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Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer (Design & Release) - Interior Trim



Irvine, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, May 10, 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 role of Senior Mechanical Engineer- - Interior Trim is viewed as the “CEO” of the parts for which they are responsible. During the forward model development phase the engineer is responsible for using CATIA to design parts that deliver all intended part functions while also maintaining compatibility with all criteria for adjacent engineering functional activities (i.e. Structures, Closures, Sealing, LVE, Seating & Restraints, Cockpit) and attribute targets (i.e. Safety (Regulatory), Occupant Package, Interior Package, Perceived Quality, NVH, Water Leaks, Durability). Additionally, the engineer must manage the part design to meet established targets for Variable Cost, Investment, Mass and Timing. The engineer is also responsible for working within the ENOVIA tool to document Production Release of parts and to execute part Design Changes. This is an on-site role at our design headquarters in Irvine, CA.


  • Design and develop Interior Trim components (Door Trim Panels, Hard Trim, Overhead Systems, Soft
    Trim and /or Cargo Systems) for Rivian vehicles from concept through production
  • Manage internal resources, interface with suppliers, and partner with all Rivian organizations
  • Research, establish and achieve targets for performance, appearance, quality, cost, timing and mass
  • Develop criteria required for sourcing, prototyping, testing and manufacturing activities
  • Create and maintain requirements, performance specifications and Design Verification Plan & Report
  • Work collaboratively with studio designers to develop class A surface themes that meet manufacturing
    feasibility, functional and cost targets
  • Develop CAD data (2D sections and 3D studies) using CATIA V6 software
  • Lead supplier meetings, guide design reviews and resolve / track cross-functional system and
    component issues
  • Maintain EBOMs and manage data releases in accordance with program milestones and targets
  • Consistently demonstrate a first-principles approach


  • B.S.E. or higher in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of experience in automotive interior development (7+ preferred)
  • Ability to self-direct and adapt quickly to program changes
  • Working knowledge of regulatory and certification requirements
  • High proficiency with standard 3D CAD software, preferably CATIA V5 and/or V6

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range California-Based Applicants: $107,000 -$134,800 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, 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.

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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