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Crash Structures Engineer

Company: Rivian
Location: Irvine
Posted on: June 6, 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.


  • Develop vehicle design in support of all crashworthiness regulations for North America and international markets

  • Apply engineering fundamentals and hand calculations to interactively guide vehicle design and provide feedback as CAD data is being developed

  • Use LS-Dyna to analyze CAD data from the engineering team and perform vehicle, system, and component crash analysis including, but not limited to FMVSS, IIHS, NCAP and other international regulation and rating tests

  • Summarize simulation results in a complete and easy to understand format for sharing with the development team

  • Utilize scripting, programming, and software vendor support to automate the model build and analysis for quick turnaround of results

  • Support all physical test through instrumentation and running of test into processing and interpreting results

  • Collaborate with program management, systems engineering, manufacturing, studio, and other development teams


  • BS in Mechanical or Biomechanical Engineering required, MS preferred

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

  • A strong understanding of the first-principle physics of automotive body structures and energy management in a crash.

  • Knowledge of an automotive design and development process, system requirements, and general engineering best


  • Understanding of Automotive body structures, material properties, joining methodologies, and the ability to model and analyze these using LS-Dyna

  • An understanding of the tradeoffs among design, package, function, and customer experience involved with these systems

  • An eagerness to work cross-functionally in a dynamic environment where you are part of a team - specifically this means active brainstorming and working on components that are not part of body structure as required to support the changing needs of an evolving vehicle and work environment

  • A system approach to design and development with the desire and curiosity to strive for continuous improvement


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


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Keywords: Rivian, Irvine , Crash Structures Engineer, Other , Irvine, California

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