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Staff Engineer - Failure Analysis (Electrical)

Company: Rivian
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

• Reliability is at the core of Electric Adventure Vehicles. As a Staff Engineer in the Failure Analysis team, you will play a key role in generating insight through failure analysis for all Rivian products from the vehicle to component level.

Core responsibilities:

• Perform deep dive failure analysis investigations, specializing in the entire vehicle’s electrical systems.

• Be one of the founding members of the Failure Analysis lab in Rivian and own the acquisition of the specialist electrical analysis equipment required to fully equip the failure analysis lab for electrical and battery cell failure analysis.

• Collaborate with existing engineering teams (e.g. power conversion, power train, battery cell, materials development, etc.) to help define the needs for electrical and battery specific failure analysis.

• Be the Failure Analysis team subject matter expert in PCB failure analysis.

• Mentor and train junior electrical engineer(s) in the field of electrical failure analysis.

• Facilitate and lead failure analysis activities for incidents originating from reliability testing for new product development and from fielded systems. Assure that root cause is identified at the most detailed level.

• Lead the creation of failure analysis reports with exceptional visualizations and direct the communication and presentation of findings to project teams.

• Collaborate with reliability engineering and testing to recreate failure modes that are intermittent or hard to replicate. Utilize environmental testing equipment, HALT and other methods to be able to precipitate failures as a precursor to in depth failure analysis.

• Create a workflow from HALT failures into failure analysis and provide expert input on root cause, its relevance to the field and the best path in terms of addressing the finding with the design teams.

• Create strong partnerships with design, manufacturing, quality, and other teams at Rivian to drive Failure Analysis services within the company.

• Lead executive reviews related to failure analysis results.

THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

In-depth knowledge of electrical failure modes:

• Experience with low voltage PCBA failure analysis, including failure isolation, and both non-destructive and destructive failure analysis techniques is required.

• Experience with high voltage electrical failures in components such as power inverters and other drivetrain components is required.

• Experience in detailed battery cell characterization failure analysis techniques is highly desirable.

• Familiarity with various rechargeable lithium-ion battery chemistries is highly desirable.

Knowledge and hands on experience with non-destructive failure analysis techniques such as:

• Electrical probing and failure verification & isolation and curve tracing.

• Battery characterization techniques such as capacity testing, voltammetry, and impedance spectroscopy.

• X-Ray inspection – both 2D X-ray and 3D CT scanning.

• Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

Knowledge and hands on experience with destructive failure analysis techniques such as:

• Mechanical cross sectioning and polishing / etching.

• Focused Ion Beam (FIB) cross sectional analysis

• Wire Bond Pull/Shear Testing

• Battery cell/pack disassembly

• Mechanical Testing (Shock, drop, and vibration)

• Environmental Testing (Thermal Cycling and Temperature Humidity Bias Testing)

Hands on experience with equipment such as:

• Basic meters, microscopes, cross sectioning equipment, power supplies & signal generators, oscilloscopes, SAM, high mag microscope, decapsulating chemicals, CT, 2D X-ray, SEM/EDS, etc.

• Experience working on failure modes of complex electro-mechanical systems.

• Deep understanding of fundamental failure mechanism theories.

• Master of Science in EE, Physics, Materials Science. PhD desired.

• Experience leading a variety of failure analysis projects, including specifically board level electronics and high voltage component FA. Battery FA experience in addition is highly desirable.

• Experience with specifying and procuring electrical and battery cell Failure Analysis equipment is highly desirable, and working knowledge of all of this equipment is a requirement.

• Experience in the automotive industry is a big plus.

• Electrical design and CAD experience is a big plus.

• Experience managing junior engineers and technicians is a plus.

• A desire to create a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team and company culture is a must!

THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL WORK:

Department: Reliability

Location: Irvine, CA

RIVIAN DESCRIPTION:

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.

We operate development centers in Plymouth, MI, Irvine CA and Palo Alto, CA, and Surrey, England, as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.

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