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Mechanical Engineer

Bright Ceramic Technologies | Palo Alto, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Mechanical Engineer

Bright Ceramic Technologies is an advanced materials company that was recently founded to commercialize its unique technology platform. BCT is seeking a motivated and experienced Mechanical Engineer to execute in an advanced R&D and production environment.

The Mechanical Engineer (ME) will be responsible for the design, fabrication, integration and operation of critical mechanical parts and systems within BCT’s process line. These will range from test fixtures to prototype products to production systems, and will be used to produce products across a wide range of applications at BCT.  Additionally, the ME will focus on laser material processing in both R&D (e.g. precision slumping) and production applications. Responsibilities will include mechanical design, oversight of fabrication, technical leadership, developing and fielding novel solutions as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team.

About the Job:

The ideal candidate will be able to perform basic engineering analysis, complete detailed specifications, and build and troubleshoot systems with minimal supervision. Working with interdisciplinary teams, the ME will apply his or her knowledge of mechanical design and materials properties to invent, fabricate, and test complex components and systems that are benchmarks of elegant and effective design.  The successful applicant will be proficient in mechanical design and analysis, prototyping, a wide range of manufacturing processes, electro-mechanical systems, 3D CAD, and system fabrication.

The ideal candidate will have obsessive attention to detail and never find "good enough" an acceptable outcome while consistently meeting fluid and tight deadlines with a strong sense of professional pride and personal ownership. Communication with other team members is key.


  • MS or PHD in Engineering and 5+ years of work experience in a product development or manufacturing environment.  
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical design, mechanics and material science concepts, and system integration
  • Working knowledge of optical systems
  • Basic knowledge of circuit design and electronics
  • Experience working with and managing vendors for part fabrication
  • Experience designing with 3D CAD software, preferably Soildworks, to create complex assemblies and parts
  • Ability to clearly communicate design rationale and results
  • Experience planning and executing on prototype build plans

Employment at Bright is contingent upon your obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance of Secret.


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 401K). Bright employees also benefit from maternity, paternity and adoption leave. Bright employees enjoy the use of an onsite health and fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria (although both are currently closed due to the COVID pandemic).  The Bright facility is in a unique modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities. Bright strives to provide a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

About Bright

Bright Ceramic Technologies is an advanced materials company that was recently founded to commercialize a unique technology platform. We develop and manufacture cutting-edge components and systems in our facility in Palo Alto, California. We are a small team comprising research scientists, engineers, and technicians working collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. Bright is a subsidiary of Xerox Corporation.

Bright is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with Bright should contact Bright Human Resources.