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Lead Mechanical Engineer

Reach Labs

Reach Labs

Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024
At Reach, we are delivering technologies to enable the long-range, wireless transfer of power. We believe wireless energy can be as liberating for power systems as WiFi was for data systems, and are busy creating the energy infrastructure that will one day replace the aging electrical grid. We have raised funding from top tier VC's, have real world customers deploying our technology, and are continuing to build out the exceptional team that is making our vision a reality.
The Position
As Lead Mechanical Engineer at Reach you will develop enclosures, radomes, automotive grade and airborne enclosures of high frequency electronics and provide thermal solutions for Reach's state-of-the-art wireless power delivery system. You will also lead and mentor a small team of mechanical engineers. Your technical know-how and innovation skills are key to designing cutting-edge products in a fast-paced environment. You will work with other engineers to integrate antenna and antenna arrays in our system.
This position requires hands-on experience and strong analytical skills to design, implement, test, and troubleshoot complex use cases of a complex first of its kind system. The position reports to the Director of Hardware development.

Key Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead and mentor a small group of mechanical engineers.
  • Architect, specify, document and design physical solutions to meet outdoor automotive product installations.
  • Create complete 3D models and 2D drawings of parts and assemblies using SolidWorks employing industry best practices and following appropriate GD&T standards.
  • Provide visibility for successful system builds by analysis (FEA, TA, etc.) and prototyping (3D Printing, CNC, sheet metal).
  • Drive first article inspection and production control processes in qualification of component level parts and sub-assemblies.
  • Drive implementation of mechanical fixtures while collaborating with electrical and RF engineers to assist with manufacturing, assembly, and field testing.
  • Develop test methods, protocols, and fixtures to evaluate components and functional sub-systems.
  • Design for manufacturability and design for test.
  • Identify and qualify new fabrication vendors for low-high volume manufacturing, both domestic and international.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BS or higher in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Work experience in specifying, designing, and implementing physical and thermal solutions for phase array microwave products.
  • Proven successful track record of leading a team of mechanical engineers.
  • 10-15 years of hands-on experience in designing physical products using multiple processes and materials.
  • 5+ years of in-depth solid modeling experience, using industry tools to manage complex parts and assemblies.
  • Work experience using rapid prototyping techniques (additive manufacturing, CNC, etc) to validate design decisions.
  • Work experience in performing DOE, statistical analysis, tolerance analysis.
  • Work experience in specifying parts for injection molding.
  • Work expertise in the development and integration of electro-mechanical components, batteries, and antennas.
  • Work experience in packaging RF electronic components and accounting for EMI, shielding and other RF design requirements.
  • Work expertise with at least one FEA software (preferably more) and techniques for engineering analysis.
  • Work experience designing fixtures and assemblies for manufacturing and lab support, assembly, and reliability testing.
  • Work experience with overseas suppliers and ODM/CM/JDM partners, specifically designing, documenting, and ramping high volume parts and assemblies.
  • Familiarity with basic hand tools and fabrication methods such as CNC, sheet metal, and 3D printing.
  • Work experience designing products for outdoor environment.
  • Comfortable with travel domestically and internationally to support manufacturing.
  • Ability to work cross‐functionally.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively complex concepts.
  • Results and deadline driven.
  • Able to work independently with little direction.
  • Takes great pride and ownership in developing products.


  • Flexible working hours
  • Discretionary time off policy
  • High degree of autonomy and work ownership with strong action-to-impact relationship
  • Dental, Vision, and Medical coverage, with HMO, PPO, HDHP options
  • 401k, HSA, FSA offerings
  • Long-term Disability, Short-term Disability and Life insurance offerings
  • Equity as part of a total comp package
PLEASE SEND US: Samples of work. This could be a link to a website, a portfolio in PDF or word, some JPGs or whatever you think can give us a sense for what you have done.
Reach - Who We Are
Reach is a pioneer in a new frontier of technology. Born out of MIT, incubated in YC, and developed in an "office space" that was once the oven of a cookie factory, we are a group of curious, passionate, and creative problem solvers, and we approach our work with vigor and humility.
Much has changed since our cookie factory days, but our core philosophies have remained. Decisions are made quickly, meetings and politics are kept to a minimum, and everyone here does high-visibility work that has considerable influence on our product and company. We have weekly team lunches, quarterly offsite company events, and often spend time together outside of work bicycling, rock climbing, playing music, and hosting happy hours.
We highly value diversity at our company - in not only professional capabilities and experience, but also in personal interests, schools of thought, musical tastes, and walks of life. We prioritize inclusivity, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.