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Lead Mechanical Engineer - Vehicle

  • The Pod team is responsible for designing and delivering the hyperloop passenger vehicle. The Pod team has primary ownership of the vehicle’s structures, thermal management systems, interiors, and environmental control and life support systems. We’re a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team that designs and integrates numerous systems across the pod 


  • Lead the mechanical design, testing, and procurement of subsystems within the vehicle, including the chassis, structure, mechanisms, or suspension
  • Leverage design experience to create and approve solutions to meet challenging requirements
  • Prioritize, coordinate, and schedule work with those involved to deliver on time
  • Review analysis of the design, including FEA results, and approve design releases
  • Oversee CAD modeling and integration efforts
  • Own the definition, scoping, execution, and delivery of technology development tests and initial prototypes
  • Work with internal teams and external vendors to ensure timely build and delivery of functional hardware, report on status to leadership
  • Design structural components to meet targets for mass, stiffness, fatigue life, corrosion, manufacturing, maintenance, inspection, and certification
  • Develop team guidelines, processes and best practices to ensure consistent, high-quality engineering design in all products; leverage industry best practices
  • Provide technical mentoring and guidance for junior engineers
  • Direct and review work of external vendors and engineers


  • Strong intuition and knowledge within mechanical system designs, from first principles concepts through design of production hardware
  • Ability to lead in a technically-uncertain environment
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced engineering environment, make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines
  • Must be a good communicator, both spoken and written, as they will interface with many parties both inside and outside the company 


  • S. or M.S. in Mechanical, Aerospace, or related engineering field
  • Understanding mechanical design sizing and modeling at various levels of fidelity from roughly-sized concepts to fully-detailed models analyzed against a suite of load cases
  • Knowledge of attachments and joints (bolts and screws, pins, welding, joint stiffness)
  • Deep knowledge of mechanics of materials (stress, strain, stiffness, torsion, bending, buckling, structural shapes)
  • Knowledge of general structural materials (carbon and alloy steels, aluminum)
  • Proficient level skill in at least one CAD package, strong working knowledge of GD&T
  • Working familiarity with Finite Element Analysis (common constraints and load types and their behavior, a strong sense for good approximations of physical situations, basic meshing)
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication methods
  • Knowledge of dynamic mechanical systems and basic structural dynamics (damping, stiffness, resonance, modes and mode shapes, transient response) 


  • Experience taking a mechanical design from concept through release, build, test and to production on one or more occasions
  • Experience leading a small team of mechanical designers
  • Experience with a completed lifecycle of design, fabrication, testing, and certification of a human rated aerospace structure
  • Hands on experience validating and verifying mechanical systems using laboratory and in-field testing
  • Certification testing for passenger rated air transportation (FAA Part 23, Part 25, etc.) 

Job Number: 1910102863
Job Location: Los Angeles, CA
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 06/06/2019
Attention: Chad Dunavant
Address: 370 N WESTLAKE BLVD STE 120
City, State: WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91362
Phone: 805/418-9862
800 Phone: 866/458-4322
Fax Phone: 805/418-9866

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