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. 

This is what you’ll do:

  • Join a team developing next generation battery cells for Rivian!
  • Work with multiple teams, including fellow cell engineers & automation control engineers to get inspired and develop the next generation of cell technology, manufacturing equipment, processes and cell factories.
  • Be at the forefront of leading innovation and technology in automation controls.
  • Push the limits of technology to build a world-class automation platform that minimizes development time, reduces commissioning time, and eliminates unplanned downtime for Rivian’s slurry, liquid, and powder Mixing and Feeding Systems. Be proud of your automated systems that will change the environment in our world for the better.
  • Be a key stakeholder in decision making for fast iterations and mass production scale-up.
  • Envision manufacturing strategies for Mass Production, Pilot, and even R&D scale equipment with several order of magnitudes improvement over the status quo.
  • Utilize your deep understanding of automation, equipment, sensors, valves, utilities, and manufacturing to string together highly efficient and robust mixing systems.
  • Combine innovative controls, mechanical, and process PID techniques to establish novel approaches to improve mixing efficiency and material charge/discharge times while maintaining product quality. Write, test, and launch custom code to accomplish this.
  • Help lead R&D architecting, writing, and debugging PLCs using Ladder Logic and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable, and reusable. 
  • Develop HMI and SCADA screens that are user-friendly, intuitive and suitable for operating and troubleshooting equipment.
  • Design interfaces that streamline the interface between the manufacturing equipment and supervisory level systems such as the factory Manufacturing Execution System (MES). By validating all of these internally developed standards and tools on production-representative lab equipment and virtual simulations you will have the ability to establish and maintain high quality and robust behavior throughout all implementations. 
  • Develop standards, specifications, and procedures that are critical both for internally designed processes and for vendors designing manufacturing equipment for Rivian.
  • Writing and owning the electrical standards, specifications, and procedures covering topics including but not limited to hardware, sizing, connections, naming, installation, testing/inspection.
  • Collaborating both internally to Rivian and providing guidance externally to vendors to follow Rivian’s standards is a crucial aspect of this role.
  • Well-document all aspects of highly automated, production-worthy mixing systems and make the operations completely safe.
  • Solve technically complex problems using fundamental, data driven methodologies.
  • Ensure equipment and process compliance with applicable standards, policies, acts, regulations and codes.
  • Be part of the solution to the exponential scalability challenges associated with cell manufacturing and help keep Rivian adventurous forever!

this is what you’ll need:

  • BS/MS Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Science Engineering, or equivalent.
  • 5-7+ Years of relevant experience in the field of electrical design for industrial automation.
  • Experience in setting up and running Mixing and chemical Raw Material feeding automation. Familiar with batch mixers, continuous mixers, spray dryers, reactors, feeding systems, chemical systems, etc.
  • Experience with material transfer systems (e.g. pneumatic conveyance, physical conveyors, etc.)
  • Experience managing teams, projects or programs of controls standards creation, development and/or design.
  • Experience developing company standards and reusable code for programming Siemens, Beckhoff, or similar PLCs. 
  • Experience designing and developing drive panels, sizing drive loads and motors, PID tuning. Have proficiency programming and tuning variable frequency drives.
  • Developing, implementing, and tuning complex PID control loops (e.g. analog valves, pneumatics, motors)
  • Knowledge of electrical standards surrounding Hazardous Area Classified and/or Explosion Proof areas. Understands associated NEMA requirements.
  • Have understood, created, and/or critically reviewed P&IDs
  • Development of Ignition: window templates, Python scripting, data input and analytics. Data collection via OPC-UA and ability to write scripts for collection systems.
  • Experience developing with ePlan EEC, EEC1, Cogineer or API, WSCAD Project Wizard or AI module, AutoCAD VBA.
  • Have analyzed power distribution impact on electrical design
  • Experience with semi-automatic stations, safety, data traceability, data recovery handling. Process development with semi-auto and automatic sequences.
  • Familiarity with common controls hardware components used in high volume manufacturing.
  • Understands and helped develop Hazop risk assessments/solutions, has good understanding of pneumatics, understand risks and calculations to aid component selection. Experience designing and programming safety critical systems.  Knowledgeable in safety hardware selection as well as Fail-Safe design and component selection
  • Have scaled various analog sensors
  • Hands-on experience integrating high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Knowledge of communications between machine PLCs and database systems such as MS SQL or MySQL. 
  • Experience interfacing manufacturing equipment with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). 
  • Understanding of programming languages such as Python, C++, etc. 
  • Experience creating electrical schematics for a variety of manufacturing applications.
  • In-depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA)
  • Experience with system level integration and handshakes
  • Instrumentation & controls experience helping to develop P&IDs and selecting instruments (e.g. valves, temperature transmitters, pressure transmitters, etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A).
  • Understanding of common fieldbus communication protocols such as Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, or Profinet.
  • Have extensive experience and resume automating mixing and/or chemical systems on a Mass Production scale.
  • Highly data driven; familiar with statistical software and approaches to provide data to make informed decisions. Familiar with statistical-based factorial Design of Experiments (DOE) and chemical/mechanical analytical analysis equipment
  • Has knowledge of highly accurate powder conveyance (e.g. screw feeders, air locks, pneumatic feeders, storage hoppers, filter receivers, dust collectors), liquid and slurry conveyance (e.g. various pumps, flowmeters, cooling/heating control loops, etc.)
  • Deep experience: Proven ability to scale equipment/processes from lab to high volume – and safely!
  • Curiosity: Get excited about coming up with new ideas about processes, equipment, and sensors, and ask the questions to make them better! Not afraid to tinker with the interesting and fundamentally sound ideas.
  • Highly data driven: Scaling and using inline sensor output data to make informed decisions on automation feedback loops.
  • Critical problem-solving skills: No fear to ask the right people, the right questions at the right time in the right way. Learn all that is needed to get to the bottom of our current bottlenecks to redefined manufacturing.
  • Detail oriented: Desire to become an expert in automated controls for Mixing, Solids and Bulk Handling, Liquid Transfer, and Slurry Transfer. Know them like the back of your hand.
  • Execution: Drive open actions to closure – dot all the ‘I’s and cross all the ‘T’s. Make sure the lessons and outcomes are communicated to the cross-functional teams. Ensure alignment is reached.
  • Play nice cross-functionally: Your stakeholders include manufacturing equipment, process, product design, EHS, quality, construction, production/sustaining, supply chain, external vendors, etc.
  • Thrive under pressure: Manage competing demands and tight deadlines of multiple simultaneous projects and challenges. Ability to follow through and make significant progress in a fast pace, demanding, dynamic environment
  • Strong problem-solver: Have skills and aptitude for learning systems quickly


  • Experience with mix recipe management
  • Familiarity with installation and wiring practices
  • Experience with PLC, HMI development
  • Experience with Safety PLCs
  • Experience with pneumatic systems design
  • Some familiarity with facilities requirements, such as power, air, water, specialty gasses (N2, Ar)
  • Experience with communicating engineering requirements and managing design sources

This is where you’ll work:

Department: Cell Engineering

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Rivian description:

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. 

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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