Seeking a Senior or Staff-level Mechanical Engineer who likes to design and build sophisticated industrial machines.
Ideal candidate will be able to independently execute the design process, working either as or with a system architect, from concept definition based on (sometimes) minimal specifications through detail design, documentation, manufacturing build and validation/troubleshooting.
Common design elements include a wide variety of robots, high speed/high precision motorized mechanisms & stages, pneumatic systems, complex process and metrology integration, including lasers/optics, vision systems, vacuum/plasma, RF power, pico-liter and high viscosity fluid handling, etc.; stringent environmental control systems (ex. aseptic, particle-free, oxygen-free, temperature/humidity controlled, …)
Experience with capital equipment design in an industry such as semiconductor, display, solar/energy storage, medical device/pharmaceutical, automotive or consumer electronics is required.
Expected to quickly create rough concepts and assist with estimating BOM and NRE costs for program budgeting purposes.
Must be able to work with, and inspire confidence in, customers, colleagues, program managers, electrical and software engineers and manufacturing personnel.
Expected to demonstrate technical leadership within project teams.
BSME or equivalent, plus at least 10 years’ experience as a mechanical design engineer in the design of automated capital factory equipment
Must have practical experience with equipment design from concept development through build and test
Position requires excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to work effectively in teams in a technical leadership role
Must work efficiently with minimal supervision in a fast-moving and fluid environment
Mechanical design and documentation using SolidWorks 3D design tools
Experience with additional CAD tools is a plus
Includes concept development, system architecture design, assembly & detail drawings, bills of materials and manufacturing instructions
Experience with stress, vibration and thermal analyses a plus
Detailed knowledge of common automation components (motors, bearings, gearboxes, pneumatics, gas and water components, frame types, sheet metal and other enclosure materials, etc.) is required
Familiarity with PLC control systems a plus
Able to design and deliver prototypes to specification, including performance, cost and schedule
Develop and execute proof-of-principle and reliability/cycle tests as required. Able to rapidly learn new technologies, techniques and requirements on the fly
Regular, mostly local to the Bay Area, travel will be required for meetings and technical support at customer sites. Occasional travel outside the Bay Area, including overseas, may be required