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Mechanical Design Engineer - Motor Design

Odys Aviation

Odys Aviation

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2023
At Odys Aviation, we’re building advanced vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for major airlines. This will cut travel time in half on the world’s busiest routes by using city helipads and local airports. More than 40% of all flights are less than 1,000 miles - let’s skip the airport and make these routes sustainable. Check out our intro video and in Techcrunch.
We’re a team of expert engineers from deep tech and aerospace working to remove the hassles of flying and reduce CO2 emissions for travelers globally. Previously, our team has built and flown custom drones. We’ve brought multiple automotive platforms into production. We’ve electrified transportation vehicles that magnetically levitate, that roll, that fly. Together, we’ve been learning, developing, building, testing, and preparing for this challenge our entire lives.
We are hiring for several positions within the Engineering department and this is an exciting and challenging opportunity to become one of the first members of the team. We are looking for an experienced engineer to join Odys as a mechanical design engineer focusing on powertrain development.
We are seeking a mechanical engineer who has good fundamentals, is self-motivated and is willing to take up the challenging yet exciting task of helping us build the next generation of advanced hybrid propulsion systems for aviation.
The scope of work would include but not be limited to high-speed generator design, propulsion motor design, power inverter packaging, battery enclosure design, propulsion integration test rigs and more. The skills which would set candidates apart would be their ability to adapt with quick paced development cycles and design iterations. Good exposure to powertrain development, mastery over CAD tools, the ability to create innovative solutions and quick turn time on designs would be key to perform well in this role.
The ideal candidate will be based out of /or would be willing to relocate to the Los Angeles/Long Beach area since this will be an onsite position.


  • B.Sc. in aerospace or mechanical engineering with more than 3 years of experience
  • Demonstrated experience in designing a wide range of automotive/aerospace powertrain hardware
  • Experience using CAD and PLM software to manage designs, NX / Teamcenter preferred
  • Experience with integration of complex assemblies with tight tolerances
  • Experience in part drawing creation including knowledge of GD&T and tolerance stack up analysis
  • Solid understanding of manufacturing methods and assembly procedures
  • Experience in one but ideally all three of the following areas -
  • Motor and power electronics packaging and design
  • Design of high speed rotating equipment (shaft, bearing, seals, lubrication)
  • Battery enclosure design is preferred
  • Experience with ANSYS FEA software is a plus


  • Full design cycle ownership of flight powertrain hardware including high-speed generator, propulsion motors, battery systems
  • This includes phased design reviews, prototyping, fixture tooling design, drawing release, coordination of fabrication and assembly, and delivery of flight hardware
  • Creation of 3D models and 2D fabrication drawings in CAD
  • Sizing components using hand calculations and FEA software
  • Working with vendors to source components
  • Performing bench tests of different subsystem components and models
  • Supporting the mechanical design and assembly of test rigs for subsystem and system level testing
  • Hands on assembly and integration of prototype aircraft