San Jose, United States

Posted on: 2022-06-22

Category: transportation

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer

About the company:

Archer is an aerospace company building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft focused on improving mobility in cities. The company's mission is to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. Archer is designing, manufacturing, and operating a fully electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150mph while producing minimal noise. Archer's team is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

Location Requirements:

While this team is a mix of on-site, remote, and hybrid employees, this position is required to be on-site in San Jose, CA during all scheduled work. This requirement is due to the nature of the role demanding leadership, cross-functional interface ownership with other vehicle systems, and the need to be the main point of contact during testing phases (normal working business hours). 

About The Team:
As a member of the mechanical systems team, you will be responsible for supporting or leading the development of one or multiple of the actuated mechanisms on the aircraft. Team responsibilities include the propeller tilt mechanism, the variable pitch mechanism, and the flight controls surface mechanisms (flaperons and ruddervators). This is a small and dynamic team. An ideal candidate is motivated by ownership and uncertainty.

Minimum Requirements*: 

1. A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Aerospace engineering (or related) and at least 7 years of directly applicable experience. Graduate degrees may account for post Bachelor’s experience.   

2. Strong experience with and the ability to mentor junior engineers in at least 4 of the following:

  1. GD&T for mechanical systems. 
  2. Design for 14 CFR Part 23, AMDT 64 compliance.
  3. Test plan, procedure, and report development/documentation in order to verify system compliance with requirements. 
  4. Structural analysis utilizing hand calculations and finite element methods. 
  5. Materials selection inclusive of alloys, heat treatments, allowables, and surface treatments. 
  6. Siemens NX CAD and Simcenter FEA tools.
  7. Roller element bearing selection and sizing.
  8. Involute gear tooth design and analysis.
  9. Ball and/or Lead screw design and analysis.
  10. Modal and/or non-linear buckling analysis.
  11. Fatigue analysis. 
  12. Actuation controls, control loop tuning, sensor selection.
  13. Simulation of actuated systems for performance analysis, dynamic response, and test verification. 

*Note: Please include a cover letter to explain how you meet these minimum requirements if your resume does not explicitly demonstrate compliance with the two minimum requirements. The specific title and pay band will be adjusted based on total years of applicable experience.

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PDM systems
  • Proficiency in Matlab, Python, Mathcad, and/or Labview. 
  • Hands-on machine shop or mechanic experience (professional or hobby)
  • RTCA DO-160 testing experience
  • Demonstrated interest in aviation
  • Pilot’s license



Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.