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Sr. Thermal Controls & Integration Engineer



Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, June 14, 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

We are currently looking for a skilled and driven Controls Test and Integration Engineer to become part of our Thermal Control Software Development team. This team is dedicated to creating state-of-the-art software for thermal controls in automotive vehicles including refrigeration, coolant, and HVAC systems. The perfect candidate will possess a solid foundation in software integration and vehicle integration.


  • Design and document test cases at the system and vehicle level based on system and software requirements

  • Work with firmware developers and systems engineers to diagnose issues and drive resolution

  • Track feature maturity through test coverage across unit testing, Software-in-the-Loop (SIL), Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), and vehicle level test assets

  • Develop detailed test cases and scripts for validating feature functionality in SIL and HIL environments

  • Gather data from communication systems commonly used in embedded systems like CAN and Ethernet as well as from vehicle telemetry stored in the cloud

  • Test and calibrate thermal management features for cabin HVAC, refrigeration systems, and coolant systems to achieve attributes targets including performance, range, NVH, and cabin comfort

  • Plan and coordinate test assets to characterize and validate software functionality

  • Prioritize and escalate issues based on user impact and program objectives


  • Bachelor of Science in mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering or related field

  • 3+ years of experience working with control systems – automotive or aerospace experience preferred

  • Working experience with requirements management tools (Jama, Doors, or equivalent)

  • Working experience with issue tracking tools (Jira or equivalent)

  • Working experience with communication bus monitoring tools (Vector CANalyzer or equivalent)

  • Working experience with software calibration tools (Vector CANape, ETAS INCA, or equivalent)

  • Working experience in firmware integration, calibration, vehicle-level testing, and/or SW debugging at the feature level

  • Working experience with developing automated test cases in the unit testing, SIL, and/or HIL environment; Pytest, OpenHTF, or equivalent experience preferred

  • Working experience with C, C++, or Python preferred
  • Experience with electrical and communication system integration for system level and vehicle level test assets

  • Familiar with fundamentals of heat transfer and thermodynamics

  • Familiar with thermal and HVAC components including but not limited to water pumps, AC compressors, expansion valves, blower fans, and HVAC modules

  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time as required

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: $135,100-$194,610 (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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