Development Engineer - Pilot



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 Development Engineer Pilot role exists to provide support and cross functional technical expertise within the Pilot team. Within this role you will be placed on a high-caliber team providing support and technical experience to diagnose and fix early, non-salable, build, and ensure future products meet and exceed design specifications. You will be responsible for identifying early product/process/software problems, provide and execute solutions to keep the vehicle progressing through the manufacturing process. Our operation is crucial for the future at Rivian as we are helping the organization to improve the design and manufacturability of all the future Rivian products that will hit the road. We achieve this with a can-do mindset, strong partnerships, integrity, and attention to detail. 


  • Diagnose vehicle hardware and software defects on the pilot manufacturing line and robustly communicate findings to stakeholders.
  • Participate in various cross-functional Program, Engineering and Manufacturing Readiness forums.
  • Provide clear updates on status and recovery plans for Manufacturing, production, and Engineering development, as necessary.
  • Transform high level observations into defined problem statements and execute investigations of product or process defects.
  • Create supporting documentation including test instructions, specifications, drawings, and summary reports.
  • Support manufacturing facilities, identifying issues affecting throughput, quality, craftsmanship, continuous improvement, and test readiness.
  • Drive prototype vehicles in both public road and closed course environments to evaluate performance objectively and subjectively.
  • Travel up to 30%, occasionally with limited notice.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering: Mechanical, Aerospace, Software, Electrical, Mechatronics, or similar field.
  • Strong grasp of engineering fundamentals and first principles.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in production or engineering environment, with experience launching products from prototype into series production.
  • Firm understanding of how complex production lines operate including production control, material handling, supply chain, quality, and production team.
  • Ability to collect and analyze vehicle data.
  • Experience with CAN analysis tools such as Vector CANalyzer, Vehicle Spy, PCAN-Explorer. (Experience with automotive ethernet is a plus)
  • Experience flashing ECUs, using Vector V-Flash or proprietary tools.
  • Ability to read wiring diagrams, general schematics, and interact with CAD software.
  • Familiarity with Systems Integration: ECU network architecture, EV powertrains, and supporting systems.
  • Basic understanding of automotive functional safety (ISO26262) preferred.
  • Experience with high volume production processes and systems.
  • Experience driving prototype vehicles.
  • Experience subjectively evaluating a prototype vehicle dynamically and statically for functionality.
  • Experience with any of the following is a bonus: JAMA/JIRA/Confluence, GIT, Python/C programming languages.

Pay Disclosure

Salary for California Based Applicants: $94,000-$108,000 annually (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

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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