Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Senior Mechanical Engineer



El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

We'd love to hear from you if you want to

  • Join a quickly growing, profitable startup ($12M round raised in January 2024)

  • Work on a product with hypergrowth metrics (7X revenue in last 12 months)

  • Solve problems in a huge market ($1T market size)

  • Work on products that have an impact in the real world

About this role

Picogrid is looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer who is passionate about advancing the state of the art in defense. As a foundational member of Picogrid's engineering team, you will work closely with our founders to define our core technology stack, engineering culture, and product roadmap.

In this role

  • You will design, test, and deploy electromechanical systems to enable the deployment of autonomous sensor technology across the globe

  • You will raise the bar for defense technology and set a new paradigm for how autonomous systems are designed and deployed

  • You will NOT get bored, working across diverse engineering problems and eventually shaping your role as an individual contributor or manager

  • You will work alongside top machine learning, hardware, and software engineers

Who you are

  • You take extreme ownership and maintain a deep understanding of your hardware through detailed design, hardware bring-up/characterization/testing, requirements generation/verification, and by seeing your hardware through all aspects of its lifecycle

  • You thrive in fast-paced environments with fluctuating requirements and blank-sheet designs

  • You test and iterate on products to enable high-field reliability and performance in all environments and use cases

  • You can refine prototypes into production systems with high-rate, high-yield, reliable manufacturing

Some types of experiences we're especially excited to see

  • 3+ years of professional experience designing and delivering production-ready mechanical systems

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, or another engineering discipline

  • You have a multidisciplinary background with an ability to work closely with software, firmware, mechanical, PCB layout, integration test, manufacturing, and deployment teams

  • Active clearance or eligible to obtain clearance

  • Experience (or interest in) building climate tech, defense tech, or related fields

Why join us?

Picogrid is a leading defense technology startup building hardware-software systems for public and private sector customers. We offer:

  • Stock options with a high upside (early stage)

  • Unlimited PTO and eleven paid holidays

  • Full Health Coverage (medical, dental, and vision)

  • Daily office-provided lunches and dinners

  • Remote/hybrid-friendly work environment

  • A one-time stipend of $500 to assist with expenses that come with setting up a home office

  • Unique office in downtown El Segundo, CA, stocked with quality coffee, snacks, and craft beer

Interview Process

  1. You apply

  2. Quick intro call with founder

  3. 1-hour technical screen with one of our engineers

  4. 1-2 hour take-home project

  5. Half-day onsite interviews

  6. We make you an offer 🎉

About Picogrid

Picogrid is a defense technology company that builds a common platform for unmanned systems. We are building the missing middleware for defense.

Our products connect fragmented technologies including sensors, cameras, radar, drones, and other defense systems into mission systems including human interfaces, AI systems, and sensor fusion applications.

From day one, your work will touch the lives of our users across the U.S. Army, Air Force, CAL FIRE, PG&E, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

Export Control Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.