Mechanical Engineer

Vector Atomic Pleasanton , CA 94588

Posted 3 weeks ago

About Vector Atomic

Vector Atomic is building quantum devices for applications including GPS-free navigation and timing, geophysical exploration, and telecommunications. We are focused on delivering near-term products that take advantage of the exquisite properties of quantum systems. Our devices are designed with the form, fit, function, and cost for the real world.

Position Summary

We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer interested in developing the next generation of quantum technology. In this hands-on role, you will design opto-mechanical and vacuum systems central to fielding quantum sensors. Ideal candidates are strong individual contributors that take ownership of their tasks while supporting overall team goals. If you have a passion for cutting-edge technology and thrive in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, Vector Atomic is a perfect fit.


What You'll Do

  • Work with a cross-functional team of physicists and engineers on mechanical designs from concept to implementation
  • Plan, design, and develop hardware components and assemblies for existing and new products
  • Design and integrate compact optical mounts, laser packaging, electromechanical assemblies, bonded optical assemblies, and fiber optics mounts
  • Design and assemble UHV components, welded assemblies, and window flanges
  • Design optomechanical fixturing for component testing and manufacturing
  • Generate drawings; quotation and procurement of components
  • Build, test, report, and document custom parts

What We're Looking For

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field plus 5 years of relevant experience
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card) required by US export control laws
  • Must be comfortable working in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and collaborators, both written and verbal

Required expertise:

  • End-to-end hardware development (concept to deployment)
  • Transitioning prototype instruments to small-scale production
  • 2+ years of CAD design (post graduate), specifically SolidWorks; understanding of PDM
  • Modern manufacturing and design methods
  • Understanding of material properties (e.g. thermal, mechanical, magnetic, etc.)
  • Mechanical drawings with SolidWorks; Basic understanding of Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Familiarity with basic mechanical and machine tools

Nice-to-have knowledge:

  • Design of commercial optomechanical products
  • Laser and photonic packaging and assembly
  • Design of optomechanics, vacuum systems, lasers, or related areas
  • System integration
  • Simulations for thermal, tolerances, electromagnetic fields

Vector Atomic is adhering to state and local ordinances regarding COVID-19, including teleworking options for our staff when possible. Currently, this position requires more than 50% onsite work to support minimum business operations at our Pleasanton, CA facility.


At Vector Atomic we value teamwork, open and honest discourse, and work-life balance. We are an employee-owned company with competitive compensation and benefits including:

  • Medical coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off and 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Stock ownership plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen

Vector Atomic is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

Vector Atomic does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers or HR team.

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Mechanical Engineer

Vector Atomic