Senior Mechanical Engineer

Santa Clara, CA /
Engineering – Mechanical /
About Us

Iron Ox is reimagining the modern farm, utilizing robotics and AI to grow fresh, consistent, and responsibly farmed produce for everyone. Our experienced team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, and innovators are passionate about deeply understanding and developing this new wave of technology to feed an ever-growing population. 

Our mission at Iron Ox is dedicated to addressing some of the most significant issues in food security, now and in the future. We’re focused on sustainable, scalable food production for a changing climate and an ever-growing population.

Who we're looking for: 

At Iron Ox, we are automating the entire plant production process. From the development of multiple robot platforms, to our own custom hydroponic, seeding, and harvesting systems, we are taking a system level approach to creating the ideal farm. We are looking for an experienced Sr. Mechanical Engineer to architect and develop innovative new hardware systems. This role will work closely with our plant sciences group to create growing systems and technologies unique to the Iron Ox ecosystem.  

What will you do?

    • Be instrumental in the architecture of new hardware systems focused around plant science and innovative growing technologies
    • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to drive critical technology decisions
    • Own the entire product design lifecycle for various systems that make up the autonomous Iron Ox Farm
    • Work with internal teams to gather system requirements and compile requirements documents
    • Generate early stage concepts and mock-upsPerform detailed system design and analysis Validate concepts through engineering models and prototypes
    • Manage manufacturing release and drive outside vendors to deliver high quality products on time
    • Support in the production and troubleshooting of first articles
    • Perform mechanical analysis using FEA as well as traditional hand calculations for static and dynamic systems
    • Specify industrial automation components such as motors, actuators, pneumatics, sensors, and safety systems

What you bring to the table:

    • BS in Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline
    • 5+ Years of experience working on a diverse array of projects
    • Experience in a small team/startup environment, accomplishing big things with minimal resources
    • A demonstrated ability to drive projects from initial concept through completion with minimal oversight
    • Excellent SolidWorks skills with a commitment to best modeling practices
    • Experienced in FEA (ANSYS, SolidWorks Simulation, etc.)
    • Experienced in DFM and fabrication with plastics, sheet metal, weldments, and machined components
    • A history of innovative problem solving and elegant design solutions
    • General understanding of GD&T
    • General understanding of tolerance analysis and stack up
    • Experience manufacturing and prototyping in an array of engineering materials
    • Experience in the design of mechanisms, linkages, and power transmission systems
    • Ability to clearly illustrate engineering and design concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders 

    • Nice-To- Haves:
    • Experience with PDM systems and engineering release processes
    • Direct experience in the design of electromechanical machinery and robotics
    • Design experience focusing on human interaction and safety
    • Proficient at hands on metal fabrication (CNC Machining, welding, general shop tools)
    • Experience designing and integrating industrial automation and motion control systems
    • Proficient in designing industrial equipment at low to medium quantities
    • Knowledge of electrical system function, layout, and integration
    • A commitment to ID vision and an appreciation for the mix of form and function 

What We Offer

    • Iron Ox is a small startup with a big dream. You’ll be a part of a team founded on transparency, creativity, and impact on our mission to feed people
    • Competitive compensation and meaningful equity package 
    • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
    • 401K
As a condition of employment, all employees must be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19.  The Company will reasonably accommodate any applicants who require an accommodation for a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or any other basis required by applicable law, absent undue hardship, or if the individual poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

We are a mission-driven and well-funded startup, backed by the likes of YCombinator, Pathbreaker Ventures, R7, and Crosslink Capital. We are headquartered in San Carlos, CA with our primary production greenhouse facility located in Gilroy, CA and Lockhart, TX.

Iron Ox is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Please note: Iron Ox does not accept unsolicited resumes from staffing vendors, including recruitment agencies and/or search firms. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Iron Ox employees, or any other company location. Any submittals without a prior signed agreement will become property of Iron Ox. 

U.S. E-Verify Notice: Iron Ox participates in E-Verify in the United States. Iron Ox will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.