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 a Design-for-Reliability Engineer focusing on software systems, you will play a key role in designing reliability into the Rivian’s vehicle software and hardware from concept to production phases.  
  • You will get to work with a world-class team of hardwaresoftware, and reliability engineers to come up with creative solutions to some of the most challenging engineering problems by thinking outside the box. 
  • Be the resident reliability development expert to the Software and Controls teams, building understanding of reliability objectives and how to design reliability into their code.

Day In Life  

  • Collaborate across hardware and software to identify software usage patterns and develop use cases for software and reliability testing. 
  • Analyze usage and environmental conditions to improve requirement setting and testing methods. 
  • Facilitate Design FMEA sessions to drive reliable design choices and improve validation test planning. 
  • Participate in design reviews and facilitate the reliability section of the design review. 
  • Develop reliability design guidelines and apply reliability lessons learned to enable continuous improvement. 
  • Devise test methods to explore design margins for software driven failure modes. 
  • Partner with the simulation teams to assess problem areas before physical parts are available for testing. 
  • Specify reliability validation plans for components and subsystems using a physics of failure approach. 
  • Provide guidance on sample size requirements and duration for reliability testing by utilizing reliability statistics. 
  • Facilitate failure analysis to understand root cause and drive resolution for failures originating in testing. 
  • Assess and clearly communicate risk at each phase of the reliability program. 
  • Research failure mechanisms of new technologies and applications. Create designed experiments (DOE) to explore alternative component selection, architectureand usage specifications. 
  • Collaborate with the Sustaining Reliability Team to develop Ongoing Reliability Testing strategies. 
  • Be the gatekeeper of reliability risk throughout product development and drive activities to successfully burn-down risk before SOP. 
  • Partner with Field Reliability and Failure Analysis to assure reliability lessons learned are incorporated into future products.


  • Minimum requirement is a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline or equivalent. Level of Role depends on experience and qualifications. In addition, a strong technical background and interest in reliability:  
  • Understanding of the interaction between software and hardware, and how it drives system reliability via stress and usage. 
  • Familiar with methods to stress electronic systems via stress test software. 
  • Experience contributing to FMEAs and collaborating with cross functional teams.  
  • Working knowledge of coding languages, preferably C/C++ and Python. 
  • A desire to contribute to a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team culture. 

Must have domain knowledge:

  • Embedded system knowledge, bridging between hardware and software. 
  • Physics of failure knowledge for electronic components that are driven by software usage and profiles. 
  • Understanding of degradation models of static and dynamic memory, microprocessorsand/or other sophisticated electronic components. 


  • Experience with deploying reliability testing guidelines and inventing new ways of testing for automated/controlled systems. 
  • Working knowledge of statistical software for reliability, such as JMP or the ReliaSoft suite. 
  • Familiar with reliability growth modelling for software. 
  • Good understanding of reliability statistics including Weibull Analysis. 
  • Expertise in accelerated-life-test development methods for embedded systems, including software effects on reliability. 


Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at accessibility@rivian.com.


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