Senior Mechanical Engineer at Elroy Air
San Francisco, CA, US
At Elroy Air, we are building autonomous cargo aircraft systems that will change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air can be much faster than by land or sea - but before recent developments in perception, autonomy, electric powertrain and aerospace materials, air transport has remained too expensive. We’re going to change that. And we’re solving a big problem - the express logistics industry worldwide spends $140B annually.
Our team has a proven track record in UAVs and drones, with veterans from 3D Robotics, Airware and Honeywell forming the founding and early team. We’ve started (and sold) hardware companies before. We are engineers, designers and product people who are obsessed with creating robust, easy-to-use technology that solves big real-world problems. This isn’t our first rodeo, but there’s a lot of exciting work ahead. You will play a critical part in developing & testing the Elroy Air system.
Our future partners and customers are responding enthusiastically. As we prepare to pilot our vehicles with customers, we are looking for people like you: motivated teammates excited by this mission and by the rare opportunity to develop a world-class autonomous air transport system.
There are a lot of jobs out there that you could easily get, we know that. But - speaking without humility for a second - few will be nearly as exciting as this. Come join us!This is a full-time position at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA.
What You’ll Own:
As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for leading and providing technical quality review of the design, analysis, and optimization for a range of structural, mechanical, and electro-mechanical systems critical to our VTOL aircraft’s flight and ground operations.

The Senior Mechanical Engineer role has a varied and exciting range of responsibilities:

    • Lead and provide technical oversight and quality review of the design, development, and documentation of our aircraft’s mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems
    • Lead efforts to identify mechanical, structural, and thermal requirements, and drive those requirements to validation and verification
    • Execute on complex mechanical system design and analysis, including mechanisms, actuators, linkages, and structural elements of our aircraft
    • Verify validity of mechanical designs using a combination of analytical and finite element analysis methods
    • Manage vendor, supplier, and contractor relationships to ensure parts are coming in within budget, schedule, and specification from prototype through low rate and full production
    • Assist in program-level planning for mechanical and structural work loads
    • Mentor, train, and coach others
    • Communicating collaboratively with Aerospace, Mechanical, Software, Flight Controls, Autonomous Systems, Flight Testing Engineers, Industrial Designers and Technical staff to ensure your work aligns with the overall program needs
    • Designing for manufacturability (DFM) by selecting the right materials, production processes, and vendors

Our Ideal Candidate:

    • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related discipline
    • Has 7+ years of experience as a professional Mechanical Engineer directly related to vehicle design and/or robotic systems, ideally in aerospace
    • Proficiency with SolidWorks or similar CAD software, including PDM/PLM and drawing release processes
    • Experience with mechanical, structural, and thermal management design and analysis of complex systems through analytical and computer-aided methods
    • FEA experience (NASTRAN, ANSYS, or similar)
    • Experience with AMSE Y14.5 GD&T
    • Understands the intricacies of production processes including but not limited to machining, 3D printing, waterjet and laser cutting, welding, gluing & bonding, etc.
    • Large breadth of experience in design for manufacturing, including strict engineering release processes and drawing management
    • Is respectful yet direct in their communication style and is open to feedback from teammates
    • Is able to work in a hands on environment to assist and guide technicians/assembly personnel

Bonus Points For:

    • PhD in Mechanical, Aerospace, or related engineering discipline
    • Composites manufacturing experience