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Prototype and Special Projects Lead Mechanical Engineer

Company: Rivian
Location: irvine
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job 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, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

This person will work closely with the Director of Prototype and Special Projects, Prototype Engineering Manager, Prototype Shop Manager, and PM teams to lead and deliver Prototype projects on-time and of high-caliber


  • Lead collaborative discussions with system engineers to deliver production-intent vehicle systems on the prototypes. Audit designs for manufacturing feasibility. Weigh problem fixes against project needs to determine best solution on the floor.
  • Lead a small team of Prototype Engineers and/or Prototype Designers to design and analyze prototype level parts and systems for Prototype Shop manufacturing. Lead DFM and DF Prototyping efforts to ensure parts can be fabricated quickly and quality.
  • Be responsible for leading and approving work instructions for prototype vehicle system builds and retrofit activities.
  • Be responsible for leading documentation of project requirements and build issues using an implemented tracking/management system.
  • Lead project builds and collaborate with shop manager and technicians to create new and improve existing shop processes for increased throughput and quality.
  • Work with Program Management team and Shop Manager to develop build schedules.
  • Clean and organized worker to maintain overall shop cleanliness and organization


  • 6+ years experience in Automotive Prototype environment
  • A strong understanding and experience in a prototype and fabrication shop processes
  • BS Mechanical or relevant engineering degree
  • Ability to solve problems quickly in a dynamic work environment with aggressive timelines
  • Passion for building in free time
  • 10+ years CAD software experience (Catia, Solidworks, UG, etc.)
  • Travel Requirements of Position

Equal Opportunity

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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