Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Staff Electromechanical Test Engineer



Quality Assurance
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

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 Future Programs team exists to expand the definition of Electric Adventure Vehicle with new product and ecosystem solutions. We are specifically focused on addressing local transportation and the outsized impact towards Keeping the World Adventurous Forever that comes with disrupting short, high emission trips.


  • Integration & test of electromechanical elements and subsystems – motors, sensors, actuation systems, etc.
  • Efficiently and effectively operate test infrastrute in support of product development testing
  • Build support hardware (wire harnesses, fixtures, reference metrology, etc.) necessary to perform testing tasks when technician resources are unavailable
  • When integration issues arise, quickly and effectively debug electronic signals, mechanical motion systems or test infrastructure elements (motors, inverters, loggers, DAQs, controllers, etc.) in order to maximize system utility
  • Work collaboratively with product design teams to inform, assemble and operate test systems & fixtures
  • Work collaboratively with product design teams to develop validation test plans and procedures
  • Post process test data and present findings to product design teams and leadership
  • Provide feedback to product design teams during architecture evaluation phases, component selection, component validation testing and subsystem validation testing phases of the product design cycle
  • Work collaboratively with technician staff, EE staff, ME staff and SW/controls engineers


  • 6+ years of applicable experience performing component and subsystem level validation and verification testing
  • Strong familiarity with electromechanical systems including motors, sensors, actuators, inverters, etc.
  • Proficiency in hands-on integration, assembly, troubleshooting and documentation of electromechanical systems
  • Familiarity with product requirement definition and tracking tools (JAMA preferred)
  • Proficiency in specification and implementation of signal filtering techniques to ensure robust data transmission
  • Proficiency in sensor and DAQ selection, configuration, and operation (Simulink Real-Time, NI, Speedgoat, CAN, analog signals, digital signals, serial communication protocols)
  • Comfortable working in a small-team environment where individuals are expected to fill the needs of multiple roles in order to ensure program success
  • Understanding of electrical safety measures and comfortable working around 5kW+ power supplies, batteries, power transmission systems
  • Track record of “continued learning”, clear communication, cross-collaboration and data-driven decision making
  • Ability to clearly document and present project material to all levels of leadership
  • Proficient with Matlab, Git, data management software, Microsoft Office products, light CAD skills
  • Minimum education: Bachelors of Science in Mechcanical and/or Electrical Engineering or higher

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $135,800.00 - $169,800.00 (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.

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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.

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