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Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer (R2461)

Shield AI

Shield AI

Other Engineering
Dallas County, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2024
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
Are you a passionate and innovative product design engineer looking to help develop state of the art AI and robotics products? Are you eager to make a positive difference in the world? Do you want to work alongside mission driven and values focused teammates? Shield AI is just the place for you!
As a Senior Staff Engineer - Mechanical you will be responsible for leading the mechanical design and development of Shield AI's autonomous UAV products. You will architect new products, perform and direct the detailed design of complex electro-mechanical assemblies and will demonstrate best in class design and analysis. You will collaborate closely with internal and/or external partners using best practices to prototype, test, and release products to production. You will also ensure product features achieve performance, schedule, and reliability goals. You will be thoughtful mentor to the engineering development of the mechanical team and cross functional teams.


  • Own the architecture, design, and development of new products and subsystems.
  • Subject Matter Expertise in multiple areas of Mechanical Engineering design
  • Perform analysis on designs including hand calculations, CAD, and FEA.
  • Lead by example to rapidly design, prototype, and test to validate the robustness and proper performance of designs.
  • Mentor engineers and instill best practices and procedures
  • Ensure design reviews are conducted with high level of quality and rigor.
  • Lead engineering and pre-production product builds.
  • Lead cross-functional teams to ensure the successful development and launch of new products.
  • Exemplify technical excellence and set the standard for work.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in mechanical or electro-mechanical product development with a Bachelor’s degree; or 9 years and a Master’s degree; or 7 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience.
  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent
  • CAD modeling experience
  • Working knowledge of FEA principles
  • Proficient at tolerance analysis, ANSI drawing standards, and common inspection equipment and methodology
  • Familiarity with common manufacturing processes
  • Brought multiple products from concept to mass production as mechanical lead
  • A demonstrated record of working hard, being a trustworthy teammate, holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others
Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.
If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now!
Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.