Mechanical Engineer - Structures

South San Francisco
Mechanical Engineering /
Full-time /
At Elroy Air, we build autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems to change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air is faster and more efficient than by land or sea, but before recent technological and regulatory developments, it was prohibitively expensive. Today, we’re able to expand middle-mile logistics possibilities across multiple sectors. The commercial express shipping industry spends $140B annually on the middle-mile and needs faster, better solutions - while the armed forces are increasingly prioritizing unmanned aerial cargo delivery systems.

These partners and customers are already responding enthusiastically to the technologies we are pioneering. As we develop and deploy these systems, we are looking for people like you: motivated collaborators, excited by our mission and by the rare opportunity to improve how logistics works around the world. You will play an important role in establishing Elroy Air as the industry standard in this massive market.

Diverse perspectives at all levels are critical to innovation and employee development. We encourage our team to bring their whole selves to Elroy. This includes but is not limited to gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, age, ability, parenthood status, veteran status, educational background, citizenship status, or any combination of these characteristics.

As a Mechanical Engineer you will be responsible for designing, analyzing, building, and testing the flight-critical airframe components that bring our autonomous UAV to life. You will support a wide range of structural engineering challenges, driving design and decision making that enables aircraft testing and flight. 

This is an onsite, full-time, salaried, exempt role based in South San Francisco with as needed travel to our flight test facility in Byron, CA.

What you’ll own:

    • Designing and developing structural details, assemblies, and installations of various aircraft subsystems, including the airframe, flight control surfaces, rotors and propellers, and landing gear from requirements development through integration
    • Supporting the development and maintenance of the structural engineering ecosystem including design guidelines, analysis methods and tools, test procedures, and allowables
    • Providing subject matter expertise, technical review, design guidance, and mentoring
    • Understanding program objectives and requirements to conduct trade studies and define architectures, requirements, and interfaces between subsystems
    • Developing subsystem and component requirements compatible with safety, performance, and business objectives
    • Managing functional and physical interfaces between the airframe and other vehicle subsystems
    • Performing analysis and test to verify subsystems and components meet performance and safety requirements
    • Communicating information about vehicle subsystem design, requirements, and performance with all stakeholders
    • Selecting and managing suppliers/partners to ensure components are within budget, schedule, and specification
    • Interfacing with customers, suppliers, partners, and internal stakeholders to ensure program alignment
    • Preparing and presenting at gated design reviews to demonstrate the adequacy of the design

Our ideal candidate:

    • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related discipline
    • 5+ years of experience as a professional Mechanical Engineer, directly related to vehicle structural design in the automotive, aeronautical, and/or space industries
    • Proficiency with SolidWorks, Solidworks PDM, and data release processes
    • Demonstrated success in developing, communicating, and specifying high-performance structural details, assemblies, and installations incorporating a variety of materials and processes including metallic and composite part fabrication and finishing, and assembly fastening, bonding, and welding
    • Proficiency with MBD and GD&T
    • Strong abilities in applying first principles, hand, and computer-aided analysis techniques to quickly guide and prove designs
    • Is kind, respectful, and direct using strong verbal and written communication skills. Open to giving and receiving feedback.
    • Thrives in a dynamic hands-on environment

Bonus points for:

    • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related discipline
    • Experience with lift + cruise configuration aircraft
    • FEA experience (Femap/NASTRAN, Abaqus, ANSYS, or similar)
    • Experience with FEMAP, NX Nastran, Matlab, Mathcad, Labview, and/or Python
    • Experience designing, manufacturing, testing, certifying, and operating airworthy primary and secondary airframe structures, flight control surfaces, rotors and propellers, or landing gear
    • Working knowledge of Part 21 FAA aircraft type certification processes and Part 23, Part 27, and Part 35 airworthiness standards. Experience with requirements, means of compliance, and methods of compliance.

What's in it for you:

    • Competitive pay + generous equity package
    • Comprehensive options for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
    • Company-sponsored long and short term disability coverage
    • Retirement planning: 401(k) with company contribution + Roth IRA
    • 3 months of fully paid parental leave
    • Highly flexible time off policy- that we actually want you to use!
    • Employee Assistance Program with 24/7 support
    • A kind, diverse, and highly skilled team
    • Flexible work arrangements (we understand you have a personal life)
Elroy Air's compensation package includes market competitive salary, equity for all full time roles, and great benefits. If you are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, our expected cash compensation for this role is $150,000 - $220,000. We are hiring for multiple levels and backgrounds so final offers may vary from the amounts listed based on experience, expertise, and other factors.

We encourage you to apply even if you aren't an exact match for our open role as many of our team members come from nontraditional backgrounds.

All employees will be screened through E-Verify.

This position will require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please note that any offer for employment will be conditioned on any required authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations necessary to perform the responsibilities of the position.

Elroy Air does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters that we do not have a written agreement with and all employment activities are managed through our People & Places team. We reserve the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes received without being responsible for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes.