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Mechanical Engineer, Electric Machine Design



Other Engineering, Design
Carson, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 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

In this position, you will be working with the Electric Machine Mechanical Design team on the next generation of electric motor components for Rivian’s Electric Adventure Vehicles. You will support motor subcomponent and assembly designs for systems that are currently in-production as well as for future products currently in development.


  • Work closely with engineering team to support sub-system and component design for electric motors and interfacing mechanical structures
  • Utilize CATIA V6 for detailed 3D part generation/revision and 2D drawing layout, ensuring design completeness and accuracy
  • Conduct stack-up analyses for parts and mating interfaces to inform components’ GD&T and manufacturing requirements
  • Travel to vendors and Rivian plant(s) for issue identification and resolution as well as general production support
  • Model and oversee fabrication of tools and fixtures to aid component assembly, lab validation studies, and part gaging
  • Assist with related workstreams associated with fasteners, high-voltage connections, sensors, and housings that interface with the electric machine
  • Lead root cause analysis studies to identify issue origins and determine appropriate containment actions


  • 3+ years of experience working in a fast-paced environment on mechanical design of complex components
  • Formal education in mechanical engineering or similar discipline; B.S. minimum
  • Proficiency with major 3D CAD software package; CATIA V6 experience preferred
  • Professional experience with applying GD&T (ASME Y14.5), conducting stack-up analyses (linear & radial), and determining realistic tolerancing limits based on material and manufacturing methods
  • Ability to perform structural hand-calculations and FEA studies
  • Understanding of statistical methods for determining part feature capability
  • Past work leading root cause analysis efforts and determining effective containment actions
  • Knowledge of rapid prototyping, high-volume manufacturing processes, materials selection, and supply chains
  • Strong engineering fundamentals in the areas of materials, mechanics, dynamics, design for manufacturability, tolerancing, high precision metrology, process control, statistics
  • High-energy, open-minded attitude willing to quickly iterate on designs and expand skillset as needed

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Candidates: $85,600 - $107,000 (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.

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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