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Sr. Test Automation Systems Engineer



Software Engineering, Quality Assurance
Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 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 role, you will be part of the team that develops automated test systems for Rivian’s electronic control units (ECUs) including Level 3+ ADAS, telematics, infotainment, battery management, and vehicle control systems. Our team’s solutions include internal-facing software, low-level firmware, data management platforms, and custom electromechanical hardware. These solutions get deployed internally within Rivian, at contract manufacturing facilities, and at our factory in Normal.

You will be an individual contributor with a multi-disciplinary role leading the implementation of vertical test solutions for ECUs for design characterization, validation, and manufacturing. The primary responsibility of this role is to own the technical aspects of one or more test automation projects, from requirements gathering to successful deployment and maintenance.


  • Lead projects that track the develop of automated test solutions for ECUs, from test requirements to deployment.
  • Work with the electronics design teams to define test requirements and agree on testing strategies.
  • Provide system requirements to the software and hardware automation teams, based on the specifications of a given ECU.
  • Develop custom test sequences in Python following software engineering best practices and our standard automation framework.
  • Create well documented test cases and operating procedures for test systems.
  • Lead the deployment process of test equipment using GR&R, CPK, stress test, fault injection, etc., at contract manufacturers and at Rivian
  • Work with validation, reliability, EMC, and product launch teams to ensure that the test solutions meet their requirements.


  • BS/MS or equivalent work experience in Electrical or Electronics Engineering.
  • 5+ years of relevant working experience designing automated test equipment (ATE) for electronics.
  • Ability to read electrical circuits and schematics, navigate PCB layouts, and understand manufacturer’s product data sheets.
  • Experience working in the automotive, semiconductor, or aerospace industries.
  • Familiarity with vehicle communication protocols (CAN, CAN-FD, DoIP, Automotive Ethernet, LIN, etc.).
  • Experience with industrial buses and protocols (USB, VISA, GPIB, Ethernet, Serial, RS-485, SPI, I2C etc).
  • Experience supporting deployment automated test equipment in manufacturing environments.
  • Experience with automation instrumentation such as programmable power supplies, multiplexers, DMMs, signal analyzers, signal generators, multifunction devices (digital and analog).
  • Solid experience programming in Python

Nice To Have

  • Experience with databases and data management tools like SQL, Databricks, or Apache Superset
  • Experience designing custom PCBAs
  • Experience with camera interfaces and RF equipment

Pay Disclosure

  • Salary Range for Non-SF Bay Area Based Applicants: $107,800 - $134,800 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law)
  • Salary Range for Bay Area Based Applicants: $117,200 - $146,500 (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

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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