iRobot Corporation

  • Senior Mechanical Engineer (new product development)

    Job Locations US-MA-Bedford
    Category Product Development/Engineering
    Requisition ID
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date
    1 month ago(3/12/2018 2:04 PM)
  • Summary

    Further develop and challenge your career with one of the world’s foremost leaders in diverse consumer robotics.  iRobot is continually creating robotic products that improve and enhance lives.


    iRobot Corporation, founded in 1990 by three MIT associates with a mission of “empowering people to do more,” is at the forefront of the development of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies.  iRobot has a global presence and has become one of the world’s preeminent designers and builders of consumer robots.  Investing in the development and growth of its people, iRobot fosters a culture of empowerment, innovation and fun.  iRobot employees enjoy working amongst some of the most talented and influential professionals in the robotics field, utilizing cutting edge technologies in an exciting and emerging industry.  iRobot employees not only enjoy competitive health and wellness benefits, but also enjoy iRobot perks such as summer hours, iRobot discounts, and “have fun” activities and events.


    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, and global manufacturing

    Essential Functions/ Job Duties

    • 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 tools.
    • 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 processes engineering change requests as needed.
    • Lead/mentor the activities of one or two less experienced engineers.


    • BS in Mechanical Engineering (Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, preferred)
    • 5 years minimum experience in product development of mechanical systems
    • 5 years minimum experience in designing injection molded plastic parts, preferably on high volume consumer products
    • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint 
    • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and prioritization skills
    • Experience in three out of the following
      • Injection molding and plastic part design
      • 3D CAD design, preferably using PTC Creo
      • PDM usage, preferably using PTC Windchill
      • Injection molding and plastic part design
      • Consumer product design experience
      • 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

     Work Environment

    • Modern office, with cafeteria, gym, and free electric car charging.
    • State-of-the-art on-site rapid prototyping, machine shop and test lab capabilities.
    • Minimal domestic travel required.  Overseas travel to Hong Kong and adjacent China mainland occasionally (one to three times per year, typically one week at a time), with more frequent travel to Far East required when approaching production start (typically up to one week per month for three months).



    About Us

    We are the leading global consumer robot company, designing and building robots that empower people to do more, both inside and outside of the home. Founded by MIT roboticists who had the vision of making practical robots a reality. To date, we have sold over 20 million robots and globally employ more than 600 of the robot industry’s best and brightest. iRobot is committed to fostering invention, discovery and technological exploration in the pursuit of practical and valuable robot products for the home. iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.


    iRobot is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, accessible by our corporate shuttle directly from Alewife Station. We also have offices in California, Europe, Japan, China & Hong Kong. Imagine the future you could help us build as a fellow iRoboteer! Check out #LifeAtiRobot and follow us on Instagram: @irobotcareers


    iRobot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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