Staff Automation Controls Integration Engineer



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 Staff Automation Controls Engineer Integration works on a team responsible for carrying out all automated manufacturing standards including hardware, software, robots, safety, equipment, programming etc. architected by the automation controls development team and will report directly to an Automation Controls Supervisor. They bring all conceptualized ideas from development to production.   Specific areas of work are Stamping, Battery (module), Pack, Body (BIW/welding), Paint, Drive Unit, General Assembly. 


  • Assist with RFQ preparation and review vendor proposals for automation equipment ranging in size from single work cells to entire shops.
  • Enforce application of and guide vendors through proper implementation of Rivian standards (including but not limited to hardware, electrical, safety, pneumatic, network, PLC, HMI, Robot, SCADA, and MES).
  • Manage vendors through initial specification, development, design reviews, virtual commissioning, installation, buy-offs, and start of production.
  • Establish test plans and control test plan execution at vendor sites and at Rivian’s factory in Normal, IL for various buy-offs including virtual commissioning, safety, FAT, and SAT.
  • 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.
  • Review and approve electrical schematics for automation equipment using 480/240/120VAC and 24VDC circuits.
  • Review and approve pneumatic hardware selection and circuits are appropriate for the use case.
  • Review and approve network topologies and IP address allocation, optimizing the equipment for remote accessibility, diagnostics, backups, data collection, and cybersecurity.
  • Write, review, and approve PLC logic using Ladder and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
  • Create, review, and approve user HMI and SCADA screens that are user-friendly, intuitive and suitable for operating and troubleshooting equipment.
  • Implement MES logic for production and performance management into the PLCs and HMIs.
  • Guide, review, and approve vendors through proper implementation of (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Debug and optimize automated processes to minimize cycle time, maximize availability and improve yield.
  • Support vendors all the way through installation and commissioning to start of production and initial ramp.
  • Train Maintenance and Production teams who will support the equipment after deployment into production.


  • BS/MS Electrical Engineering (or equivalent – Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.) or Applicable work experience
  • 6+ years of hands-on Controls Engineering or Applications Engineering experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Familiarity with common controls hardware components used in high volume manufacturing.
  • In depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric code, UL508A).
  • Prior experience developing electrical schematics using ePLAN, AutoCAD Electrical, or similar.
  • In depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA).
  • Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment using IEC 61131-3.
  • Experience programming Allen-Bradley Rockwell, Siemens, or Beckhoff PLCs
  • Experience programming HMIs for fully and semi-automated equipment using FactoryTalk View, WinCC, Ignition, TwinCAT HMI, or similar.
  • Experience programming and interfacing PLCs with industrial 6-axis robots such as Fanuc, Kawasaki, ABB, etc.
  • Experience designing and troubleshooting common fieldbus networks such Ethernet/IP, Profinet, and EtherCAT.
  • Knowledge of communications between machine PLCs and database systems
  • This position will require travel during peak project times.

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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