Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Power Electronics Validation Engineer



torrance, ca, usa
Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2023

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

You’ll be a key member of the product development teams bringing to production Rivian’s next generation of electric vehicle high voltage power electronic products to include Traction Inverters, On-board Chargers, DC-DC Converters and DC-AC Auxiliary Inverters. You’ll be responsible for developing the validation test plans and leading execution of these plans. Plans must be designed to demonstrate component compliance with electrical, mechanical, environmental, durability and EMC requirements.


  • Work closely with the software and hardware engineering team members to understand requirements.
  • Work with the Test Equipment design group to define the Special Test Equipment (STE) functional requirements.
  • Develop test procedures defining specific test setup requirements and instructions.
  • Design the test fixtures required for vibration and environmental testing.
  • Provide directions to lab technicians (at Rivian labs and at 3rd party test labs) setting up and executing validation tests.
  • Create summary reports for all tests conducted and provide data analytics of the data collected during testing.
  • Document validation test failures in Rivian’s problem resolution database and support technical root cause analysis and issue resolution.
  • Manage supplier sourced sub-component validation efforts and ensure reported defects are addressed and closed.
  • Report out Validation status to the product development team.
  • Participate in design reviews, requirement reviews, DFMEAs and PFMEAs.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading automotive component validations.
  • Experience in test planning and execution from program inception to final validation sign0ff.
  • Understanding of automotive industry validation standards.
  • Expertise with environmental test set up and test error proofing.
  • Experience designing vibration fixtures.
  • Expertise in instrumentation (thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, pressure gauges, flow meters)
  • Working knowledge of automotive communication protocols (CAN, LIN, Ethernet)
  • Experience with collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence & requirements management tools like JAMA.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills for relationships with suppliers and vendors.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment.
  • Self-motivated: Demonstrated ability to set direction and guide the team towards it.
  • Hands-on approach: Proactively identifies and fills in gaps where needed.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $121,000 - $139,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).

Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

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 candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

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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