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Mechanical Engineer - Robots, Portals, Autonomous Handoff



Other Engineering
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023


Pipedream Labs is building the city infrastructure needed to make super fast delivery affordable & safe. Our goal is to make delivery so fast & effortless that almost anything you need can to be delivered in single digit minutes or less. To do this, we need to bring in the best talent in the world and provide them the tools & support they’ll need to do the best work of their careers. While we have extremely high hiring standards, a candidate’s past projects, drive, and humility supersedes their degree(s) & experience. Some of our first hires were previous founders who sold their respective companies, and some of them were/are still in college.


In this role you’ll be working directly on the robot or other physical system components. We're looking for talented hardware designers who are comfortable taking ownership of a project and having large responsibilities. We're an early stage startup developing an ambitious hardware product, so naturally there's quite a bit of mechanical work to be done. This does not mean we want someone who can come and work 80 hour work weeks — quite the opposite really. We want high-level performers who think creatively, are intentional about where they spend their effort, and know how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.


At Pipedream we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we are willing to curate a work environment that respects your work-life balance needs and ultimately takes care of you on all ends. In addition to your competitive salary & medical/dental/vision/lifestyle plan, we’ll flood you with perks, including:

  • Schedule flexibility: you choose your hours, WFH as-needed
  • 4 weeks of PTO (mandatory), plus holidays
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Family Leave (maternity & paternity)
  • Our office is dog-friendly, located 10-mins away from Downtown Austin
    • additionally, a co-working office space in Downtown Austin


  • Experience with robotics, control systems, and/or mechatronics
  • Deep experience with any CAD platform (Onshape preferred but not required)
  • Deep understanding of multiple manufacturing methods and how to design for them
    • Most of our products are made from sheet metal
  • A solid understanding of core concepts, including: mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, etc.
  • Experience with linear or rotary motion systems
  • Experience with FEA
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work in a team environment


  • Performing a full lifecycle product development (design, develop, test prototypes, manufacture & implement)
  • Designing parts, sub-systems, or entire products (depending on scope/size of product)
  • Utilizing multiple engineering disciplines throughout the design process
  • Collaborating ideas for ways to improve the product, and executing them
  • Testing & evaluating theoretical designs
  • Working with contract manufacturers to produce components
  • Working with vendors to source components
  • Performing FEA analysis on designs