Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Motor Lab Technician II



Carson, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 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 Motor Lab Technician will be a key member of the product development team by contributing to Rivian’s next generation of Propulsion Electric Machines and Traction Inverters. You will be responsible for Electric Motor tear downs, Builds, and Test instrumentation. Additionally, you will be responsible for Dynamometer and Motor Lab maintenance, repair, test setups and operation of the high-speed electric machine dynamometers. This position will be based in Carson, CA, and requires you to work on-site and will report to the Lab Operation Manager.


  • You’ll be a key member of the product development team bringing to production Rivian’s next generation of Propulsion Electric Machines and Traction Inverters.
  • You’ll be responsible for Dynamometer and Motor Lab maintenance, repair, test setups and operation of the high-speed electric machine dynamometers. AVL/PUMA dyne experience preferred.
  • Support Dyne and Motor Lab Engineers in identifying potential improvements of test methods, practices, and work with a team of engineers on continuous improvement of electric drive systems.
  • Design and fabricate Dyne and Motor mechanical fixtures and setups.
  • Install, operate, and maintain laboratory test equipment and instrumentation.
  • Troubleshoot, root cause, document test data and report results from lab tests.
  • Procure necessary tools, equipment, and components for the Dyne / Motor Lab.
  • Utilize standard tools such as drill motors, soldering irons, calipers, grinders, and multimeters with no direction.
  • Use instrumentation such as thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, pressure gauges, and flow meters.
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Perform occasional moderate lifting.
  • Maintain good housekeeping and safe practices.


  • 6+ years of experience performing Dyne and Motor testing and fabricating special test equipment for automotive powertrain systems preferred.
  • Experience working with experimental products, components and equipment where work duties follow established standards, specifications and instructions.
  • Understanding and experience with AVL/PUMA Dyne systems, National Instruments VeriStand or similar software to operate dynes.
  • Background in a Motor Lab or Engine Lab, operation and understanding of dynamometers, motor mechanical designs and electrical test equipment setups, testing and processes.
  • Experience using basic machine shop equipment and processes.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Work effectively with teams in a fast-paced development environment.
  • Willing to work flexible hours and passionate about getting jobs done.
  • Hands-on approach: Proactively identifies and fills in gaps where needed.
  • Safety is the number one priority.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $37.42/hr - $46.77/hr (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.

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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