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Exterior Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer- Mechanism

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.

Role Summary

In this position you will be responsible for the design, release and delivery of Exterior Mechanisms Systems (such as Wash/Wipe, Mirrors, Roof systems and Exterior Mechatronic systems), with a particular emphasis on from scratch complex mechatronic systems. You will be the Program Manager for your systems, developing it from your initial concepts through to production on time, to quality and within piece & investment targets.

As a senior member of the Mechanisms team you will be supporting the development of multiple systems at once including taking the lead on testing from proof of concept through to sign off of DVP.


  • As a leader in a world class design and development team, it is anticipated that during all development phases you push the boundaries of conventional thinking to ensure the maximum performance and customer delight.
  • Lead complex systems design for Body Exterior Mechanisms (such as Wipers, Active Aero and Tonneau systems) from clean sheet designs, defining system features & needs and working collaboratively with all interested parties to deliver them. This includes use of new and industry leading technologies to
  • Your responsibility, while primarily technical, will encompass entire responsibility for the technical integrity of your components, requiring you to collaborate with and lead a team of cross functional disciplines. The input from these teams is critical to the right first time, on time delivery of your parts. This collaboration will include technology, functional safety, purchasing, supplier quality assurance, advanced manufacturing and finance.
  • If your parts have a studio input, you will also be responsible for ensuring the timely release of surfaces from the studio to support your component release
  • Complete all design releases on time to ensure on time delivery of parts for all virtual, prototype and production build phases.
  • Lead initial DFMEA activity incorporating the necessary cross functional team members. Use the DFMEA process to drive and inform design and testing. Throughout the project, update DFMEA's to maintain an accurate record of risks.
  • It will be necessary for you to either perform your own CAE analysis or coordinate CAE input into component optimization. This will include appropriate selection of materials and manufacturing process.
  • Working with the nominated supplier you will also be responsible for ensuring thorough design for manufacturing (DFM) input has been included in the design. Key to this will be appropriate levels of dimensional control and quality assurance at the maximum volume takt time.
  • You will be responsible for geometric dimension and tolerancing of your designs either in 2D drawings or 3D models. They must have undergone DPA with no major issues prior to release
  • Capability to work in a cross functional team to understand and resolve complex production concerns.
  • Able to drive and solve complex problems, using advanced problem-solving techniques to determine containment, root cause analysis, countermeasure, and lessons learned.
  • A strong understanding of the first-principle physics of your system - the loads, forces, overall function of the system and key attributes including knowledge of Body Engineering Simulation and Analysis tools.
  • A systems approach to design and development with the desire and curiosity to strive for continuous improvement
  • An eagerness to work cross-functionally in a dynamic environment where you are part of a team - specifically this means active brainstorming, working on components that are not part of your commodity and sharing models as required to support the changing needs of an evolving vehicle and work environment


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field, Master's degree preferred.
  • CAD design experience for your commodity including an excellent understanding of those systems & components which surround & interface to your commodity - Catia V6 experience is preferred.
  • Over 6 years' experience delivering multiple vehicle programs to production, with specific experience in Body Mechanisms
  • Travel will be a key part of this role, with the candidate expected to travel to Normal to support the production line.

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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