Mid Career, Robotics Mechanical Engineer, Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators

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Job ID: 9974

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

Wanted: A Robotics Engineer with a range of skills related to the design, fabrication, and test of mechanical and robotic systems, preferably with direct experience in the build, integration, and test of space flight systems.

Opportunity: To join an enthusiastic multi-disciplinary workforce that originates and executes robotics technology development and space flight projects for terrestrial and planetary exploration applications. This role is focused on supporting and leading the development of robotic and mechanical systems for the Mobility and Robotic Systems section at JPL.  Example projects include sampling, manipulation, and mobility systems for Mars rovers.



Typically, you will be expected to support a number of projects simultaneously.  These projects will span both research systems as well as those destined for space.  Standard duties for these projects include the design, build, and test of robotic systems.  In particular, initial roles may be focused on the development and support of testbeds for the verification and validation of robotic elements of space flight systems relative to project requirements.  Future roles may include concept development for robotic systems or components, trade studies and documentation, detailed design and analysis, presentation of designs and analysis to review boards, fabrication of parts, specification of purchased parts, assembly of prototypes and flight hardware, and development/verification testing.  You may be working at the individual level with some oversite, as a part of a larger team, or leading a small technical team.



  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD with 2 years of experience in similar disciplines
  • Broad knowledge in one or more of the following related fields: robotic manipulators, robotic ground vehicles, electric vehicles, mechatronic systems, and rock/soil sampling systems (g., drills, scoops)
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in solving mechanical and electromechanical design problems, performing trade studies, developing design requirements, designing piece-parts and mechanical systems, and providing oversight to the fabrication, assembly, and testing of robotic systems, electric vehicles, mechatronic systems, and embedded systems
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in mechanical systems, electromechanical systems, and embedded systems.
  • Extensive experience and skill in design and analysis using one or more CAD programs such as: SolidWorks, UGNX, or Pro/ENGINEER
  • Extensive experience and skill in design and analysis using one or more PDM (Product Data Management) systems such as SolidWorks EPDM or Siemans Teamcenter
  • Experience in the coordination of a team of engineers using CAD and a PDM
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to facilitate inter-team information flow and to support review of team products

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the following:
    • Design of mechanism elements for complex systems
    • Professional machining of parts for mechanical systems
    • Specification of sensors for robotic applications
    • Specification and design of electrical harnessing and connectors
    • Development of software for embedded applications
  • Experience in an industry related to robotic manipulators, robotic ground vehicles, electric vehicles, mechatronic systems, and embedded systems
  • Experience in the development, design, build, and test of space flight systems

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