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AC Propulsion Jobs: Availability, Salaries, & More

Have you ever dreamed of inventing something that the world truly needed? Have you ever dreamed of being the next person to write their name indelibly in the history of technology? Well, today, teams of people make those dreams come true. Teams like the leading developer of electric vehicle systems: AC Propulsion.

Such teams enable technologies beyond the likes of the Wright Brothers and the lone inventors who sought to manifest their visions as new physical prototypes. Today, your skills can be channeled into a production that propels humanity into the future: the future of electric vehicle propulsion systems.

Electric vehicles have begun their certain domination of the planet. The busier your city, the more “happening,” the more electric carriages are bound to be roaming the streets. Refusing to burn (or greatly reducing the amount of) hydrocarbons to get to the grocery store has become the ultimate symbol of status. You can practically hear the judgment from the neighbors when an old, gas-burning jalopy bumps down the street. The Green revolution is upon us, and those who cannot see the writing on the wall may find themselves specializing in fields that will not be around tomorrow.

AC Propulsion, on the other hand, is a team that looks forward to the dawning future. Their development and manufacture of leading electric propulsion technologies will only grow as electric vehicles become not only standard but nigh mandatory (if the social pressure is to be believed).

Who Is a Good Fit for AC Propulsion?


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You probably clicked on this article because you, dear reader, have seen the writing on the wall. How much longer will petroleum jobs be around? Is computer engineering really as stable as your college counselor seemed to think now that we’re on the verge of inventing the quantum computer? If you specialize in repairing hydrocarbon burning vehicles, are you dooming yourself to work with outdated technologies?

If any of this is your concern, we urge you to look into the career opportunities afforded by AC Propulsion. However, not only doomsdayers need to be interested; those who find a genuine joy in electric propulsion systems will, of course, feel right at home with AC Propulsion, and we hope this article will do a service for those readers who simply wish to know more about the opportunities available to them from one of the world’s leading electrical propulsion developer-manufacturers.

At the time of this article, several positions are available at AC Propulsion, and we’ll be listing those for those of you who want the work of their minds to bring about the next technological era of humanity.

But first, let’s get to know AC Propulsion to see why you may have an exciting path before you.

A Brief History of AC Propulsion

Alan Cocconi, Wally Rippel, and Paul Carosa started the AC Propulsion company in 1992. Wally Rippel had been a long time developer of electric batteries as well as an advocate for their use. In fact, as an undergrad at Caltech, he helped to develop an electric VW bus that actually won the Great Transcontinental Electric Car Race against their rival school, MIT. That know-how greatly aided him in his subsequent work in the 70’s and 80’s for Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he continued refining his expertise with electric vehicle batteries.  

From their early days in San Dismas, California, AC Propulsion made waves. They created the “tzero” which—if you can believe it—is the sports car, that runs on electricity, and that was invented in 1997. They also rigged up those “eBoxes,” which made quite a splash in its own right. The “eBox” being a clever conversion of the Scion XB converted to run on electricity.


AC Propulsion on the Market Today

Today, AC Propulsion is the leader in manufacturing AC-induction traction motors. Many vehicles have used their hardware and consulted AC Propulsion’s top-of-the-line knowhow when it comes to the electric vehicle industry. Their reputation has made them the first call when an electric vehicle needs to get built correctly.

AC Propulsion’s electric drivetrain has become the industry standard. You may have seen this bit of handiwork in the ever popular Tesla Roadster, where the drivetrain provided by AC Propulsion is essential. This technology can also be found in their eponymously badged AC Propulsion tzero and AC Propulsion eBox (which we’ve mentioned), which comes as little surprise. More surprising is that this drivetrain also powers the salaciously named Venturi Fetish, the Volvo 3CC, the Wrightspeed X1, as well as the Courreges EXE and the Courreges ZOOOP.

If you’ve ridden any of these vehicles, you have AC Propulsion’s electric drivetrain system to thank.

Job Availability at AC Propulsion


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AC Propulsion is currently hiring! Several positions are listed on their website, and we’ll review the job description, responsibilities, and requirements for each position listed at the time of this article. However, the world moves fast in the internet era, and we encourage you to check out to find current listings.

