Senior Mechanical Systems Reliability Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


Senior Vehicle Reliability Engineer - Mechanical Systems

You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special.  You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects.  The pace doesn’t scare you - it excites you.  Quality and integrity matter to you.

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• As a SR. Reliability Engineer focusing on mechanical systems, you will play a key role in designing reliability into the Nikola’s chassis systems products from concept to production phases

• You will get to work with a world-class team of design and validation engineers to come up with creative solutions to some of the most challenging engineering problems by thinking outside the box

• Be the resident reliability development expert to the chassis design team



• Minimum requirement is a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline or equivalent.

Preferably 5+ years of automotive/truck industry experience and a minimum of 3 years in Vehicle Reliability. Level of Role depends on experience and qualifications. In addition, a strong technical background and interest in reliability

• Experience with facilitating FMEA sessions in order to drive reliable design choices, improve validation test planning & reliability section of the design review while leading cross functional teams  

• Working knowledge of a coding language (Python preferred) of statistical software for reliability, such as JMP or the ReliaSoft suite

• A desire to contribute to a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team culture

• Understanding of degradation of mechanical & structural components, physics of failure, mechanics of materials, fracture mechanics and mechanical design, Highly Accelerated Testing methods and governing equations for different types of failure mechanisms

• Experience using CAN tools & data analysis for hybrids, BEV or FCEV vehicles.


• Experience with deploying reliability testing guidelines and inventing new ways of testing

• Good understanding of reliability statistics including Weibull Analysis

• Expertise in accelerated-life-test development methods for vehicle chassis components

• Working knowledge of vehicle dynamics

• Understanding of metallic and plastic part design and manufacturing processes

Experience in using CAD software (e.g. CATIA)  Working knowledge of failure analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM, CT, X-Ray, EDS

• Working knowledge of chassis system and components DAY IN LIFE

• Set and communicate Reliability Validation requirements and targets for components, subsystems, and assemblies before physical parts are available for testing

• Analyze usage and environmental conditions in order to improve requirement setting and testing methods

• Develop reliability design guidelines and apply reliability lessons learned to enable continuous improvement

• Devise accelerated test methods to explore design margins and grow reliability efficiently

• Specify reliability validation plans for components and subsystems using a physics of failure approach

• Provide guidance on sample size requirements and duration for reliability testing by utilizing reliability statistics. • Facilitate failure analysis to understand root cause and drive resolution for failures originating in testing

• Assess and clearly communicate risk at each phase of the reliability program

• Research failure mechanisms of new technologies and applications. Create designed experiments (DOE) to explore alternative choices on materials, processes, and designs

• Influence supplier selection for higher reliability and provide clear guidance on reliability requirements and demonstration to suppliers

• Collaborate with the Sustaining Reliability Team to develop Ongoing Reliability Testing strategies

• Be the gatekeeper of reliability risk throughout product development and drive activities to successfully burn-down risk before SOP

• Partner with Field Reliability and Failure Analysis to assure reliability lessons learned are incorporated into future products

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. 

This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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