C, and their application in the aerospace industry

  • Experience with microcontroller / DSP based hardware for motor control applications desired

  • Experience designing software for aerospace


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s or PhD degree in Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Computer Science (or related field) with focus in motor control software algorithms and a working knowledge of power electronics hardware

  • 7 or more years of experience in advanced motor control software design including knowledge of vector control algorithms, field-oriented control algorithms, sensorless control algorithms, and functional safety software development

Additional Job Details

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