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.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Definition and realization of Battery development equipment
    • Responsible to support design, procurement, launch and support of Battery development equipment for the purpose of pilot engineering builds, manufacturing proof-of-concept and process development activities.
    • Collaboration with internal as well as external equipment and automation resources.
    • Development of process parameters and sequence
    • Highlighting and definition of process constraints, and specifications
  • Support machine design and development
    • Collaborate and provide input to machine development from conceptualization through detailed design.
    • Detailed specification of machine work holding, fixturing, isolation, deflection, positional repeatability, and other key machine requirements for process success. Extrapolating these requirements and generating turnkey equipment specifications and Request for Quotation.
    • Develop specifications for custom automation equipment.
    • Closely collaborate with external equipment integrators on custom automation equipment design.
    • Collaborate with small teams on in-house development of novel and complex automation.
    • Manage external equipment integrators from equipment development through buyoff.
    • Coordinate as well as directly support specific equipment commissioning and validation activities; trouble shoot equipment and process issues.

Skills and Experience:

  • 7+ years of Manufacturing Engineering experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience developing new high-volume manufacturing equipment and processes for medium to large companies. Automotive/Electronics/Battery industry experience a plus.
  • Experience transitioning products from low volume prototypes to large-scale production.
  • Sound understanding and application of physics and engineering fundamentals
    • Proven problem solver – demonstrated experience of data-driven root cause analysis
    • Aptitude for learning new systems, technologies, and processes quickly
  • Able to work under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines of multiple challenges, while contributing to a positive, team-oriented work environment.
  • Effective at communicating within, across teams and upward in a manufacturing and engineering organization.
  • Detail-oriented with a strong record-keeping and organizational skills.


  • Experience and proficiency in:
    • Electromechanical design of automation, equipment, fixturing and tooling in CAD; rapid prototyping.
    • 3D and 2D CAD (SolidWorks, CATIA, AutoCAD preferred)
    • Electrical and pneumatic schematics (AutoCAD or E-Plan preferred)
    • Project management and oversight of full turnkey implementation of complex equipment – design, procurement, assembly, runoff/commissioning, and launch/ramp. Introduction of equipment to production and handoff
    • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
    • Machine Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (MFMEA)
    • Familiarity with international technical standards for mechanical and electrical machine design.
    • Familiarity with industrial controls and controls integration (PLC/HMI – Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Ignition, Beckhoff, other).
    • Understanding of manufacturing equipment safety systems and hazards (Safety PLCs, safety category requirements and standards, robot safety, safety guarding and enclosures, light curtains, LOTO, etc.)
    • Experienced in industrial safety practices and hygiene including ANSI standards, NFPA 70E, NDFPA 79, LOTO, and OSHA regulations.


  • Additional beneficial experience and skills:
    • Experience with high volume technical manufacturing and assembly processes (welding/joining, dispense, fastening, assembly, vision and measurement, electrical test, leak test, material handling, others).
    • Support of large manufacturing lines, implementation and ramp
    • Statistical process analysis, data interpretation and presentation; process monitoring and optimization; statistical software (JMP, Minitab, other).
    • Design of Experiments (DOE)
    • Experience with MES and database system architecture, data tracking
    • Basic programming (SQL, R, Python, C++, other)
    • Management experience of direct reports a plus
      • Skilled at leading, coaching and developing direct reports in engineering and technical disciplines

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.

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