Diagnostic System Development Engineer


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. 

The Diagnostics Team’s mission is to be the industry trailblazer in ZEV diagnostics leveraging our smart vehicle ecosystem to delight our customers as they fearlessly (and faultlessly) enjoy their next adventure..​

We achieve our mission by developing the most advanced integrated diagnostic system in the world, capable of proactively monitoring, analyzing, and learning from our fleets throughout their lifecycle.

In this you will be the diagnostic system expert to one or more of the vehicle sub-systems to ensure appropriate requirements definition and implementation within that domain.  You will work directly with that domain’s software development team to identify and integrate necessary diagnostic system coverage to support the needs of engineering, manufacturing and service.  You will serve as the integrator between multiple stakeholder groups including engineering, manufacturing, service, and the broader diagnostic development team.

 This is what you’ll do:

  • Serve as the “subject matter expert” within one or more vehicle sub-systems driving diagnostic system development of that domain’s onboard diagnostic system.
  • Serve as the primary interface between your domain’s software development team and diagnostic software, manufacturing, and service.
  • Define diagnostic system coverage requirements for your sub-system based on DFMEA and PFMEA.
  • Develop diagnostic monitoring strategies for your domain including: detailed requirements definition, algorithm development, software implementation, and integration.
  • Work with your domain’s software development team to ensure correct implementation of all diagnostic system requirements.
  • Organize feedback from the manufacturing plant, service, and engineering to facilitate continued diagnostic system improvement and drive the update of requirements and implementation.
  • Support technical integration of your domain at the manufacturing plant as relates to the onboard diagnostic system.

This is what you’ll need:

  • BS in Engineering (preferably Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Software related discipline).
  • 3+ years of experience in an engineering role (level negotiable based on experience).
  • Experience in OBD II.
  • Technical understanding of electrical vehicle architecture.
  • Hands-on working capability with electromechanical (vehicle) systems.
  • Effective ability to troubleshoot and root cause complex systems.
  • Familiarity with Vector and/or Peak CAN based diagnostic tools.
  • Familiarity with vehicle communication protocols (CAN, CANFD, DoCAN, DoIP, ETH, LIN, XCP, SENT)
  • Familiarity with diagnostic standards (ISO-14229, SAE J2012, SAE J1979/ISO-15031, SAE J1962)
  • Familiarity with SAE J2012-DA and SAE J1979-DA is a plus.
  • Experience in (cyber)security, functional safety, and telematics is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems and deliver technical projects.
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple cross-functional disciplines, including external stakeholders.
  • Ability to think fast, prioritize, and make decisions that benefit Rivian as a whole using a first principles approach.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

This is where you’ll work:

Department: Software and Systems

Location: Irvine, CA

Travel up to 25% of the time, depending on program phase.  Travel will be primarily to Normal, IL, Plymouth, MI, and Surprise, AZ but potentially environmental test locations worldwide as well.

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.

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