Sr. Battery Test Engineer

at Rivian Automotive, LLC in Normal, Illinois, United States

Job Description

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

As a Sr Battery Test Engineer, you will be a key contributor to the battery test team in Normal, IL driving and executing the testing of current and next generation high voltage battery systems. In this role you will interface closely with validation/design engineers to design and execute test plans and schedules. You will communicate and work closely with different teams across the organization. You will work in a state-of-the-art battery lab where you will use your creativity to design and execute test methods. This role will also be responsible for sourcing of test equipment and resources, you will coordinate and drive testing to meet deadlines and deliver on-time. This role will be located at our Normal, IL battery test facility and reports directly to the battery test manager.

Be the technical lead and provide direction to lab personnel (both in house and external) in setting up and executing tests on Li-Ion battery systems (electrical, thermal, humidity, internal protection, corrosion, etc...)
Participate on the design of tests and validation assessments and drive the development of detailed test outlines and test methods for High Voltage battery systems.
Maintain and execute the testing on high voltage battery systems using approved procedures and test plans.
Provide detailed data analytics from data collected during testing.
Provide feedback related to battery failure modes discovered during testing to Validation Engineers, Design Engineers, and Manufacturing Engineers.
Speak up for safety issues and read across activities for actions and closures.
Participate in Bill of Design assessments, CTS, DFMEA, PFMEA, DVP&R, CTR, etc....
Support technical root cause analysis and resolution of issues found during testing.
Support hardware integration related to interfacing hardware and connection issues.
Design and modify fixtures and instrumentation for battery testing.
Develop, maintain, and enhance technical memory documents, templates, and tracking of BoD, BoM, CTS, CTR, DFMEA, ADV Toolbox, Drawing Templates, and Lessons Learned
Support design reviews for Product Development & Change Management, Key Stakeholder Reviews, Component Technical Reviews and Supplier Technical Reviews.

BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or similar discipline
Minimum 4 years automotive or battery experience in related field
Experience with High Voltage Battery Testing, including battery cycling and electrical/thermal performance specially around Li-Ion based chemistries.
Expertise with automotive test tools such as Vector CANalyzer, CANoe, CANape, Tracetronic ECU-Test, Vehicle SPI preferred.
Experience working with battery cycling test equipment (NHR, Lynx)
Understanding of high voltage, stored energy, FMVSS and battery safety
Expertise in instrumentation (Thermocouples, RTDs, Strain Gauges, Accelerometers, Pressure Gauges, Flow Meters, Data Loggers)
Expertise on consolidating large quantities of data to analyze and interpret test results.
Expertise in electrical and mechanical tooling and integrations (fixtures, coolants, and automated test systems)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and basic software scripting abilities
High energy and self-motivated
~20% Domestic and/or International Travel

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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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Job Posting: 11305822

Posted On: Sep 22, 2023

Updated On: Sep 29, 2023

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