Sr. Automation Controls Engineer, Equipment Engineering



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 Sr. Automation Controls Engineer for Equipment Engineering are the production line experts for controls in the facility in Normal, IL. This is Heavy PLC programming, not mechanical work. The team troubleshoots any technical issues during production, sometimes working with engineers on any changes, upgrades or configurations that are needed for future production changes.  Some of the Areas you could work in are Paint Shop, Material Flow, Body Shop, Stamping, Drive Unit/Inverter, Battery, General Assembly. This role is located at our Normal, IL facility and reports directly to and Automation Controls Supervisor.


  • Participate in various controls equipment buy-offs at vendor sites and at Rivian’s factory in Normal, IL for FAT, SAT, and safety. 
  • Participate in development of controls standards and specifications by feeding back lessons-learned and gaps from each project to ensure that future projects will run smoother. 
  • Continuously improve the production lines by reducing cycle time, reducing downtime, and improving quality. 
  • Maintain, modify, and properly version control equipment programs, configuration files, and documentation as changes are implemented. This includes but is not limited to hardware, electrical, safety, pneumatic, network, PLC, HMI, Robot, SCADA, and MES. 
  • Add or remove network devices from the equipment as needed, updating network switch configurations as needed. 
  • Troubleshoot, improve, and add features to PLCs using Ladder Logic and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable. 
  • Troubleshoot, improve, and add features to HMIs to make them more user-friendly, intuitive and suitable for operating and troubleshooting equipment.  
  • Implement and make modifications to MES logic for production and performance management in the PLCs and HMIs. 
  • Ensure proper implementation of and modifications to (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment. 
  • Train Production and Maintenance teams in proper use of the equipment and troubleshooting from the HMI. 


  • Expertise with common controls hardware components used in high-volume manufacturing. 
  • Hands-on experience integrating and commissioning high volume manufacturing equipment. 
  • In-depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA). 
  • Experience participating in safety design reviews and validating equipment safeties during buy-off. 
  • In-depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A). 
  • Experience developing electrical schematics using EPLAN, AutoCAD Electrical, or similar. 
  • Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment using various IEC 61131-3 languages. 
  • Experience writing standard and safety PLC projects from scratch for high-volume manufacturing equipment using Rockwell, Siemens, or Beckhoff PLCs. 
  • Experience creating HMI projects from scratch for high-volume manufacturing equipment using FactoryTalk View, WinCC, Ignition, Wonderware, TwinCAT HMI, or similar. 
  • Experience programming and troubleshooting industrial 6-axis robots such as Fanuc, ABB, Kawasaki, etc. is preferred. 
  • Experience troubleshooting common fieldbus networks such as Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, or Profinet. 
  • Knowledge of communications between machine PLCs and database systems 
  • Experience interfacing manufacturing equipment with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). 
  • BS/MS Electrical Engineering or equivalent work experience.

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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