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Staff Mechanical Engineer

CruiseSan Francisco, CaliforniaFull-time$130k - $191kOct 20, 2023
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We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

Cruise is currently seeing a Staff Mechanical Engineer with experience in thermal-mechanical packaging, hardware design, FEA simulation, mechanical verification, and validation testing. In this position, you will be part of the Hardware – Mechanical Thermal team, which is responsible for developing the mechanical-thermal management for our autonomous vehicle computing system.  You will interact with cross-functional teams like electrical, thermal engineers, SI, embedded systems, reliability, validation, and technical program managers internally, and various vendors externally to ensure high-quality components are designed. If you're interested in delivering an exciting product that will change the world, let's chat!


Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Work with cross-functional vehicle integration teams to come up with the detailed requirements for thermal-mechanical management systems
  • Lead the mechanical system design effort from early concept/architecture design through mass production.
  • Work closely with the EE and thermal team to lead/develop designs, performs hands-on testing & analysis, and activities for proof-of-concept compute system
  • Gather requirements, study design trade-offs, and define detailed specifications for mechanical components. Present data/trade-offs to management to facilitate the making of decisions
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams, manages, and provides technical guidance as needed to Tier1, Tier 2, Contract Manufacturers, and suppliers as per the project scope to ensure sound engineering or operations practices
  • Mentorship and project guidance of junior and senior engineers
  • Create DFMEA, statement of work, product specification, and engineering documentation.
  • Perform FEA and optimize the design based on the results.
  • Perform detail design, create 3D modeling and 2D drawings using GD&T
  • Develops and maintains thermal-mechanical schedule/timelines and provides updates and feedback to the technical program manager
  • Comprehend and analyze complex problems and develop solutions.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • BSME, MSME, or equivalent with at least 12 years of relevant engineering experience with proficiency in electromechanical parts and assemblies design including thermal-mechanical management and thermal interface material, preference for Staff level experience.
  • Have had primary technical leadership experience and design responsibility for all aspects of mechanical or electro-mechanical assemblies which were successfully produced in moderate to high volume.
  • Attention to detail, Systems-level thinking, and demonstrating full ownership of assigned systems/components.
  • Understand timelines and determine project deadlines to meet the program timing
  • Experience designing for harsh environments including Shock/Vibration with long-term durability.
  • Experience in driving failure analysis to determine root causes and provide an effective solution.
  • Strong mechanical design and analysis skills - The ability to develop and utilize free body diagrams, 3D CAD models, 2D drawing, GD&T, tolerance stack-up analysis, DOE, DFM, DFA, simulated use testing, and statistical analysis is required.
  • Proficiency in structural and thermal simulations
  • Proficiency in 2D drafting, 3D conceptual, and detailed design (NX preferred, Solidworks and Creo acceptable)
  • Proficiency in standard manufacturing processes (CNC machining, stamping, forging, extrusion, friction stir welding, die casting, injection molding, 3D printing) and common/basic engineering materials (sheet metal, metal, plastics, rubber, gasket)
  • Experience in electromechanical integration
  • Detail-oriented, willing to share knowledge and learn new skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Bonus points!

  • Experience in optomechanical systems
  • Experience with computing thermal mechanical systems for vehicles
  • Experience with Atlassian Jira and Confluence
  • Experience in safety-critical industries (automotive, medical, aerospace) and in cost/weight-critical applications is preferred.


The salary range for this position is $130,500 - $191,900. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks available for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. - learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private - learn more about RLO here
  • We’re Safety Conscious

    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email [email protected].

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