We’ve listed the available positions alongside their job reference number to aid those of you who wish to pursue these opportunities as quickly as possible. The current positions available are as follows:

  • Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer (Ref Job #215)
  • Senior Power Electronics Engineer (Ref Job #216)
  • Motor Controls Engineer  (Ref Job #211)

Let’s explore each of these options in-depth.

Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer


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“We are looking for a Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer with broad experience in electric or hybrid vehicles with strong traction motor controls background for AC Induction and PM type motors.” — AC Propulsion

This is certainly an advanced position but one well suited to those who wish to engage their mind to bring about much-needed technologies.

The work of a Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer is varied, but responsibilities include such tasks as the development of electric vehicle motor controls algorithms. The SVMCE also works with systems engineering to write up the control requirement documentation. They optimize motor controls using MATLAB Simulink or similar systems with hand coding capability. It is their job to ensure that inverter and traction motor meet performance requirements; specifically “via controls algorithm development, implementation and testing” according to their website.

It is additionally the Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer who oversees the dynamometer testing. They are the ones who interpret data for controls development,as well as the ones who validate and improve such data for their reports. Documentation of results and finding recommendations for potential improvements make up a large part of the Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer’s work.

Anyone who wishes to be SVMCE needs to be able to interact well with management, the systems engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers, as well as the technicians and vendors. Some even interact with customers on a semi-regular basis.


Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer Qualifications

According to AC Propulsion’s Career page, to become a Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineer, you must meet these minimum qualifications:

  • A Computer Engineering degree with ten years of relevant experience
  • OR 5 years of experience in a relevant industry AND
  • A Master of Science in Engineering 
  • OR a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (BSEE),
  • OR a Master of Engineering 

You must also have an understanding of: 

  • Field oriented control of induction motors 
  • Field oriented control of PM motors
  • PowerPC MCU’s and TI DSP’s

You must also have experience with:

  • Analytical control system theory  
  • Various PWM schemes (such as Sinusoidal and Space-Vector Modulation)
  • High-quality C code in an embedded microcontroller environment
  • Variable switching frequency controls
  • IGBTs 
  • Thermal management systems

AC Propulsion also notes that the best Senior Vehicle Motor Controls Engineers nearly always have stellar communication abilities and tend to be self-starters. The AC Propulsion hiring staff prefers you have a Ph.D. in a related field and know at least one coding language. (“At least one,” meaning the more, the better.)

Senior Power Electronics Engineer


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“We are looking for a Senior Power Electronics Engineer with broad experience in power electronics and motor drive control.” —AC Propulsion

Another senior position open at AC Propulsion! The Senior Power Electronics Engineer is responsible for circuit design, circuit analysis, the prototyping and testing of high voltage power electronics such as motor drives, DC to DC converters and battery chargers.

The Senior Power Electronics Engineer researches and specifies electrical components, schematics, PCB layouts, designs for environmental and EMI/EMC certification process that interface with other functional teams within the organization. It is the Senior Power Electronics Engineer who controls software development for inverters, chargers, and DC converters. In this position, you would effectively be a designer of inverter topologies, charger topologies, and DC to DC converter topologies.


Senior Power Electronics Engineer Qualifications

To qualify for the Senior Power Electronics Engineer, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Five years of industry experience and an MSEE
  • OR 10 years of experience in the industry AND a BSEE, ME or Physics degree

The Senior Power Electronics Engineer is expected to have knowledge of IGBT and MOSFET power and drive circuits as well as knowledge of control system designs.

You must be experienced with designing, analyzing and testing of high voltage switch-mode power supplies, as well as motor inverters and battery chargers. The following fields will greatly aid you in getting a job with AC Propulsion: magnetics design, power electronics, thermal analysis, computer-aided design tool. Ideally, you should possess an understanding of EMI/EMC mechanisms and mitigation, design for manufacturing principles, certification processes, and electrical safety and environmental standards.

 As always, excellent communication skills are a plus. AC Propulsion wishes that candidates have experience with electric vehicles and automotive products. They also note the ideal candidate will know the C, Assembler, and Visual C++ programming languages.

