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Mechanical Engineer II


Vecna Robotics

Posted on 07/14/2020


Waltham, MA


Vecna Robotics (https://robotics.vecna.com) seeks a mid level mechanical engineer with previous work experience (unfortunately, internships do not count) who can help design and implement Vecna's high performance robotic systems. You will work with a talented and cross functional engineering team to design and build custom components, actuators, and sensing methods across many products and research areas. You should be able to demonstrate exceptional mechanical design skills, and provide a portfolio of machines you designed and built that show novel design skills in the area of actuation, sensing, and structural design. You will work closely with our team of roboticists to develop next-generation automated systems that are used to transform the logistics industry. Your work will be used in real-world applications by Vecna Robotics' customers across the globe. We seek an applicant with mastery of both electro-mechanical systems and hydraulic systems. This is a full-time, salaried role.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work as a member of Vecna's engineering team to design and develop concepts, R&D level prototypes, and refine products across all of Vecna's technology space.
  • Build design knowledge about complex systems using rigorous engineering testing and qualitative analysis procedures.
  • Take responsibility for entire systems and ensure parts work as designed.
  • Break down complex challenges into solvable pieces in a prioritized and time-effective manner. Provide design feedback and critical analysis of design decisions for the team.
  • Discuss complex problems on a systems level, and frequently integrate engineering efforts with electrical and software engineers.
  • Mentor junior-level mechanical engineers in best-practices and professional growth.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or relevant engineering degree.
  • 2 years minimum of practical work experience (unfortunately, internships do not count toward this work experience) in a field related to automation or robotics.
  • Hands-on design experience with articulated electro-mechanical systems. Proficient in SolidWorks (or equivalent) modeling and FEA simulation. Mastery of tolerance stack analysis, engineering drawing creation, and GD&T.
  • Demonstrated ability to take a complex product from concept through production. Excellent visual and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic, team-based environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, creativity, a positive attitude and enthusiasm for new ideas. Experience designing for mass production, which may include experience in any of the following: machining, welding, casting, molding, or 3D printing.
  • Design experience with hydraulic systems highly preferred.
  • Experience with analytical and empirical analysis of heat transfer a plus.
  • Working knowledge of relevant safety standards for autonomous vehicles and robotic manipulation systems a plus.
  • Experience with CE and UL certification of complex electro-mechanical systems a plus.


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