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Mechanical Engineer

The Engine Accelerator

The Engine Accelerator

Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
About The Engine
The Engine opened its doors in June of 2017 to founders of early-stage companies working on disruptive technology. Founded by MIT, The Engine’s mission is to provide capital, resources, and comprehensive support to help founders build the next generation of world-changing companies. Our 155,000 SF state-of-the-art facility in Central Square, Cambridge includes offices, meeting spaces, bio & chem labs, fabrication spaces, and prototyping labs.
What is a Mechanical Engineer?
The Engine is looking for outstanding entrepreneurial engineers to support The Engine’s engineering community. In this role the Mechanical Engineer will collaborate with the Engineering Manager to manage prototyping shops and equipment, reduce equipment downtime, and ensure that our space is safe, usable, and efficient. They will also work directly on prototype fabrication projects with the tough tech companies that utilize our space. We are looking for a safety-conscious, proactive, curious, multi-disciplinary engineer who is excited to balance time between a variety of activities, including maintenance, fabrication, and technical instruction. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, a customer service orientation, and enjoy working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Train users of various skill levels to safely and appropriately utilize engineering equipment
  • Design and/or fabricate prototype components in collaboration with resident companies
  • Serve as the primary contact for all machine shop equipment maintenance (mills, lathes, saws, etc.)
  • Provide support to resident companies on access, training, and troubleshooting of shop equipment
  • Improve or develop guides and protocols for engineering equipment
  • Manage tool and consumable inventory to ensure continuity of supplies while maximizing cost efficiencies
  • Work with resident companies and Engine EHS to ensure hazardous material compliance
  • Maintain engineering fabrication facilities and general housekeeping

Essential Qualifications

  • Mission-oriented, energetic and upbeat with the resilience and demeanor to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, while remaining calm and composed
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • 2+ years of professional experience as a mechanical engineer, machinist, or other technical role
  • The ability to work in-person on a full-time basis from Monday through Friday, including occasional early mornings and evenings
  • Experience working safely with CNC mills, lathes, and other machine shop tools
  • Experience with a swath of rapid prototyping tools (3D printers, laser cutters, waterjet, breadboarding, microcontrollers, etc.)
  • Experience with 3D-Modeling software (Solidworks, Fusion 360, OnShape, etc.)
  • Experience in teaching technical skills (teaching fellowships, mentorship roles, leading technical teams, etc.)
  • Experience with process improvement, lab management, and/or community building
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to independently prioritize and follow objectives through to completion
  • Detail-oriented and organized with solid time management skills
  • Natural curiosity about what our teams are doing and how to help them
  • Bring a fresh perspective and new ideas for improving experience and efficiency

Additional Ideal Qualities

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Apps
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs.
  • Experience with programming (Python, etc.)
  • Ability to use image and/or video-editing software is a plus
  • Electro-Mechanical knowledge is a plus
  • Biomedical engineering experience is a plus