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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Engineering | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description


OnRobot A/S is a newly formed global company working to grow a world-class one-stop-shop for robot peripherals.

OnRobot A/S was formed by Enrico Krog Iverson, the former CEO of the industry-leading collaborative robot, Universal Robots, to address the next challenge in automation, End-of-Arm Tooling. OnRobot A/S is the merger of three companies On Robot (Odense), OptoForce (Budapest), and Perception Robotics (Los Angeles) to create a global leader in robotic grippers and sensors.

This role is for the Los Angeles location that focuses on the development of bio-inspired robot hands.  OnRobot Los Angeles currently develops two unique technologies: 1) Gecko Gripper that mimics the gecko foot with a unique dry adhesive technology that is used as a robust, low-energy way to griping large, flat objects like solar panels and 2) Polyskin that is a pressure sensitive polymeric “robot skin” that creates an affordable and durable force-controlled gripper for handling a wide variety of fragile and uniquely shaped objects. OnRobot Los Angeles currently works out of the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

Check out a video about the debut of the company at Automatica 2018 tradeshow

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LOCATION:              Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles, CA (

EDUCATION:           BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering required                                 


This is a great opportunity to lead the mechanical design of innovative robotic grippers at a rapidly growing company. We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrated expertise in designing and manufacturing precision, complex electromechanical assemblies and taking products from concept to production. A successful candidate will be experienced leading a multidisciplinary team to build great products. As the company is at a rapid growth stage, the candidate will have the opportunity to become a key employee and grow together with the company.


  • Lead engineer responsible for the overall mechanical design of new and existing robotic gripper products
  • Design complex mechanical components and systems for industrial automation and robotic gripper systems that include motors, gearboxes, sensors, PCBs, and custom connectors.
  • Ability to take the product through the full product development cycle from concept to product with strong prototyping and testing capability
  • Design for low volume-high mix product and ability to drive cost-effective manufacturing methods based on the scale of products, life cycle, and volume
  • Work closely with the manufacturing team to provide detailed drawings and assembly procedures for part fabrication, supply chain, and assembly
  • Validate performance and reliability of prototypes and production samples
  • Lead our mechanical design team in product development, managing projects, and meeting milestones and deliverables
  • Recruit and manage a small team of engineers, technicians, and interns


  • 7+ years of relevant mechanical engineering experience
  • Proficient in CAD/CAM packages (SolidWorks is preferred)
  • BOM management, sourcing, and procurement
  • Experience using and managing PDM
  • Ability to design mechanical fixtures and test apparatus
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Experience with developing design drawings and specifications for machined parts and custom manufactured components
  • Experience with a wide variety of manufacturing and fabrication processes (CNC machining, injection molding, die cast, 3D printing, rubber casting, and molding)
  • Determine required tolerances using GD&T and produce drawings for release to suppliers
  • Experience with running FEA at part and system level
  • Demonstrated successful project management in product commercialization
  • Experience with ECO’s, process documentation and creating operating instructions
  • Able to understand and apply industry standards (CE, UL)

Keys to Success:

  • Driven to take a sense of ownership for designs and projects
  • Attention to detail
  • Superb communication with direct reports and manager
  • Desire to be a part of and build a great, high performing team
  • Positive and supportive attitude
  • Organized and interested to build company procedures and systems that enable company growth
  • Desire for continuous improvement


Competitive salary with performance bonuses and health benefits

Desired Experience:             

  • Robotics or industrial manufacturing experience, especially grippers and end of arm tooling
  • Experience in analysis and modeling of mechanism kinematics & dynamics
  • Experience in ISO, Lean Manufacturing, and 6 Sigma environments