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2020-01-08T21:14:55-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Hardware Lead

Hardware Engineering

Mountainview, CA

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing ideas are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. For X to be successful, we have to repeatedly turn breakthrough technology ideas into products that solve large problems in the world, and create meaningful businesses for Alphabet.  

 

Our still-confidential project is developing breakthrough technology for the global agriculture industry, with a particular focus on sustainability.  We are looking for someone to guide system design, development, and deployment of our next-generation technology platforms. This person will work cross-functionally to assess viability and tradeoffs for new products and features, and has the ability to drive dispassionate decision-making within the team.  The Hardware Lead may serve as a primary point of contact for technical discussions with both internal and external teams, and must be comfortable balancing both technical and business tensions, while ensuring proper design-for-manufacturing (DFM).

 

Responsibilities:

  • Take ownership of next generation data collection platform - including mechanical, electrical design documents.  
  • Manage subcontractor relationships for build out of platform fleet, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Take the lead on system safety, including certifications.
  • Get hands-on when needed to build, repair, or test hardware, electronic, electrical system
  • Document and track changes to all sub-systems: data capture, compute, storage, motor control, remote control, logging, batteries, power management, localization, safety systems.
  • Work closely with software and operations teams to identify, prioritize and schedule improvements to the platform, and roll-out changes fleet-wide
  • Serve as the hardware and system integration lead for value engineering of platform, and the replacement of systems with lower cost solutions
  • Take the lead in design and fabrication of durable, standalone sensor package; coordinate closely with data acquisition team and ID to rapid prototype and design for manufacture.
  • Play lead role in rapid prototyping of robotics actuation applications for use with platform.  Work closely with internal fabrication, mech engineering, and software engineering teams to meet proof of concept goals on tight timelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in robotics, mechatronics, mechanical or electrical engineering  
  • Familiar with high level programming language, such as Python, C++
  • Capable practitioner of common CAD tools, such as SolidWorks, Rhino, CATIA 
  • 5-10 years work experience in hardware design and prototyping; demonstrated leadership ability coordinating complex team to deliver on a tight deadline
  • Experience with industrial equipment (outdoor rated, UL compliant, high voltage, and safety systems a plus)
  • Proven get-it-done attitude

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering, a related field or equivalent practical experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication both written and spoken, and results oriented
  • Experience iterating early-stage products and working in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior presentation skills - both written and verbal.  

 

ABOUT X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY

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

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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