Power Electronics Validation Engineer (Hardware)

Carson, CA /
Propulsion – Electric Power Conversion /
Full Time
- Develop and maintain development and validation plans (ADVs and DVP&Rs) for automotive power electronic components.
- Work closely with the software and hardware engineering project teams to understand requirements.
- Develop test procedures defining specific test setup requirements and instructions.
- Define the requirements for the project test engineers to develop the required Special Test Equipment (STE) needed to execute identified tests.
- Develop custom test fixtures.
- Participate in lab equipment selection, procurement and installation.
- Provide direction to lab personnel (both in house and at outside labs) in setting up and executing validation tests.
- Participate in design reviews, requirement reviews, DFMEAs, PFMEAs and Hazard Analyses.
- Create summary reports for all tests conducted and provide data analytics from the data collected during testing.
- Create and manage potential software and hardware defects in defect tracking system.
- Support technical root cause analysis and resolution of issues found during testing.
- Manage supplier sourced component validation efforts and ensure reported defects are addressed and closed.
- Support design reviews for Product Development & Change Management, Key Stakeholder - Reviews, Component Technical Reviews and Supplier Technical Reviews

- BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading automotive or similar validation efforts.
- Experience in test planning and execution from program inception to final validation sign0ff
- Understanding of automotive industry validation standards
- Expertise with environmental test set up and test error proofing
- Expertise in mechanical tooling and integrations or automated test equipment
- Expertise in instrumentation (thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, hygrometers, pressure gauges, flow meters)
- Working knowledge of automotive communication protocols (CAN, Ethernet)
- Previous experience with electric vehicle power electronic hardware
- High level of interpersonal and communication skills for relationships with suppliers and vendors
- Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment
- Self-motivated: Demonstrated ability to set direction and guide the team towards it
- Hands-on approach: Proactively identifies and fills in gaps where needed

Department: Electric Power Conversion
Location: Carson, CA

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, MI, Irvine CA and San Jose, CA, and Surrey, England, as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

This is where you will work:

    • Department: Electric Power Conversion
    • Location: Carson, CA
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