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. 

Responsibilities

  • Join a team developing next generation battery cells for Rivian!
  • The factory that supports cell manufacturing is a technological challenge that needs constant optimization. Learn, understand, and own the utility and facility requirements for novel cell manufacturing equipment and processes. Develop a deep knowledge of how the manufacturing process ties into the factory “system”. Define and understand how the factory impacts the equipment and process, and vice versa.
  • Own the justification for key cell manufacturing systems – what do we need and why? Become the expert in cell manufacturing environmental requirements, VOC abatement systems, and heating/cooling systems. Follow your systems through commissioning and operation to advise the next-gen system requirements (bigger, faster, better)
  • Work with utility/facility design engineers, construction teams, and operations teams to execute factory projects from start to finish. Understand what these teams need to know for the project to be successful.
  • Utilize your knowledge of the aforementioned systems to drive equipment- and system-level changes to drive down cost, lead time, and move the needle in cell production technology. Use data collected from pilot and lab equipment/lines to scale up to mass-production desig
  • Work with manufacturing equipment engineers and suppliers as the subject matter expert for common cell facility systems (dust collection, chillers/temperature control, process exhausts) to advise equipment strategy and selection and influence purchasing decisions
  • Develop building and room-level mass and energy balances to optimize designs for room conditions (temperature, humidity, cleanliness) by incorporating manufacturing equipment requirements.
  • Facilitate technology tradeoffs to drive decision making for current and future facilities. Collect and generate data (capital and operational costs, timelines and durations, footprints, energy impacts, etc.) to fully develop all options.
  • Explore industry research, new technologies, alternative methods and process techniques to establish novel approaches to improve factory cost, speed, and reliability.
  • Be a key stakeholder in equipment and factory decision making for fast iterations and mass production scale-up
  • Solve technically complex problems using first principles and data driven methodologies
  • Ensure equipment, process and utility system compliance with applicable standards, policies, acts, regulations and codes

Qualifications

  • Experience: 3+ years of experience in A) manufacturing engineering/project management, B) mechanical factory systems engineering design, commissioning, or facilities operation in the following industries
    • Battery/Cell Manufacturing
    • Semiconductor Manufacturing
    • Solar Cell Manufacturing
    • Other high-volume manufacturing with emphasis on environmental conditions and product cleanliness
  • Education: 4+ year degree (Bachelors or Masters) in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering (or related field)
  • Motivation: An insatiable desire to understand how manufacturing processes work on a first-principles basis. Must be comfortable challenging assumptions and data with the scientific principles governing the manufacturing process.
  • Preferred Experience with any/all of the following:
    • Design, construction, and commissioning of mechanical utility (HVAC) systems

    • Dehumidification system (industrial) specification and design

    • Cleanroom design and ISO standards for such

    • Heat recovery design for factory-level optimization and energy savings

    • Solvent/VOC abatement system design and operation

    • Hazardous dust collection/vacuum system

  • Crossfunctionality: Our team is big, and everyone has a role to play. Interface with product design, manufacturing engineering, quality, construction, production/sustaining, supply chain, controls, external vendors, etc. Come together to resolve differences in opinion, reconcile different ideas, compromise and convince others to make progress towards our goal
  • Attention to Detail: Dive into the equipment and building information, know your process, equipment, layout, and utilities like the back of your hand. Be able to explain “why” we want to make our factory this way.
  • Execution: Drive actions through closure. Overdeliver by communicating outcomes, lessons learned to the cross-functional team, and plan for future success by improving our processes to prevent mistakes down the line.
  • Seek Solutions to Big Problems: The path to our goal is full of unknowns and uncertainties, and the questions we need to ask (and answer!) seem daunting. Be fearless in asking questions from the cross-functional team, open all the cans of worms, be relentless in asking “why?
  • Be First-Principles Based: Use what you know about math and science to make educated guesses to questions we can’t answer. Check your work – does this make sense? Be wrong, figure out why, and then figure out how to be right. Collect data to prove your theories and validate our designs. Convince others
  • Understand Manufacturing Environments and Processes: Prove your ability to scale process/equipment from lab to high volume – and understand the challenges that occur at a factory-level. Optimize your designs and decisions to give the best chance of a successful ramp and production start.
  • Be Organized: Not gonna lie, we have a lot of numbers to keep track of, and we must be able to communicate them accurately and quickly to our cross-functional stakeholders. Be proficient in all the standard office software, be able to communicate your ideas concisely. Develop new tools for communication as needs arise, and make our existing tools better.
  • Thrive Under Pressure: We have a lot of work to do, and our mission doesn’t leave much time for procrastination or hesitation. Be comfortable multi-tasking and managing multiple priorities. Be able to focus and deliver on tight deadlines. Push yourself when it’s important, and don’t forget to celebrate with the team when we achieve our goals.
  • Problem-Solving Mindset: Have deep experience in solving manufacturing and/or process challenges. Understand debottlenecking, root cause analysis, how to use data to find patterns. Come up with ways to test our theories (in a lab? On the pilot line?) and execute.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required.

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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