Senior EDS Design Release Engineer

Irvine, CA /
IT and Technology – Electrical Hardware /
This is what you’ll do:
The Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS) Design Release Engineer (DRE) Lead will be responsible and accountable for ensuring all Harness Assemblies are readied for release to support mass production in accordance with Rivian engineering best practices / design standards and supporting APQP/PPAP supplier quality standards.  The EDS DRE Lead will act as a technical program manager for their assigned components and ensure supporting Systems and Application Engineers have completed all necessary design deliverables to support Gateway objectives from initial, product plan feature requirements, mid-cycle actions, and through end-of-life for assigned Harness Assemblies.  Support and lead responsibilities for this role include:
 
 
This is what you’ll do:
·         Derive EDS Tracker Matrix for harness partitioning and device connections from vehicle product plan
·         Develop and continuously improve Rivian best practices for Harness Assembly guidelines and review with EDS Manager to revise the guidelines for approval
·         Identify all device connections for each harness family and design routes in CATIA v6 considering mechanical, electrical, environmental variables, establishing 110% bundle diameters regardless of the state of device transmittal maturity, and define Device ID instances in 3D, collaborating with EDS Systems Engineers
·         Establish a working relationship with Tier1/Tier2 suppliers to support pre-sourcing, requesting relative harness sub-components, supporting 2D/3D librarians for information gathering
·         Create device, inline, and specialty cable topologies for system engineering support from a packaging perspective
·         Lead development of bespoke, provisional harness sub-components such as, grommets, channels, unique connectors, holding weekly design reviews with suppliers
·         Author RFI / RFQs, defining SoW(s) and/or SoR(s), conduct supplier technical reviews, and support definition of the most practical supplier for each program considering cost, quality, and responsiveness
·         Prepare PLM release process in Enovia (eBOM), by creating component PN(s), including PN(s) required for tech and packaging variants, utilizing Risk Assessment Tooling (RAT) to establish safety critical and homologation aspects of each releasable component
·         Construct harness family complexity, defining manufacturing sales codes strings by PN, including the fabrication of specific sales codes not defined in the product plan to support harness complexity
·         Ensure the definition of piece-price, prototype/production tooling costs, mass, and all other administrative specifications are defined prior to release in Enovia (eBOM)
·         Evaluate the state of the design in accordance with program mass, piece-price, and prototype/production tooling targets and harmonize them with Rivian Gateway objectives, by proposing / communicating through an RoR Matrix
·         Author and illustrate performance test requirements to ensure component DVP&R, and that all vehicle level tests are completed prior to part warrant (e.g. USCAR-21, humidity/accelerated aging/thermal shock, submersion, dynamic fatigue cycling, and short-circuit / over-current analysis)
·         As a technical program manager of assigned harness assemblies, lead internal and supplier design reviews, ensuring closure of ALL issues, identifying design failure modes, functional safety requirements, and developing and ensuring completion of all related component and vehicle level DVP&R items
·         Support Rivian Vehicle Assembly and Tier1 builds, including on-site support for rapid design and rework for prototype / pre-production mule, electrical/mechanical static buck(s), and verification phases
 
This is what you’ll need:
·         Patience, kindness, self-control, confidently centered around a positive mental attitude
·         Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering disciplines
·         5+ years of automotive or aerospace harness assembly design and release experience
·         A current, industry standard knowledge of design verification testing required for various Harness Assemblies
·         Experience / understanding with harness sub-components, plastic-injection molding, rapid proto-harnessing sub-assembly, and form-board production assembly processes
·         Knowledge and hands-on experience and willingness to build rapid-prototypes, including procurement of components
·         Effective ability to select appropriate in lines for 3D packaging in early phases  with an experienced knowledge of circuit count
·         Effective ability to select appropriate coverings for protection against abrasion / serrations / BSR/NVH / EMI, that also accommodate harness geometries for packaging, understanding cost / design differentials
·         Effective ability to select appropriate retainers with consideration of harness and vehicle DFM guidelines
·         Effective ability to package harness in 3D virtual environment, understanding non-compliant ergonomics, tach-times, and vehicle assembly sequencing
·         Experience packaging harnesses considering communication protocol circuits such as, CAN / Lin / Base T-1000 / video, lighting signals, etc
·         Knowledge of, through experience packaging and testing dynamic harness conditions
·         3D CAD experience with CATIA v5/v6, NX, SolidWorks, or etc.
·         2D CAD experience with AutoCAD, MentorGraphics, Arcadia, or etc.
·         Willingness to develop new technologies for future programs
·         Fluent in English (speaking, reading, writing, and listening)
·         Self-driven, displaying initiative with minimal supervision
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Visio, and Power Point
 
This is where you’ll work:
Department:  Low-Voltage Electrical (LVE)
Location: Irvine, CA
 
We Are Rivian
Rivian is building a new kind of car company. Starting from a clean sheet has allowed us to learn from and leverage what’s been done in the past while giving us the freedom to reimagine mobility from the ground up. Our vehicles and technology are designed and engineered to challenge what’s possible and to inspire people to explore the world in new ways.
 
We believe in the power of adventure. While a vehicle can’t make someone adventurous, it can nurture that fundamental desire in each of us to go places we’ve never been and do things we’ve never done — thoughtfully and sustainably. Science and invention depend on our innate curiosity and desire to explore the unknown.
 
Our development centers are located in Plymouth, MI, San Jose, CA, Irvine, CA and Surrey, England. In addition to these four locations, we have a modern manufacturing facility in Normal, IL and will begin production of our R1T and R1S in 2020.
 
The Adventure Is Just Beginning
Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to delivering on our vision is building a team of curious individuals, determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves, stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking, reframing old problems, seeking new solutions and operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty.
 
Our team has a diverse set of backgrounds— but at heart, we are adventurers on a mission to move the world in a new direction. We’re currently looking for thinkers and doers with a strong sense of adventure to join us on this journey. 
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