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Job Summary

Mcity is a public-private partnership formed at U-M to transform global mobility by dramatically improving transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility.  Mcity draws on U-M’s broad strengths in engineering, urban planning, energy technology, law, and information technology to accelerate progress in the deployment of connected and automated vehicles that will allow researchers to test emerging concepts in both off-roadway and on-road settings.  The Mcity test facility includes a dedicated, off-roadway testing environment, with similarities in operation to a vehicle test track.


The Mcity Fleet Program Manager is expected to manage and oversee the technical support and operations for Mcity’s connected and automated vehicle research fleet, and will be supervised by Mcity’s Lab Director.  The Fleet Program Manager will need to work with Mcity Leadership and Mcity researchers and other research fleet users to ensure effective development and operation of these vehicle assets including several Open Connected and Automated Research platforms (Open CAVs) and Navya Arma low speed automated shuttles operating inside as well as outside the Mcity test facility.


Vehicle Coordination and Oversight – 30%

  • Develop Mcity Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the safe operation of the Mcity fleet vehicles in collaboration with University Risk Management, and Mcity leadership.
  • Coordinate with Logistics, Transportation and Parking (LTP) for safe on road operation of Mcity research vehicles.
  • Oversee and document user training for safe and appropriate Mcity research vehicle operations.
  • Oversee the technology development of Mcity Open CAV vehicles.
  • Support technology demonstrations and explain Mcity fleet vehicle capabilities to audiences of varying levels of technical background.
  • Consult with faculty and users to refine or adapt methodologies to fit specific experiment requirements, and collaborate in the development of new techniques and capabilities.
  • Formulate research methods and suggest options for improving the testing protocols and effective data collection.


Research Design, Data Collection and Analyses – 25%

  • Prepare for and aid in the conduct of graduate student research experiments.
  • Plan and design the construction and modification of vehicle research equipment systems and subsystems.
  • Prepare a variety of test specifications and perform system validation tests.
  • Coordinate the fabrication of component parts.
  • Design and build new equipment or modify existing equipment.
  • Test, repair, and calibrate equipment for education and research.
  • Analyze and validate the vehicle data collected to ensure a quality research environment for the vehicles and related infrastructure.
  • Preparation of technical summary reports, and distribution of copies of the data and reports to Mcity stakeholders.


Scheduling, Budgeting and Coordination of Use – 15%

  • Schedule and coordinate vehicle use and access, balancing complex internal and external stakeholder priorities in collaboration with Mcity leadership.
  • Collaborate with Mcity leadership and staff to ensure the fleet vehicles operate within an allocated budget and assist in planning future growth of the fleet.
  • Collaborate with Mcity research administration to ensure proper billing and cost allocation according to facility usage, through standard U-M recharge and service unit billing procedures when applicable.


Safety Program – 20%

  • Establish safe operating procedures for Mcity fleet vehicles.
  • Instruct new users on Mcity fleet vehicle specific safety procedures and document their training.
  • Work with Mcity Lab Director to report any violations of the safety procedures and take appropriate corrective actions.
  • Recommend procedural improvements to mitigate future violations.


Maintain Equipment – 10% 

  • Responsible for the maintenance and storage of Mcity fleet vehicles.
  • Oversee basic vehicle maintenance and coordinate tasks with Mcity Technicians.
  • Resolve design problems or malfunctions of specialized and general equipment installed in the vehicles, or directly interfacing with the vehicles.
  • Oversee fabrication and installation of sensors, maintain on-board computers including their operating systems, maintain the GPS, network, and power systems, etc. to ensure that they are available for research and educational use.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or recognized field of science, with 1 to 3 years of relevant experience in a product development or research setting.
  • Basic project management skills such as scheduling and budgeting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple internal and external partners and units.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and dependability.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Under supervision, able to perform work that is varied and that may be somewhat difficult in character.
  • The ability to creatively problem solve is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of connected and/or automated vehicle technologies.
  • Experience working with development vehicles.
  • Ability to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of his/her responsibilities.
  • Expertise in the design, fabrication and repair of scientific or engineering equipment systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.