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Lead Test Engineer, Powertrain



Quality Assurance
Plymouth, MI, USA · United States
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 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 Staff Test Engineer works with other members of the test team to lead and execute system level Powertrain testing as part of Rivian’s product development process. The activities also include enhancing test facility capability, working with requesters on methodology development, and automating testbed operation for efficient test execution. Development of automated post-processing routines, checks on data quality and feedback to the test requester are also required.


  • Perform and lead system level development and validation tests at the powertrain and vehicle levels in a lab environment
  • Lead the development of new and existing test system capabilities, from requirements definition through implementation
  • Develop electric powertrain test methods that include instrumentation and data acquisition setup needs, accessory equipment requirements, and data quality and repeatability assurance checks
  • Utilize efficient test methodologies, such as statistical DoEs, and testing best practices to maximize throughput and data quality
  • Define drive unit and gearbox test profiles and, support the implementation of the test profiles into automated test scripts
  • Analyze test data, write test reports and sign-off for publication
  • Troubleshoot testing issues with bespoke test beds and devices under test
  • Support departmental continuous improvement initiatives
  • Support other Rivian teams in the generation and execution of Rivian Test Standards, providing technical input on test setups and development / validation plans
  • Provide electric powertrain testing expertise to other areas of Rivian


  • BS in Engineering with minimum 8 years of relevant experience
  • Experience leading powertrain product development engineering project in a test lab environment (e.g. validation testing and /or performance and emissions development)
  • Powertrain and / or vehicle level product development test experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in data reduction, analysis, and reporting
  • Familiarity with the design, construction, implementation, and validation of electric powertrain test equipment
  • Proficiency with automotive control module development software (e.g. ETAS, Vector) and how to setup network communications to control modules and testbed software
  • Experience in configuring and parameterizing AVL PUMA test systems is preferred including the implementation of automated test routines; familiarity with alternative systems is also acceptable
  • Flexibility and adaptability to evolving test requirements and development standards
  • Ability to work autonomously but also lead and mentor junior engineers

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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