Mechanical Design Engineer at Momentum Machines
San Francisco, CA, US
About Momentum Machines:
Founded in 2009 and located in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, Momentum Machines is a small collective of food lovers and engineers with decades of robotics and restaurant experience. In the past five-plus years, we’ve solved many difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges, helped each other grow, and built some interesting intellectual property.

Our first device makes gourmet burgers from scratch. Not only do we grind the meat to order, we also slice tomatoes, onions, pickles, and a brioche roll fresh for you. Accented by an infinitely personalizable variety of produce, seasonings, and sauces, you can get exactly what you’re craving. Serving a burger this great at such affordable prices would be impossible without culinary automation.

We’re building an engineering-focused group of analytic and creative individuals. The team consists of roboticists from institutions including Berkeley and Stanford and firms like Tesla and NASA. Our culinary team contains veterans of Chez Panisse and Fat Duck. Our advisors include experts across fields like engineering, culinary, design, intellectual property, and even a NRN Restaurant Operator of the Year Award winner. Additionally, we’re further advised and supported by some of the top investors in the Silicon Valley.

About the role:
We are looking for a junior engineer to jump right in and start assist in both design modifications and new designs. There will be plenty of opportunity for mentorship meant that this will be a high growth position.


You are:

CAD Savvy: You have experience with 3D modeling and print making. Others would consider you to have strong technical CAD skills. Bonus points if you’re solid with Solidworks or capable with CATIA.
Biased towards action: Instead of waiting for detailed instructions to come to you, you seek out information and ask for advice from stakeholders. After that, you’re off to making stuff happen.
An experienced mechanical engineer: Experience with design of electromechanical devices.
Positioned for growth: You look for opportunities to pick up new technical skills and soak them up like a sponge. You have knowledge gaps (we all do!), but you know when to rely on your peers, the internet, books, vendors, or experts in order to fill them.
A great juggler: Solid history of solving complex problems while being able to work collaboratively while handling multiple projects on various timelines and reprioritizing with necessary. Actual juggling is always a plus.
Exceeding expectations: We don’t require this, but it would be awesome if you were familiar with PPAP, ECOs or reliability/durability testing.

You will:

Discover improvements: Coordinate with our user experience and data teams to review our performance and make recommendations for improvements to immediate designs or future ones.
Design and redesign: Work with system experts to implement improvements that you identify. Work with manufacturing experts and vendors to design a low-cost, highly functional product.
Push projects to completion: Use CAD, FEA, prototyping and other techniques to design the future of food. Work cross functionally with our operations team to update our bill of materials, with vendors to purchase parts, with our test team to validate and our build team to build.
Find out if stuff works: Conduct functional tests on electrical, mechanical, and software to ensure products function as anticipated. Conduct tests to gauge reliability and durability of designs.


Momentum Machines doesn’t discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We’re committed to being a team that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics.