Key Traits/Skills:

  • Extensive machining and fabrication experience (3+ years)
  • Ability to machine accurately (you can hit a half of a thousandth), but strong preference for moving fast rather than reaching ultra-high tolerances
  • Lots of experience designing and then building your own parts
  • Experience with SolidWorks (required)
  • Experience with CAM software (Fusion360 or similar, required)
  • Experience with part trimming and trim fixture design
  • Understanding of how different manufacturing processes (i.e. CNC, welding, 3D printing, laser cut, waterjet, etc) affect design
  • Experience prototyping with small (3 - 25 people) engineering teams
  • Ability to select suitable materials (bonus points for experience with maritime and/or composites)
  • Experience working with external vendors/fabricators
  • Communication skills – with vendors and internal team
  • Attention to detail – checking clearances and tolerances, creating drawings for suppliers, etc.

The Details:
We’re looking for a skilled machinist or very hands-on engineer to help accelerate our vehicle production and R&D processes. In this role, you will work alongside fast-moving design engineers and builders to bring drawings or whiteboard sketches into the real world. Your primary role will be running shop machinery (see below) to create tools, jigs, and parts to accelerate manufacturing timelines, but you’ll also regularly open up Solidworks assemblies, dig into the nitty gritty of how a part is made, and make your own part designs or modifications to improve processes.

Specific tasks will include:

  • Building and assisting in the design of fixtures, tooling, jigs, etc.
  • Running the following machinery in an efficient, high-quality, and safe manner:
    • Large-bed ShopBot CNC router table
    • Jet manual mill
    • Omtech CO2 laser cutter
    • Prusa i3 MK3 3D printers
    • Manual lathe that’s older than the internet but still works great
  • Prototyping new parts with fast turnarounds
  • Searching for speed and process refinements to increase production efficiency
  • Assembling and conducting QA on incoming parts from external suppliers

We know this job post covers a lot, so if you don’t fit every one of these criteria still feel free to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to do high impact work, see your designs go into live field applications, and join a fun and hard-working team on the cutting edge of ocean autonomy.

We’re committed to helping new team members succeed by ramping up with well-scoped projects and regularly taking the time to discuss where things are working and what needs to change. We’re also big on personal freedoms: if you’re on top of your responsibilities and want the afternoon off to surf, play with your dog, or do whatever you want to do, go for it! We have flexible hours, a flexible time off schedule, and a personable, kickass work culture. We want someone who’s stoked to contribute in and to this environment.

We appreciate diverse perspectives and life experiences and so encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Note, however, that we are currently unable to sponsor employment visas, so candidates must be independently authorized to work in the United States.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.