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Powertrain Calibration Engineer

Location: Roseau, Minnesota US


Job Number: 5655

Requisition Number: R7370

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


Powertrain calibration engineer to conduct testing and development of engine control systems specifically for snowmobile vehicles. Specific focus on engine calibration development in the lab and the field (engine dynamometer, chassis dynamometer and vehicle). Work with the product groups for successful engine application and integration into the vehicle. Develops, implements, and maintains engineering procedures, requirements, and specifications to ensure thorough definition, testing and production release of engine calibration. Direct and supervise test technicians on technical projects as required.


Uses experience and engineering principles to develop and specify test procedures and equipment necessary to conduct powertrain performance and control system development testing on Polaris vehicles. Responsible for data integrity and all technical aspects of the testing process. Report with common data output format and testing conclusions. Release complete powertrain calibration files to production for assigned vehicle program(s) that meet or exceed requirements for performance, drivability and emissions. Develop and implement calibrations for engine mapping of air, fuel and spark along with fault systems and diagnostics. Develop pre-production engines / vehicles to ensure program(s) meet all government mandated emissions regulations with Polaris-specified margins. Coordinate testing aspects of engine and vehicle development projects: develop test criteria, systems requirement specifications, create test plans, set goals, objectives and schedules. Participate in Calibration Peer Team. Adopt Peer Team calibration processes and ensure that Polaris guidelines for vehicle drivability and performance are met or exceeded. Participate in engine controller software meetings. Understand engine control module (ECM) software function and recommend / validate algorithm changes. Participate in vehicle group development processes to ensure that drivability metrics, applicable limits, test procedures and certification requirements are achieved. Test new and/or improved engine components, develop engine integration and work very closely with the design and hardware groups. Prepare and present formal documentation as required. Participate in root cause failure analysis during the development process. Find and recommend practical solutions for specific failure modes as related to calibration parameters, or calibration related engine performance. Key participant in system and component FMEAs. Calibration and end-of-line support for specific engine production testing at engine and vehicle assembly plants as required. Records and analyzes test data using statistical, analytical, and other state of the art techniques. Research alternatives and implement solutions to meet powertrain objectives. Instrument vehicles for unique testing according to needs of hardware or calibration teams Interact and direct resources at multiple Powertrain and product group engineering sites. This includes the ability to travel up to 25% of time to areas in the U.S and Canada. Travel will be mostly in winter months with occasional test trips in other seasons. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • BS engineering degree with engine testing and development related experience.
  • Knowledge of Two-Stroke engines preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with data analysis techniques including Excel, Minitab, etc.
  • Experience with ETAS / Inca and Matlab / Simulink development tools preferred
  • Experience developing SI emissions control systems preferred
  • Experience in the function and operation of Snowmobiles required
  • Experience operating ATVs, off-road vehicles and/or motorcycles also considered
  • Hands-on experience repairing / rebuilding small engines, automotive engines and two stroke engines
  • Ability to acquire a CDL
  • Knowledge of emissions measurement and composition is a plus
  • Experience with data acquisition system as well as electronics and analog wiring
  • Experience with CAN systems is a plus

Location: The position is located in northern Minnesota in the small rural community of Roseau. It is a friendly town, known as the birth place of modern snowmobiling with a rich hockey tradition. Located just 20 miles from beautiful Lake of the Woods.

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Roseau

State: Minnesota

Community / Marketing Title: Powertrain Calibration Engineer

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