Senior Joining Engineer, Body Shop



Job Description

About Rivian

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. 

Role Summary

The Joining Engineering role at Rivian is critical to ensuring our welding technologies and processes are creating a high quality product. In this front-line role, you will have a hand in improving current processes, partnering with cross functional teams, implementing new technology and work through high level problem solving to meet KPIs. This opening is located in Normal, IL and reports directly to the Lead of Joining Engineering, Body Shop Operations.


  • Collaborate with manufacturing engineering group in equipment design, buyoff, and install for all new model launch activities
  • Assist manufacturing engineering group with cell layout, rack design, PFMEA development
  • Coach safety, quality, and production on standardized work development
  • Lead continuous improvement activity and drive problem resolution with cross functional groups including production, quality, engineering, and maintenance
  • Optimize manufacturing processes to maximize productivity while reducing issues in regards to quality, productivity, and maintenance
  • Assist manufacturing engineering group in successful runoff of equipment and ensure product and process meet all plant KPIs for mass production
  • Work hand in hand with operations to mitigate production down time and increase process efficiencies
  • Ability to lead projects, define project scopes and manage capital budgets


  • Bachelor's Degree in Weld Engineering or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a Manufacturing environment, Automotive preferred
  • 1-3+ years’ experience in automotive environment, supporting joining processes
  • Strong process skills and the ability to comprehend a wide variety of joining technologies (Ex.: RSW, GMAW, SPR, FDS, LBW, Dispense, TOX, DAW) on Ferrous and Non-Ferrous sheet metal
  • Work within quality processes to ensure integrity of automotive assemblies.
  • Ability to perform plant floor troubleshooting, root cause analysis and training to assist maintenance with the welding and joining equipment
  • Ability to support Operations with training and continuous improvement activities with the welding and joining equipment.
  • Experience with robotic welding and joining required
  • Understanding of weld assembly tooling required
  • Exceptional organization and data management skills
  • High level proficiency in excel and other Microsoft office programs
  • Experience with GD&T
  • 2D & 3D modeling experience
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to partner with cross functional teams
  • Ability to stand for 8-12 hours per day.
  • Required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 25 pounds.
  • Ability to perform all duties in a working environment that may contain dust, high noise levels, hot and cold weather.

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

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Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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