Sr. Field Reliability Engineer - Mechanical Systems

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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:
Reliability is at the core of Electric Adventure Vehicles. We are looking for engineers who are passionate about investigating failures, finding key insights in large datasets, and collaborating across the company with design, finance, service, manufacturing, remanufacturing, purchasing, quality, and supply chain.
  • As a Field Reliability Engineer, you will apply reliability engineering concepts to continuously improve reliability for mechanical systems across all of Rivian’s products.
  • Utilize reliability statistics to identify reliability trends in the field and provide a clear snapshot of risk.
  • Facilitate root cause investigations, with a major focus on physics of failure and a data-driven approach.
  • Create statistical analyses, ranging from simple time or miles analysis to big data physics of failure driven damage models. Utilize big data for reliability, using the new possibilities that a connected car and a direct servicing strategy allow.
  • Create reliability forecasts to provide visibility to design, finance, service, manufacturing, remanufacturing, purchasing, quality, and supply chain allowing early insight on field issues and a coordinated technical and business strategy for deployment of containment and countermeasures.
  • Analyze usage, stress and environmental conditions from the field to continuously improve product requirements and test methods.
  • Provide reliability design and process guidelines based on field findings and maintain a knowledge base of reliability lessons learned to enable continuous improvement.
  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 4+ years of industry experience in a reliability engineering or related role
  • Working knowledge of applied statistics and experience with statistical software for reliability, such as JMP or the ReliaSoft suite.
  • Working knowledge of a coding language, preferably Python.
  • Experience creating effective problem resolution methods and leading cross functional teams.
  • A desire to contribute to a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team culture.
  • Domain Knowledge (Preferred)
    • Physics of failure knowledge for mechanical systems
    • Strong understanding of mechanics of materials
    • Familiarity with mechanical design and manufacturing methods
  • A deep understanding of reliability concepts, and a proven expertise in applying Weibull analysis to drive priorities in reliability. (Preferred)
  • Familiarity with failure analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, X-ray, CT, FTIR, SEM, EDS. (Preferred)

Pay Disclosure:
Salary Range Palo Alto-Based Applicants:$146,900 -$183,000 (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
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