Motor Controls Engineer


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“We are looking for a Motor Controls Engineer with broad experience in motor drive control.” — AC Propulsion
Nothing gets done without engineers these days. You can be one of those who makes the world go round. The Motor Controls Engineer position controls the development, diagnostics, and testing of electric vehicle motor interfaces. They use Matlab Simulink to optimize these motor controls by employing hand coding capability.

It is the Motor Controls Engineer that passes the inverter and traction motors, meaning they assure these parts meet performance requirements. To this end, they control algorithm development, implementation, and testing.


Motor Controls Engineer Requirements

If you wish to be a Motor Controls Engineer, you need an M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. You must also possess adequate communication skills and be available to travel up to 10% of the year.


If any of these positions interest you, we recommend you send your CV along to:

  • AC Propulsion 441 Borrego Ct, San Dimas, CA 91773

More information on what AC Propulsion does and how to contact them can be found online at: Best of luck with your new career prospects!

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CenterPoint Energy Jobs: Availability, Salaries, & More

Whether you’re an energy professional looking for a new employer, or someone interested in shifting into a growing and promising field, the energy industry is for you. The ongoing growth in the demand for energy has naturally increased the size of the industry surrounding it, leading to the creation of a great many jobs. In this article, we’ll explore the many kinds of energy jobs that there are available on the market, with a particular focus on CenterPoint Energy jobs. As we’ll demonstrate, the energy industry is growing and will have an ongoing demand for qualified employees to support growth.

​What Kind of Energy Jobs are Available?

​The growth in the energy industry at large has resulted in an expansion in the number of jobs available therein. The job options in the industry are broad, and including positions ranging from paid interns to accountants in the realm of general support, the specialized engineers and compliance auditors in the more advanced fields of practice in the organization. Following is a presentation of some energy jobs that are currently available on the market, with a section on CenterPoint Energy jobs to illustrate opportunities at that particular company.


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​Engineers are essential in the design of new technology, and in the construction and operation of facilities using current technology. It is through the presence and ongoing influx of engineering expertise that the innovation of the energy industry, or any industry for that matter, is driven. As better educated and more innovative engineers enter the sphere, jobs in sustainable energy will increase exponentially into the future. While energy engineer jobs experienced a decrease between 2004-2017, the demand thereof has recently begun to rise, as will be discussed below.

The role of the energy engineer is best explored through an example. An energy engineer at NRG in Houston receives an estimated salary of $62,000 - $92,000, according to Glassdoor estimates rooted in former and current employee reports. An NRG energy engineer is expected to manage, develop, and advise customers on how to be more energy efficient through the performance of ASHRAE Level I-III energy audits while working with internal stakeholders to identify a suite of solutions to provide for customer needs. Energy auditing and verification experience are required.

A senior energy engineer at NORESCO in Houston earns a Glassdoor estimated salary of $80,000 - $117,000 for performing next-level engineering work. The senior energy engineer performs energy audits with ASHRAE Level 1 through investment grade, retro-commissioning and commissioning for clients in the industrial, pharmaceutical, healthcare, commercial, lab, higher education, and municipality/county government sectors. Feasibility studies of renewable and energy efficient technologies are also conducted, including wind turbines, micro-cogeneration systems, and others.


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​The management and leadership of the energy industry are the foundation upon which the technology rests. Without sufficient management and leadership on the corporate side of the energy industry, the greatest of innovations will be ineffectual. Corporate managers, compliance specialists, accountants, team leaders, and various other essential executive roles must be effectively filled to in turn direct the administration thereof. Management positions include an array of corporate roles such as the Chief Executive Officer, the CEO, and the many managers needed to lead the many departments.


​As with any industry, the specialists and management that support them must rely upon an administrative support team to achieve their objectives. Thus as energy companies expand and their numbers of clients increase, the number of support personnel to directly provide for the management and also the client base of the business will grow. To provide us with more specific examples of the job demands of an energy company, the following is a consideration of 5 CenterPoint Energy jobs and their requirements.

Support staff jobs include data management and data entry, reception, marketing, customer service, and support, and a wide variety of other jobs that are essential in maintaining the effective operation of any energy company.

CenterPoint Energy Jobs

​To provide some greater specificity on energy industry jobs, we’ll consider CenterPoint Energy jobs. At the current time, there are some 75 listings on Glassdoor for CenterPoint Energy jobs, exhibiting the growth of the company and ongoing expansion of the industry. Following a few of the primary positions available through CenterPoint Energy jobs, in addition to a brief description to give you an idea as to what they entail.

