Van Nuys, CA, US

We are looking for a gifted and innovative mechanical engineer that has a thorough understanding of all principles related to mechanical design and a talent for hands on work. Experience with automation, precision mechanisms, fluidic systems, and/or MEMs is desired. We are a growing company with significant potential for advancement and professional development.


This position will support R&D and process improvement efforts by creating and maintaining process equipment required for the manufacturing of products created with Microfabrica’s unique MICA Freeform technology. This position will also support new product initiatives by participating in concept generation, detailed design & analysis, and application testing for components and systems utilizing MICA Freeform manufacturing capabilities.

The candidate filling this position will:

Develop, design and support machines, fixtures and sub-assemblies for production tools and R&D apparatus, often requiring micron level precision and accuracy

Participate in concept generation and brainstorming activities in support of new product and process initiatives

Provide detail mechanical design and analysis for new products

Apply understanding of principles of measurement, tolerances, and material properties to equipment & product development

Interface with vendors of equipment, components and materials

Mentor, review, and guide efforts of junior engineers and/or technicians

Education & Training

BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field

5-10 years relevant work experience

Required Experience

Demonstrated ability to design and troubleshoot automation and motion control systems

3D CAD proficiency, preferably with SolidWorks

Understanding and use of mechanical drawing practices for manufacture and GD&T

Good hands-on skills and ability to perform basic machine shop practices

Demonstrated ability to design and procure mechanical parts and assemblies to meet technical requirements

Preferred Experience

Basic programming and/or database integration for automated machine operations

Experience with designing highly precise mechanisms (micron level accuracy)

Familiarity with precision motion systems and components including linear motors, encoders, air bearings

MEMs or semiconductor equipment experience

Proficiency with FEA software like SolidWorks Simulation or ANSYS

Experience with planarization technologies such as CMP or lapping


Technical problem solving

Clear analysis & data presentation

Self-organization & focus

Proficient with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel and Word

Working knowledge of basic statistics

Excellent written and verbal communication

Technical report preparation including collection, analysis and summary of information & data