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Mechanical Design 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.

Role Summary

You will be an integral part of the team with end-to-end design and delivery responsibility for a series of adventure enabling products and systems within the Adventure Products portfolio. The successful candidate will need to ensure their brand defining products of ownership seamlessly integrate with the base vehicle architecture in line with the Rivian Development Process. Combine your love for outdoor adventure with mechanical engineering design and development!


  • Create and develop detailed engineering and product requirements with the user experience and innovation at the forefront
  • Mechanical and electro-mechanical design in 3D CAD, including tolerancing and creation of 2D drawings
  • Develop and manage your part system, subsystem and component data through the PLM environment
  • Define validation procedures to ensure only mass optimized, integrated and reliable designs are released including design failure mode effect analysis (DFMEA), design for manufacture (DFM) and design verification planning (DVP)
  • Manage product timing and cost (investment / bill of materials) whilst achieving vehicle performance targets
  • Design and develop prototype parts to enable proof of concept testing including detailed analysis (FEA/CAE)
  • Manage domestic and international external manufacturing partners or vertically integrated supply chains as required
  • Geek out on all things adventure - from camping, overlanding, off-roading, surfing, skiing, travel and more
  • Solve problems for our consumers through conceptualization, iteration and refinement.
  • Key functional partners to collaborate with include industrial design, studio, program management, quality, purchasing, finance, manufacturing, product planning and corporate strategy


  • 5+ years developing mechanical and electro-mechanical products and systems
  • B.S. in mechanical engineering or related engineering field (M.S. preferred)
  • Strong proficiency in 3D CAD including concept, part and assembly design across a diverse set of products
  • Experience with the full product development lifecycle preferred (problem id, ideation, prototype, engineering design, transfer to manufacturing, sustaining)
  • Ability to work effectively with people cross functionally, at all levels of the organization
  • Must be able to lean on first principles to progress designs ahead of FEA/CAE prove out - using engineering fundamentals to confidently move projects forward without (or in advance of) computer analysis
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, supporting executive level reviews as required
  • Be self-motivated and autonomous in a fast-paced environment

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 , Mechanical Design Engineer, Other , Irvine, California

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