  • ​IT Network Security Analyst – maintains security for control systems, and CNP firewall infrastructure and IPS infrastructure. Maintains PGP encryption, URL filter, AMS security, IG security, infrastructure and web application vulnerability assessments, security incident handling, and many other functions.
  • ​CAD/GIS Technician II – including performing intermediate level assignments to support distribution operations, including construction projects, permit applications, and other support services. Interpret construction designs and drawings of both existing and proposed gas projects.
  • ​Radio Communications Technician – receive and make radio calls. Position only available after completion of multiple apprenticeship periods progressing through them then the prescribed written exams, oral and demonstration of the skills learned through formal and informal training.
  • ​Salesforce Developer – support projects for the Salesforce and provide various services through custom development, data analysis, systems administration, and configuration. Main applications are in using APEX, VisualForce, and Lightning components/framework.
  • ​Fleet Data Specialist I – Interact with various departments to produce timely results and processing for the invoicing of payment to meet vendor schedules, while retaining accounts in good standing. Internal and external fuel resources must be managed while adhering to federal, state, and local governing rules and laws.

​What is the Salary of an Energy Job?

​​As with any career, the salary that one might receive depends upon a broad combination of factors related to the individual, their personal and professional experience, and their education, certifications, and other relevant qualifications. In the energy field give the diverse array of positions available, the experience and qualifications of the employee will have a considerable impact upon the amount of money they are paid. The entry-level energy engineer position explored above ranged from $62,000 - $92,000 while the senior energy engineer earns from $80,000 to $117,000.

There can be a high level of variation in the salaries that employees in the energy industry might experience. Following is a consideration of the same select CenterPoint Energy jobs explore above to present the earnings potential of the industry and variability thereof regarding experience and education.

​CenterPoint Energy Jobs Salaries

​To provide insight into the salaries offered for energy jobs, following is a presentation of the salaries of a handful of currently available CenterPoint Energy jobs, based upon Glassdoor estimates which are rooted in reports provided by current and past employees.

  • ​IT Network Security Analyst – $57,000 - $97,000
  • ​CAD/GIS Technician II - $53,000 - $77,000
  • ​Radio Communications Technician – $19.00 - $31.00 (hourly)
  • ​Salesforce Developer – $87,000 - $129,000
  • ​Fleet Data Specialist I - $39,000 - $64,000

​​The Outlook of Energy Jobs

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The outlook for energy jobs is expected to increase substantially in the coming years. While some positions in the energy industry such has energy engineers experienced a slight dip in the 2000s, dropping some 12.9% since 2004. There had been an average decline of 2.1% for energy engineer jobs each year since 2004. However, the outlooks are expected to be increasingly positive, with some 55,790 new energy engineer jobs expected to be created by the end of 2018. This represents nearly a 5% rate of growth, marking a shift in the tides of the jobs in the energy industry.

While energy engineers and managers will always be essential, the most rapid growth being experienced in the energy industry is not in offices and laboratories, but on the streets and in the homes of the community. Energy service and installation jobs are the fastest growing segments of work in the energy industry. As more and more homes are built, and more and more people settle into cities, the demand for new energy systems and service upon current energy systems is on the rise.

In 2017 some 133,000 new positions were created in the energy and energy efficiency sectors, representing a growth of 2% overall. Regarding solar energy, the growth was even greater but in the opposite direction, with a decrease in jobs of 6% in 2017, a loss of 24,000 jobs. This was due to a 30% drop in installations in 2017 in contrast to the prior year. As some emerging technologies gain a foothold, the demand for their installation will wane as service demands instead begin to increase.


​A career in the energy industry is accessible to individuals with a great variety of professional backgrounds, educational disciplines, and experiences. As the energy industry grows, evolves, and expands, all positions in the energy industry will increase substantially. With the growth of sustainable energy initiatives, energy engineers with advanced knowledge to support innovation will be increasingly necessary, while the management and support staff with their unique abilities will also continue to be in growing demand.

For more information on careers in the energy field and related developments, check back to the Energy Job Blog for ongoing updates and articles.

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