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2019-05-16T15:08:39-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Manufacturing Engineer, Robotics

Hardware Engineering

Mountain View, CA (HQ)

Manufacturing Engineer, Robotics, X


We believe there are many problems in the world in which robotics could play a significant role in making it easier, faster and safer for people to get things done.

Role: This role is an opportunity to join a challenging robotics project in X and bring our robots into the real world. We’re looking for a skilled manufacturing engineer with experience in both low-volume/NPI environments and with taking complex products to market.   As part of a small but growing team, you’ll wear many hats-- from DFx with design engineers to developing processes and tests for prototype-scale pilot lines, to failure analysis / root cause / corrective action development, to data analysis and metrics, to bringing up component, subsystem, and assembly manufacturing with suppliers.   This is a chance to help build both a product and build the organization and processes -- we are developing new robotics technologies from the ground up and there are still many hard problems to solve with room for initiative and growth.  


  • Work with all cross-functional teams (mechanical design, roboticists, product design, electrical engineering, test, reliability, purchasing, program management, business, etc) to deliver a successful product to market.  
  • Drive DFx analysis, evaluation, and implementation in each robot product generation.
  • Design, develop and bring up low-to-medium volume robotics production lines both on-site and at suppliers.
  • Develop manufacturing processes, fixturing, and process flows for efficiently building robotics systems and drive continuous improvement.
  • Drive issue resolution in manufacturing: issue identification, disposition, root cause analysis and corrective actions.  Implement processes and best practices around issue resolution.
  • Provide input into  quality control and testing procedures, requirements and metrics.
  • Work with suppliers (in conjunction with the design engineering teams) to ensure components and sub-assemblies are built, tested, and delivery to spec.
  • Help develop and implement manufacturing strategy for new products and production ramps, including building relationships with suppliers and manufacturing partners.
  • Help drive manufacturing priorities, pull in resources, communicate issues/options to executives, and in general help the team prioritize the right things and then execute. 
 Minimum qualifications
  • BS in Manufacturing, Mechanical, Electrical, or a similar field
  • 7 years work experience in manufacturing, including bringing completely new products from first prototype to pilot (with throughput, yield, and traceability), and bringing products from pilot to manufacturing
  • Experience developing and implementing manufacturing processes
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience working with complex mechatronic systems (systems involving moving parts, complex mechanical and electrical systems, sensors, cabling, noise, etc)
  • Experience with statistics and large-scale data analysis (software, scripting, other tools) for rigorously analyzing failures
  • Excellent communicator and team player excited to collaborate with a great team
  • Organizational skills-- ability to bring order to chaos and manage issues from creation to resolution
  • Willingness to take on tasks outside your usual domain
  • Highly resourceful, creative problem solver who is comfortable in a dynamic environment.  You won’t be given a set of key metrics to optimize or a fully completed design, but instead will need to work with cross-functional teams to determine what’s most important to reach our goals.

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X creates radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We develop uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses. We’re a team of makers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. X was formerly known as Google[x] and is part of Alphabet.

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