Senior Engineering Technician – Prototype

Triz Engineering
6 Mar 2023
Birmingham, Alabama
Job Type


Triz Engineering Solutions is looking for a Senior Engineering Technician to form part of our engineering team, with the ability to fit into the DNA of our company culture that is dynamic and embraces change. Apart from a contained and well-rounded person with a high EQ level, they will be required to deal with complexity in a fast-paced environment. The person needs to be a self-starter with attention to detail and bring a positive energy to the work environment, with a willingness to excel in their role.

Triz Engineering Solutions ( is a premium product engineering and development company specializing in end-to-end turn-key commercial vehicle development.
Autocar®, LLC, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leader in engineering, assembling, and servicing severe duty trucks. With a steady stream of innovations to their Xpeditor® line - ranging from improved ergonomic cabs and integrated controls to a new hybrid-drive refuse truck – along with a steady stream of new products - Autocar®, LLC has staked out a position as the industry's technology and innovation leader. Moreover, they have forged strong partnerships with the leading suppliers in the business, including, Allison®, Cummins®, ArvinMeritor®, Hendrickson®, and others. Autocar®, LLC is the oldest North American vehicle nameplate in North America – dating back to 1897 - and has delivered more than double the natural gas vehicles than all of our competitors combined.

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Job Title: Senior Engineering Technician – Prototype
Job Type: Full-time
Department: Engineering
Reports To: Prototype and Testing Group Leader


This position is responsible for the assembly and maintenance of prototype level Electric Vehicles which are under development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assemble prototype, engineering, validation, and special build vehicles. Install and validate parts & components on engineering electric vehicles.
  • Provide feedback to design engineers related to Bill of Materials, installation, validation, accessibility, and maintainability issues.
  • Work with design engineers to create prototype parts that are representative of design ideas/concepts when prints are not available.
  • Manufacture prototype parts and special tools.
  • Assists with fabrication, assembly, modification and debugging of test systems.
  • Building of simple test fixtures and tools.  This is also including repair and manufacture of simple automotive wiring harnesses.
  • Support in-house or field testing of both low and high voltage DC electronics.
  • Perform simple electrical assembly (i.e., wiring, connectors, circuit boards).
  • Support electric vehicle troubleshooting and testing.  Assist engineering team lead in diagnosing failures during vehicle testing and provide back solutions to the team.
  • Maintains a safe working environment through good housekeeping practices and adherence to safe work practices.
  • Periodic travel may be required to address issues at customer’s locations or support test and evaluation activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities   

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skilfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Associate degree in Automotive Technology
Automotive repair 3 years’ experience (Required)
Heavy truck vehicle product knowledge (Required)
ASE Certifications (Required)
Fabrication knowledge will be desirable.
Truck manufacturing build/process experience will be desirable.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints and schematics required.

Mathematical Skills      

Ability to interpret dimensions on a print and make modifications as necessary.  Basic shop math skills are required.  Ability to make concept prints and schematics for parts and harnesses during prototyping phase.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills  

A working knowledge of the following will be an advantage for the candidate:

  • MS Office
  • UG NX
  • Teamcenter

Physical Demands

The physical 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to sit; walk and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Career Progression:

Assuming outstanding sustained performance, the successful candidate will have opportunities for promotion and broader responsibilities over time.


Autocar offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, retirement/401K plans, etc.


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