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Local Senior Engineer (Chassis)

Irvine, CA, USA Req #251
Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Schedule: M-F 7 AM- 7 PM PACIFIC TIME (depending on business need- with flexibility- average 8 hour days)

TITLE- SR. Design Release Engineer (Chassis)

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.

Position: Chassis Design Release Engineer (Contract Position)

Reports to – Senior Manager – Chassis - Steering, Wheels & Tires

Location: Irvine, California

Position Purpose

This position will support concept design, design maturation, packaging, analysis and validation activity for spare wheels, spare tires, jacks, service kits, temporary mobility kits (compressors and sealants) and other chassis architecture components for electric vehicles. This position will work in a team environment, capturing requirements & attributes, ensuring these requirements & attributes are achieved, seeking solutions to technical challenges, and utilizing lean principles to enhance the product offering.

Major Responsibilities

  • Collaboratively design and implement chassis architecture components including (but not limited to); wheel, jack/service kit & structures systems, integrating with chassis component systems from concept to production
  • Create and develop engineering specification packages that effectively communicate to internal and external partners to ensure products meet given project parameters
  • Project Management of chassis component development & validation
  • Complete and release component documentation, including 2D drawings
  • Manage designed parts in the virtual environment and support virtual build and release activities
  • Develop collaborative relationships with suppliers, and manage them to deliver components on time and to specification
  • Work closely with Design, CAE, Whole Vehicle & Dynamics Teams to take components from initial conception right through to completion, ensuring all parts are delivered robustly to quality, cost and time.
  • Effectively balance multiple projects, responsibilities, and tasks simultaneously
  • Meet program timing & budget constraints whilst achieving vehicle dynamic, crash, aero, NVH and chassis attribute targets
  • Define validation procedures to ensure only optimized, integrated and robust designs are released
  • Work in a team environment towards bringing new product and technologies and techniques to the process.
  • Travel as necessary to support supplier visits & production engineering support

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Automotive or Mechanical engineering preferred
  • Demonstratable experience operating Catia V6 3DX / ENOVIA, to perform basic CAD activities such as drawing creation, packaging, measurements, assembling, sketch & surfacing and releasing.
  • Ability to identify optimization opportunities from CAE/testing results
  • 2 years+ Chassis component design and/or development experience preferred.
  • Experience with designing for manufacture for aluminum and steel components, and understanding of production methods; casting, forging, machining, pressing, stamping etc
  • Experience with designing for manufacture for plastic components, and understanding of production methods; injection molding, blow molding etc
  • Must be familiar with DFMEA/DVPR usage and review of these documents
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of chassis design & vehicle dynamics
  • Candidates should be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Excellent communication skills, able to interact effectively with domestic and international teammates & suppliers
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems using first principles

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $47.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $68.00
  • Job Start Date Monday, May 6, 2024
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  • Irvine, CA, USA