United States, California, Irvine, United States

Posted on: 2022-08-04

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer - Mechanisms Future Programs

About the company:

Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to our mission is building a team of adventurous individuals determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves constantly. Stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking. Reframing old problems. Seeking new solutions. And operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty. While our backgrounds are diverse, our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. Do you like doing the impossible? We’d love to hear from you.

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. 


  • Responsible for “cradle to grave” approach to Body Closures design and development focused on concept design for new programs
  • Create concept design for novel solutions to current and new opportunities.
  • Lead analysis of concept and final product, testing & launch, and commercial & timing activities
  • Work with studio design team to bring studio concepts to life in world class engineering on new programs
  • Perform kinematic and structural analysis using Altair Inspire and other software to optimize designs.
  • Lead collaborative development of closure's components and systems including interface with body engineering, manufacturing, studio design, quality, and customer experience teams.
  • Responsible for component release for closure's components and systems throughout program lifecycle, including concept design, supplier engagement, BOM management, systems requirements, simulation analysis, prototyping builds, validation testing, and production support



  • Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline (Master’s degree and significant experience is a plus) and 3+ years’ experience in automotive closures development or equivalent industry experience. 
  • Proficiency in closures systems mechanisms design using Catia V6, hardware and mechanisms experience preferred
  • Proven concept development in closures systems including understanding of product requirements and closures features to deliver world class customer experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Handles
    • Latches
    • Dampers
    • Load Reduction Assist Mechanisms 
    • Window Regulators 
    • Power Actuators 
    • Charge Port Door Mechanisms
  • Advanced use of Altair Inspire for analyze structural performance, motion forces, kinematic performance, manufacturing options with rapid iterations
  • Strong understanding of 1st principle physics of a closures system –loads, forces, and overall function of the system, and tradeoffs among design, package, function, and customer experience involved with these systems. 

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 [email protected].

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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