Senior Mechanical Engineer

United States

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iRobot is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer. You will participate in and provide technical leadership in the design of mechanical subsystems for state- of-the-art consumer robots.

You should have expertise in product development for high volume manufacturing, use of plastics and commodity materials, engineering analysis, global manufacturing, and working with joint development partners

What You Will Do:

  • Accurately estimate time for design tasks.
  • Assist in translating product requirements into mechanical subsystem specifications and performance metrics.
  • Conduct research and analysis, generating innovative technical solutions in creating a product that meets functional and aesthetic requirements.
  • Generate creative design solutions to address complex problems.
  • Understand and communicate technical risks and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Use analysis tools including DFMEA, spreadsheets, FEA, and other simulation tools to predict design margins.
  • Utilize statistical tolerance analysis to ensure proper fit and function.
  • Generate mechanical layouts and detailed part design using 3D CAD (PTC Creo).
  • PDM using PTC Windchill
  • Conduct cross-functional design reviews.
  • Verify designs early through rapid prototyping using several in-house rapid prototyping technologies and our extensive machine shop capabilities.
  • Work with Reliability, Quality, and System Test teams on life testing and validation.
  • Complete thorough documentation and archiving in the PDM system.
  • Manage the details of transition to manufacturing including resolution of first article inspections and assembly issues.
  • Initiate and process engineering change requests as needed.
  • Lead/mentor the activities of less experienced engineers.
  • To Be Successful You Will Have:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering (Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering preferred)
  • 5 years minimum experience in product development of mechanical systems
  • Strong 3D CAD capability, preferably using PTC Creo
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and prioritization skills
  • Experience in three out of the following
  • Consumer product design experience
  • Working with JDM partners
  • Small mechanism design – using motors, gears, bearings, wheels, linkages, etc.
  • Fluid flow design – fans, pumps, tubes, CFD methods
  • Optics, light piping, light sensors and infrared light management
  • Sensor systems, including rotational encoders, sonar, inertial, laser, vision
  • Battery-powered portable vacuum cleaning systems
  • Other desirable areas of capability:

  • ASME drafting standards, dimensional management methods and GD&T highly desirable
  • Experience with use of CAE tools for virtual design iteration (structural, dynamic, thermal and fluids)
  • Product Data Management (PTC Windchill, preferred)
  • Design for Manufacturability, Injection Molding, Assembly, Serviceability, Recyclability
  • Material selection, especially with plastics
  • Experience working with JDMs in a joint development partnership
  • Mobile robotic platform development
  • Applied programming experience (Python, Java, C++, etc.)
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.
  • Design mock-up and rapid prototyping methods, such as Objet, SLA, SLS, FDM, machine shop usage
  • Statistics, including Six Sigma, reliability engineering, DOE, comparison testing, Cp, Cpk,
  • Structured problem-solving methods, including 8D, is/is-not, fault-tree and “fish-bone” analysis
  • In Return You Can Expect

    iRobot is a highly technical environment that moves extremely fast, and the Mechanical Engineering team is a critical part of the engine that drives us forward. The ME teams are highly integrated with our partners in organizations that span engineering disciplines and a wide variety of functions from marketing to manufacturing. Bring your experience and high potential, and you are sure to learn and grow! iRobot has a wonderful culture that supports growth, fast progress, technical excellence, and a strong sense of community, which makes for a fun and rewarding experience every day!

    Job details


    Senior Mechanical Engineer




    United States


    February 05, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 06, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality, iRobot has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide. The company has developed some of the world's most important robots, and has a rich history steeped in innovation. Its robots have revealed mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza, found harmful subsea oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and saved thousands of lives in areas of conflict and crisis around the globe. iRobot inspired the first Micro Rovers used by NASA, changing space travel forever, deployed the first ground robots used by U.S. Forces in conflict, brought the first self-navigating FDA-approved remote presence robots to hospitals and introduced the first practical home robot with Roomba, forging a path for an entirely new category in home cleaning. With more than 30 years of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot remains committed to building robots that provide people with smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives.


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