Job title: Lead Mechanical Engineer

Location: Huntington Beach, CA (onsite role)

Comp range: $140K - $155K


  • Health/dental/vision (full coverage for employees, partial for dependents)
  • Industry competitive compensation and stock option plan
  • Unlimited time off and sick days
  • Relocation assistance provided if applicable

Looking to propel a startup with your mechanical engineering expertise? Want to leverage your proven high-growth experience and role-up-your-sleeves work ethic to have a lasting impact? Do you have an interest in developing and building a revolutionary product? If so, we would love for you to apply!

About skyTran

At skyTran, we are an ambitious team who hate traffic. We are building a breakthrough magnetic levitation transportation technology to reduce commute times by 4x. We are a Series B company backed by great investors including Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Reliance Industries, India’s largest private corporation. Our mission is to build mobility that delights riders, connects communities and develops beautiful and livable cities.

Why this role exists

We are designing the first human-rated, commercial-ready version of our PRT (Personal Rapid Transport) technology. The lead mechanical engineer will take the technical lead in specifying, designing and developing skyTran’s next generation vehicle subassemblies. These include magnetic propulsion drives, magnetic levitation assemblies, brakes and other subsystems that make up the core components of our vehicle.


  • B.S in Mechanical Engineering
  • 15+ years industry experience
  • Proven experience in leading development of complex new electromechanical products (being able to discuss in detail past technical achievements)
  • Extensive experience with SolidWorks; Capable in using SolidWorks Sim is preferred; Experience in PDM strongly preferred
  • Experience in automotive or aerospace industries is a plus.
  • Proficient with GD&T (ASME Y-14.5M) design and drawing practices.
  • Solid understanding of core engineering principles, system design and analysis (FEA, CFD, thermal)


  • You will generate concepts or will use already developed concepts and take each system through the development cycle of design reviews, documentation creation, analysis, safety, performance verification and integration with higher level systems.
  • You will be responsible for the development of the critical test equipment and fixtures that support the development effort of the core systems.
  • You will be assisted by staff mechanical engineers and will coordinate their time in a way that best meets the company’s needs.
  • You will also be performing all aspects of technical lead duties including multiple design & technical interchange reviews and status reviews.
  • Your work will be achieved through collaboration with other technical and non-technical members of the skyTran team.


  • Proficiency in operating Solidworks CAD design tool for generating parts and assemblies, developing concept layouts, collaborating with other team members’ work and performing various preliminary analysis including loads, dynamic, thermal expansion, and vehicle safety studies
  • Develop and test mechanical and electromechanical systems and structures
  • Create subsystem specification documents in compliance with product and system requirements
  • Distill complex specifications for next generation MagLev Vehicle higher level systems into component and subsystem requirements
  • Prepare and present detailed designs and critical technical reviews
  • Design and develop mechanical subsystems, from concept to release, using 3D CAD and create 2D drawings using standard GD&T
  • Identify and resolve system design weaknesses
  • Design components while taking into consideration : strength of materials, heat transfer principles, design for vibration and harsh environments
  • Implement design tools (e.g. FMEA GD&T, tolerance analysis, FEA, DOE’s, simulated use testing, and statistical analysis)
  • Design and/or integrate sensors for various measurement applications (force, acceleration, pressure, temperature, displacement, etc.)
  • Develop acceptance and qualification test plans utilizing sensors, controllers, environmental chambers, shock and vibration tables etc., as needed
  • Perform thermal and or structural analysis using industry simulation tools
  • Assist in checking and validating drawings to meet design, manufacturing inspection, and supplier requirements
  • Assist in creating complete interface control and assembly drawings
  • Develop manufacturing processes and procedures
  • Mentor junior and fellow engineers on rigor, analytics and proven engineering standards and practices.
  • Collaborate with members of skyTran team to advance the technical and company culture goals of the company.


  • Superb creativity, vision and problem solving skills
  • Hands-on attitude in assembly, maintenance, and/or mechatronics
  • You are consistent and take ownership in situations. You get things done, regardless of external circumstances.
  • You have a high level of curiosity

In the first 90-days on the job, you will:

  • Hit the ground running from day 1
  • Dive into intensive testing and design

In the first year, you will:

  • Make it or break it stage from 6-12 months
  • Have systems ready for demonstration in the US and abroad