Automotive Engineer

Samsara (View all Jobs)

Canada - Remote

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Interview Process

1. Phone interview 2. Onsite interview (technical challenges based on real problems we've faced at Samsara)

Programming Languages Mentioned

Python, SQL

Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud, which is a platform that enables organizations that depend on physical operations to harness Internet of Things (IoT) data to develop actionable insights and improve their operations. At Samsara, we are helping improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the physical operations that power our global economy. Representing more than 40% of global GDP, these industries are the infrastructure of our planet, including agriculture, construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing — and we are excited to help digitally transform their operations at scale.

Working at Samsara means you’ll help define the future of physical operations and be on a team that’s shaping an exciting array of product solutions, including Video-Based Safety, Vehicle Telematics, Apps and Driver Workflows, Equipment Monitoring, and Site Visibility. As part of a recently public company, you’ll have the autonomy and support to make an impact as we build for the long term. 

Recent awards we’ve won include:

Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2024

Best Places to Work by Built In 2024

Great Place To Work Certified™ 2023

Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators 2023

Financial Times The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2023

We see a profound opportunity for data to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of operations, and hope you consider joining us on this exciting journey. 

Click here to learn more about Samsara's cultural philosophy.

About the role:

The automotive engineer (AE) is a system engineer on the VDP team with a deep automotive background. The AE is crucial in expanding diagnostic coverage to ensure we get accurate, quality data, across the fleet of 10,000+ MMYs (Make Model Years) dealing with various diagnostic protocols, standards, and OEM-specific proprietary information.

We primarily work and collaborate closely with product managers, customer support teams, other firmware teams, and full-stack engineers to expand diagnostic coverage. Features are focused on ensuring maximum vehicle data coverage across a large fleet of vehicle types and providing availability and quality as a top priority.

You should apply if:

  • You want to impact the industries that run our world: The software, firmware, and hardware you build will result in real-world impact—helping to keep the lights on, get food into grocery stores, and most importantly, ensure workers return home safely.
  • You want to build for scale: With over 2.3 million IoT devices deployed to our global customers, you will work on a range of new and mature technologies driving scalable innovation for customers across industries driving the world's physical operations.
  • You are a life-long learner: We have ambitious goals. Every Samsarian has a growth mindset as we work with a wide range of technologies, challenges, and customers that push us to learn on the go.
  • You believe customers are more than a number: Samsara engineers enjoy a rare closeness to the end user and you will have the opportunity to participate in customer interviews, collaborate with customer success and product managers, and use metrics to ensure our work is translating into better customer outcomes.
  • You are a team player: Working on our Samsara Engineering teams requires a mix of independent effort and collaboration. Motivated by our mission, we’re all racing toward our connected operations vision, and we intend to win—together.

In this role, you will: 

  • Expand diagnostic coverage across the fleet of MMYs by working directly on the vehicle and with related engineering tools.
  • Become the subject matter expert (SME) on current and future automotive standards (OEM specific, SAE, ISO, etc) along with in-depth knowledge of Samsara’s ecosystem.
  • Collaborate with firmware engineers to drive firmware design that meets automotive standards and customer expectations.
  • Cross-functional consultation and collaboration with Product Managers, Product Support, Customer Success, and Sales managers, on related automotive issues and new features.
  • Understand vehicle architecture to expand diagnostic coverage and stay abreast of future trends in the automotive industry.
  • Create system test plans and automate them, perform field validation, and build out vehicle simulations and test scenarios using industry-standard CAN automotive tools (e.g. Vector, Intrepid).  
  • Root cause analysis directly remotely, at customer locations, or on vehicles in the Samsara research garage.
  • Champion, role model, and embed Samsara’s cultural principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Adopt a Growth Mindset, Be Inclusive, Win as a Team) as we scale globally and across new offices.

Minimum requirements for the role:

  • Has professional experience working in the automotive industry.
  • Strong knowledge of vehicle systems and CAN communication.
  • Proficient in CAN data loggers or related data acquisition systems.
  • Proficient in CAN analysis SW (Vector CANalyzer, Intrepid Vehicle Spy).
  • Technical familiarity with automotive communication protocols (J1939, J1979, OBDII, J1708, etc) and vehicle onboard diagnostics systems from multiple OEMs across heavy trucking and passenger vehicles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Creative in identifying solutions for complex or ambiguous issues with limited direction.
  • Self-starter mentality (learn by doing).
  • Able to work with people from different time zones.
  • Willingness and availability to travel.

An ideal candidate also has:

  • Experience with writing test scripts via python or another scripting language.
  • Data analysis using SQL and a visualization tool such as Looker, Databricks, Tableau.
  • Automotive OEM/Supplier or Telematics provider experience.
  • Basic knowledge of CAN-utils (Linux CAN).
  • Familiarity with GIT or related software development program.

At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, and other characteristics protected by law. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Full time employees receive a competitive total compensation package along with employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please email or click here if you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruiting process.

Flexible Working 

At Samsara, we have adopted a flexible way of working, enabling teams and individuals to do their best work, regardless of where they’re based. We value in-person collaboration and know a change of scenery and quiet space to work is welcomed from time to time, but also appreciate that the world of work has changed. Our offices remain open for those who prefer to collaborate or work in-office, but we also encourage fully remote applicants. As most roles are not required to be in the office, we are able to hire remotely where Samsara has an established presence. If a role is required to be in a certain location and candidates do not have work authorization for that location, Samsara will conduct an immigration assessment. If the role is not required to be in a specific location, Samsara will move forward with the remote location that works best for the business. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company. 

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