Senior Engineer, Regulatory Affairs

Mitsubishi Motors Engineering United States


We are Mitsubishi Motors R & D of America, Inc. (MRDA). We provide research, design input and testing for Mitsubishi brand vehicles sold in the United States. Our cars provide a unique blend of spirited performance, inspired design, and cutting edge technology. Mitsubishi vehicles are also a reflection of the creativity and diversity of our employees who are a spirited group of individuals. They look for something different, something unique, something that stands out... And they find it here at Mitsubishi Motors. We are looking for a Sr. Regulatory Affairs Engineer

As the Sr. Regulatory Affairs Engineer, you will ensure that all vehicle environmental regulatory, certification, and compliance matters affecting current and future vehicle design/development are reported to Mitsubishi Motors in a timely manner. You will interact with regulatory agencies including but not limited to EPA and CARB; industry trade organizations (Auto Innovators, CalETC, etc.); other vehicle manufacturers; Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) affiliate offices and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) Japan.

What you'll be doing: 

  • Monitor, review, and provide comment on vehicle environment, regulatory, certification and compliance matters and related industry voluntary initiatives.
  • Consult with and support manager on policy matters regarding vehicle environmental issues.
  • Represent Mitsubishi Motors’ best interest U.S. regulatory agencies and industry groups on issues related to vehicle environment regulations, certification, and compliance; Advise management and MMC on recommended plan of action accordingly.
  • Analyze and provide guidance and strategic recommendations to MMC (with consultation with manager) on vehicle environment-related activities in the U.S. that could affect vehicle design/content and future product plans. Report these matters to MMC in a timely manner.
  • Guide MMC in its comments for rulemaking or other governement-intiated actions. Consolidate input from multiple groups and submit final document to government agencies.
  • Handle information requests & submissions from/to EPA, CARB, NHTSA, Environment Canada (EC), and other regulatory agencies in a smooth and timely manner.
  • Consult and cooperate with other MRDA groups and with MMNA groups (including Legal, Product Planning, Public Relations) as needed.
  • Work on multiple highly complex major projects requiring innovative, original solutions.
  • Responsible for a scope of significant size projects critical to the Company’s success.
  • Independently identifies complex problems and devises optimal and innovative solutions to problems that cross organizational boundaries.
  • Exercise independent judgment and creativity to adapt projects involving different mechanical systems.
  • Attend and provide reporting and analysis of key Auto Innovators technical working groups, as assigned by manager.
  • Work toward maintaining high quality standards and continuous improvement of the position and the organization.
  • Provide support for special projects, presentations, reports, and notifications as required. Notably, this includes developing strategies with MMNA and MMC to meet upcoming GHG, CAFE, and ZEV requirements.
  • Work to foster cooperation within the group, assists with handling any misunderstanding that might arise in a culturally diverse workforce.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned or required.

What you'll have: 
  • Four-year degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of experience in automotive related field or other R&D environments.
  • Knowledge and basic understanding of automobiles.
  • Knowledge of Government Regulations (EPA, CARB, and NHTSA) and Test Procedures/Equipment related to automobile emissions.
  • Knowledge and basic understanding of engine control systems and calibrations.
  • Specific knowledge of GHG, CAFE and ZEV regulations, new vehicle certification processes and regulations.
  • Experience with exhaust emissions testing, performance testing, and OBD systems a plus.


Computer literacy, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint knowledge.

  • Effective Communication:
    • Possess good written and verbal skills.
    • Communicate in a clear and concise manner.
    • Utilize written communications skills to generate a wide range of technical reports and documents and occasionally edit the work of others, including MMC staff.
    • Ability to negotiate complex arrangements with other groups.
  • Flexibility, Change, and Innovation:
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks/assignments while maintaining regulatory and assigned deadlines.
    • Ability to cooperate with other employees and customers.
    • Ability to work in a culturally diverse organization.
    • Willing to work in a flexible team environment.
    • Maintain company work standards and work towards improving job quality.
    • Must be able to maintain complete confidentiality in all areas, specifically with regards to data, prototype vehicles, procedures, various components, and future product and certification plans.
  • Confidence and Credibility:
    • Plan work schedule to make the most of MRDA resources.
    • Ability to follow-up and meet deadlines set by MRDA management, MMC, and government regulations and agencies while maintaining high work standards.
    • Must be reliable, independent, and self-driven.
    • Must be detail oriented.
  • Conceptual, Strategic, and Analytical Thinking:
    • Must be able to make sound decisions about work priorities and multi-task.
    • Ability to follow project plans, maintain workflow to meet objectives and deadlines, and promptly address situations which deviate from the plan.
    • Perceptive nature, careful monitoring of working conditions.
  • Technical Expertise:
    • Professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of engineering theories, concepts, and principles.
    • Knowledge of government regulations and test procedures/equipment related to automobile emissions.
    • Should possess ability to visually present findings so they are understandable to non-native English speakers.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Teamwork and Influencing Others:
    • Leadership and instructional aptitudes needed to provide accurate information sharing within committees and groups.
    • Ability to mentor staff of various skills and personalities.