Google Reliability Engineer, Hardware Test, Self-Driving Car, X in Mountain View, California

The self-driving car project aims to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility and making it easier and safer for everyone to get around, regardless of their ability to drive. So far, we’ve self-driven over 1 million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.

This is a hands-on position within the Reliability team where the engineer will interface with Self-Driving Car hardware and software for the entire design cycle of various electromechanical hardware modules. The goal of the Reliability group is to help design and validate the most reliable self-driving car hardware. This requires the involvement of the reliability engineer from the early prototype phases of the design through various characterization activities (thermal, mechanical, etc.) and validation of reliability requirements. You will wear multiple engineering discipline hats (i.e., mechanical, electrical, software). Therefore, fundamental understanding of each one of these engineering fields is crucial. Due to the nature of this position, the engineer will work with design, manufacturing and quality engineering groups on a daily basis.

As a Reliability Engineer on Hardware Testing, the engineer will develop automated testing systems that interface with multiple hardware modules, environmental chambers, and various measurement equipment (electrical, optical, and mechanical).


  • Plan, design, execute hardware characterization tests using automated scripts/software
  • Design mechanical test fixtures
  • Own the entire hardware reliability program for multiple hardware modules from prototype to production phase
  • Coordinate failure analysis efforts on hardware components
  • Develop test automation solutions

Minimum qualifications

  • BS degree in an engineering or physics field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 2 years of experience in hardware development cycles
  • Experience in Python, MATLAB, C++, SolidWorks
  • Experience with electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics. Experience reading electrical schematics and mechanical drawings

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an engineering field similar to electrical, computer, mechanical or mechatronics
  • 4 years of experience in fast moving hardware development
  • Experience in electro-mechanical hardware module design
  • Automotive reliability engineering experience
  • Desire to learn by breaking things quickly