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OBD Calibration Engineer

OBD Calibration Engineer

Hernshead Recruitment

Eggs, sausages, bacon and a coffee… some of the main components of the perfect breakfast, right?

This might look like the beginning of a breakfast shopping list and you’re probably wondering what this has to do with an advert for a OBD Calibration Engineer based in Basildon… but bear with me…

Unfortunately, these are also some of the worst foods for the environment due to the high emissions created by transportation, farming and feeding that is involved within the process. I know we can’t help with every single part of the method involved but even a little help could make big difference.

The high emissions are particularly due to the farming and transportation of these goods, even down to the average family travelling to the supermarket to do their weekly shop. This is mainly because of the petrol and diesel used within the two steps mentioned. Powertrains are one of the main components within vehicles whether it be passenger cars, commercial vehicles or the large engines within agricultural vehicles/machines and this company offering this opportunity is looking to develop a greener and safer way for these vehicles to operate through development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems.

You have the opportunity to be part of a company who currently have around 11,500 employees (plus 70 years of experience) and are still growing. This is because not only do they want to make the world more sustainable but they also value their employees and believe into turning visions of the future into reality.

In this role you will be responsible for optimising the calibration of ICEs and hybridised ICE powertrains. Your objective will be to ensure that all target criteria are met and that the powertrain works to its full efficiency in all operating conditions. The role involves planning, preparation and supervision of related vehicle tests, assessment and documentation of test results and delivery of calibrations. You may also be required to participate in vehicle test development trips.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Planning and execution of engine or vehicle development program
  • Calibration dataset development in-line with guidelines for the relevant attributes
  • Analysis of results and preparation of recommendations
  • Dataset validation for all ambient conditions both in facility and in territory, including final reporting and documentation
  • Liaison and reporting to various functions within the organisation


  • BEng in Mechanical/Automotive or related engineering discipline
  • Experience within the automotive industry in diesel calibration
  • Knowledge of combustion engine fundamentals
  • Knowledge of exhaust after-treatment hardware
  • Knowledge of EMS and related tools and software
  • Knowledge of OBD calibration


  • Experience in emissions testing and data analysis
  • Knowledge of data analysis tools such as AVL Concerto or equivalent
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis methods and tools
  • Programming skills in MATLAB
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