Staff Dynamometer Controls Engineer

Palo Alto, California
Jun 19, 2024
Jun 22, 2024
Engineering, Systems
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
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:
The Future Programs team exists to expand the definition of Electric Adventure Vehicle with new products and ecosystem solutions. We are specifically focused on addressing local transportation and the outsized impact towards Keeping the World Adventurous Forever that comes with disrupting short, high emission trips.

Create and develop automated Dyno validation infrastructure to enable reliable, efficient, thorough, accurate, and repeatable tests

Provide onsite support to install and verify new Dyno units or perform modifications, upgrades, or troubleshooting for existing systems. This can include cabinets, load boxes, power supplies, IO channels, communications networks, PCs and displays

Coordinate design and custom test fixtures and sensors for data acquisition equipment as needed

Model, Design, Develop, Validate and Ship control system algorithms and embedded software for lightweight propulsions systems and various user input devices (binary, proportional, etc)

Contribute to requirements engineering, HIL, SIL workstreams

Define system regression test cases and pass/fail criteria

Collaborate closely with mechanical design, electrical design, test, and embedded software teams

Minimum of M.S. in formal mechanical or electrical engineering education with focus on control system theory. Higher degree preferred

2+ years of education in control systems theory development

2+ years of engineering experience in dyno testing environment, developing systems with electric rotating machinery

Knowledge of data acquisition systems and data analysis techniques

Strong engineering fundamentals in the areas of dynamical systems, control theory, high frequency/high bandwidth applications

Significant knowledge and experience developing custom real time solutions in MATLAB/Simulink RT/Stateflow

Strong understand of rotating machine dynamics, friction, backlash, NVH and controls methods to mitigate

Significant experience developing solutions with flexible RT hardware - examples Speedgoat, dSpace, NewEagle, etc

Experience in developing custom UIs for test and development applications

Strong understanding of BLDC motor control, various input sensors, low level/high speed signal formats as well as over typical network protocols such as CAN and EtherCat

Deep skill in leveraging MATLAB/Simulink/Simscape suite for design and target code generation

Knowledge of version control (Git) and continuous integration

Knowledge of the constraints and tactics required to develop code sets compatible with resource constrained micro controllers (in addition to rapid prototyping platforms)

Pay Disclosure:
Salary range for California Based Applicants: $186,000-$232,500 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, 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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