Mechanical Design Engineer

Union City, California
Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots with human-level performance on real-world manipulation tasks. We are passionate about changing the world with science and software, and we are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission. Here you will join a small, tightly-knit collective of engineer scientists committed to solving long-term problems. Our focus is the systematic integration of perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control, used to build robotic manipulation systems. As a member of the robotics group at Vicarious, you will play a critical role in our efforts to use our technology to push the state of the art on robotic manipulation.

As part of our team, the Senior Mechanical Design Engineer will oversee and guide the mechanical design of custom projects and new products from concept to production release. These designs will support robotic applications to include the integration of external systems, end-effector design, overall system-level design, and supporting subsystems.  You will work closely with electrical, mechanical, applications and research teams to create complete production-ready assemblies on schedule and within budget.

Your responsibilities

    • Mechanical design of the prototype, custom, and product assemblies
    • Support design workflow from concept to production
    • Generate complete design packages and documentation
    • Lead Engineering Change order process
    • Support fabrication and assembly of new designs as required
    • Participate in engineering build and validation cycles
    • Identify ways that hardware can improve the robustness and generality of robotic solutions


    • B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
    • Minimum of (5+) years detailed mechanical CAD drafting and design experience
    • Experience with electro-mechanical and dynamic assemblies
    • In-depth knowledge of best practices for part tolerance and dimensioning (GD&T)
    • Understanding of fabrication and assembly processes
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to think outside the box and bring innovative ideas for new products
    • Highly motivated and self-reliant
    • Works well in a dynamic environment as a team player
    • Good written and verbal communication skills

Preferred experience

    • Autodesk Inventor experience
    • Familiar with the risk assessment process
    • Robotics experience/exposure
    • Proficiency in creating detailed schematics in CAD (AutoCAD preferred)
    • Exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT, dispense systems, temperature controllers, etc)
    • Experience programming Articulated robots are highly desired (UR, Kuka, etc)
    • Experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc)
    • Experience creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment is highly desired
    • Experience transitioning products and processes from prototype to production

Desired personal qualities

    • Integrity
    • Ability to admit when wrong
    • Altruism
    • Fearlessness working outside your comfort zone
    • Patience with others
    • Fast worker
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people of various backgrounds
    • Intellectual breadth
    • Sense of humor
    • Passionate about robotics and artificial intelligence, and pushing the boundaries on real-world robotics applications

Vicarious offers unique benefits for all employees that includes personal coaching, organic breakfast and lunch and much more. Please visit Join Vicarious for details.

Vicarious is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to fair hiring practices and a welcoming working environment. All candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or expression, medical condition, or socioeconomic status. We value our differences and we’re excited to learn what you can add to our team.