Sr. Design & Release Engineer - Lighting

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About Rivian:
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.
Role Summary:
In this role, you'll be responsible for the full program lifecycle of Exterior Signal and Combination including the engineering design, development & integration of the following components on new vehicle programs as a Sr. Lighting DRE with a focus on Exterior Signal Lamps.Exterior Lighting components that interface with BIW, Structures, and exterior components such as Facia, Mirrors, Tail Gate, etc. Interior lighting components that interface with Cockpit, Door trim, Roof liner, Seats etc. This is an on-site positions based out of our design headquarters in Irvine, CA.
  • Program and Engineering Lead on Exterior Lighting Program activities for Rear Combination and Signal Lamps.
  • Engineering BoM development. Cost / weight pack development. Weight BoM management
  • DFMEA & DVP creation & maintenance
  • Design surface feasibility 'FC' checks. Provide feasibility advice & guidance to Studio.
  • Participate in cross functional integration reviews for components & systems, considering technical application, form, function & harmonization of the execution, including timing plans.
  • Develop scope-of-work documents with key deliverables identified, and work with suppliers to deliver to key program milestones.
  • Support the generation / development of design rules & guidelines.
  • Leading the responsible development of the 3D and 2D models for engineering.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field
  • CAD operation skills required - Expectation for engineer to be able to create and manipulate geometry for primary communication of concepts / schemes. (Expectation 50%-time utilization for geometry Review, generation and updates.)
  • 4-6 years of Exterior Lighting Lamp development at a Tier 1 or OEM
  • Catia v5 / v6 operative skills, to be able to demonstrate high technical competence.
  • Generation of 3D geometry & sectional data. (Key module utilization: Part design & Geometric Surface design)
  • Evidence of engineering skills, including ability to manage & resolve engineering issues.
  • Highly motivated with good logical reasoning. Strong numeracy & literacy with good organizational & communication skills
  • Working Knowledge of Speos (Preferred)
Pay Disclosure:
Salary Range California-Based Applicants: $107,800 -$134,800 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, and other factors permitted by law).
Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.
Company Statements:

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