Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.
As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.
We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.
As an Automation Controls Engineer on our Integration team, you will be working with our OEM partners, manufacturing and process engineers to help build a robust manufacturing environment. The Controls Engineer will be a part of the process from the very beginning, through vendor proposals, development, design reviews and commissioning. You will be responsible for ensuring that all equipment for Rivian meets the highest of standards and directly contribute to the success of the manufacturing environment.
- Work alongside manufacturing and process engineers to design manufacturing equipment with an emphasis on equipment that will be robust, high throughput, and low downtime.
- Assist with RFQ preparation and review vendor proposals for manufacturing automation equipment ranging in size from single work cells to entire shops.
- Enforce application of and guide vendors through proper implementation of Rivian standards (including but not limited to hardware, electrical, safety, pneumatic, network, PLC, HMI, Robot, SCADA, and MES).
- Manage vendors through initial specification, development, design reviews, virtual commissioning, installation, commissioning, buy-offs, and start of production.
- Establish test plans and control test plan execution at vendor sites and at Rivian’s factory in Normal, IL for various buy-offs including virtual commissioning, safety, FAT, and SAT.
- Participate in development of controls standards and specifications by feeding back lessons-learned and gaps from each project to ensure that future projects will run smoother.
- Review and approve electrical schematics for automation equipment using 480/240/120VAC and 24VDC circuits.
- Review and approve pneumatic hardware selection and circuits are appropriate for the use case.
- Review and approve network topologies and IP address allocation.
- Write, review, and approve PLC logic using Ladder and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
- Create, review, and approve user HMI and SCADA screens that are user-friendly, intuitive and suitable for operating and troubleshooting equipment.
- Implement MES logic for production and performance management into the PLCs and HMIs.
- Guide, review, and approve vendors through proper implementation of (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
- Debug and optimize automated processes to minimize cycle time, maximize availability and improve yield.
- Work with facilities team and equipment vendors to ensure clean integration on the shop floor.
- Support vendors all the way through installation and commissioning to start of production and initial ramp.
- Train Production and Maintenance teams who will support the equipment after deployment into production.
- Familiarity with common controls hardware components used in high-volume manufacturing.
- Hands-on experience integrating high volume manufacturing equipment.
- In-depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA).
- Experience participating in safety design reviews and validating equipment safeties during buy-off.
- In-depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A).
- Experience developing electrical schematics using EPLAN, AutoCAD Electrical, or similar.
- Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment using various IEC 61131-3 languages.
- Experience writing standard and safety PLC projects from scratch for high-volume manufacturing equipment using Rockwell, Siemens, or Beckhoff PLCs.
- Experience creating HMI projects from scratch for high-volumne manufacturing equipment using FactoryTalk View, WinCC, Ignition, Wonderware, TwinCAT HMI, or similar.
- Experience setting up, programming, and troubleshooting industrial 6-axis robots such as Fanuc, ABB, Kawasaki, etc. is preferred.
- Experience designing topologies for and troubleshooting common fieldbus networks such as Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, or Profinet.
- Knowledge of communications between machine PLCs and database systems
- Experience interfacing manufacturing equipment with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
- BS/MS Electrical Engineering (or equivalent – Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.)
Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.
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