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Momentum Machines

Senior Mechanical Engineer at Momentum Machines

San Francisco · Full Time

Momentum Machines combines culinary arts with engineering smarts to serve up automatically prepared gourmet burgers from scratch.

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Job Description

You are:
An experienced mechanical engineer: Experience with the full cycle - conceptualization to design to release to redesign of electromechanical devices.
CAD Savvy: You have extensive 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.
A coach: You are practiced at giving engineering design feedback. Your goals are for the team to have the best possible design and for your teammates to grow as engineers. You should have a growth mindset about yourself and your peers.
A great juggler: Solid history of solving complex problems while being able to work collaboratively while handling multiple projects on various timelines - this includes working with junior engineers to help them complete their projects. Actual juggling is always a plus.
Collaborative: You can clearly express your needs and timelines and you actively listen for others’ needs and timelines. You are diligent about communicating with stakeholders about meeting and missing deadlines.

You will:
Define projects: Work with our product managers to identify product requirements and then distill them into technical and functional design requirements.
Design stuff: Use CAD, FEA, prototyping and other techniques to design the future of food.
DFM/A, a little: Work with manufacturing experts and vendors to design a low-cost, highly functional product.
Own something: Take systems or subsystems from concept, to prototypes through design, test, and launch. Work with cross functional leaders and teams to get there.
Measure twice, cut once: Design and perform tests to validate your designs.
Give and receive feedback: Thoughtfully consider the mechanical designs of peers so that you can provide design, manufacturing, technical feedback both through the design review process and consistent informal communication.
Plan your work:. Contribute to resource and time estimations to assist in company level planning.

To apply:
Please apply via Lever:

Please include in your application a resume and cover letter addressing why you think it would be good for us to collaborate.

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.

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What We're Building

Momentum is revolutionizing the way food is prepared with technology that allows for gourmet quality food to be sold at fast food prices.

We have created a robot that makes customized hamburgers from raw ingredients to packaging, with zero human intervention. Not only does our technology prepare food in a more sanitary, expedient, and with customizable way but, it also makes the freshest burger possible.

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Alex Vardakostas
Founder, @Momentum Machines. Invented hamburger making robot. Was an engineer at STA. B.S. in physics with research in algorithms for quantum computers.
Steven Frehn
Co-founder @Momentum Machines, revolutionizing fast food. @Darko Bijelic, @Armageddon Energy. @Stanford University Mechanical Engineering.
Anastasia Gamick
Studied at @UCLA • Chief of Staff @Momentum Machines
Jeff C. Jensen
I build amazing robots.
Oshin Nazarian
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Strong research background with product design experience (Raytheon, Momentum Machines).

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Our Investors

Joel Poloney
Co-Creator of FarmVille. Investor in @Momentum Machines, @Famous.AF / Stolen, and @smashgg. Sold @Toro to @Google in 2015. Sold @MyMiniLife to @Zynga in 2009.
Shantanu Talapatra
Founder @smashgg • Worked at @Zynga • Studied at GaTech
Leo Polovets
2nd non-founding engineer at @LinkedIn => Engineer at @Google => Early engineer at @Factual => Partner at @Susa Ventures.
Justin Waldron
Co-Founder @Zynga • Angel Investor @Gigster, @YourMechanic, @HOOKED ++ • Advisor @Kik Interactive
Sam Teller
Currently @SpaceX and @Tesla Motors / Previously Managing Director and Co-Founder of @Launchpad LA / Harvard BA / LA born and raised
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