Mechanical Engineer (Defense Systems)


In this position, you will work closely with a small interdisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to complete subsystem level design for underwater robotic vehicles.


  • Ability to complete all phases of the engineering design process including brainstorming, concepting, rapid prototyping, design, analysis, drawings, manufacturing, assembly, and validation 
  • Support testing across a variety of robotic platforms
  • Troubleshoot issues, determine root causes, quickly design and implement corrective solutions
  • Gather inputs and collaborate with team members to generate optimal design specifications utilizing a system engineering mindset


  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering and 5 to7 years of full-time design experience
  • Advanced CAD user, preferably Solidworks
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance 
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to take on complex, open-ended assignments with little oversight
  • Knowledge of design for manufacturing principles with a preference towards milling, turning, welding, and sheet metal
  • Tenacious attention to detail
  • Strong presentation and communication skills for driving forward critical design decisions
  • Be a strong team player


  • Able to demonstrate broad experience across vehicular and robotic domains
  • Experience designing electromechanical actuators and mechanisms
  • Knowledge of composite structures
  • Knowledge of subsea hardware (corrosion, pressure tolerance, etc) 
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and hands-on ability for assembling and troubleshooting mechanical hardware with competency in performing tasks using basic hand and power tools 
  • Previous experience at a startup company or competitive engineering design team 
  • Familiarity with the design challenges of a marine environment


While performing some duties of this job, the employee may be required to travel domestically and internationally. This role may also require exposure to a variety of construction and/or offshore platform, various bodies of water job sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. 

The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to the manufacturing areas, which may require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields and mandatory hearing protection.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Houston Mechatronics, Inc (HMI) is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, immigration status, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


In addition, HMI is a federal contractor required to adhere to the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 which governs the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  As a result, this position may include access to export-controlled information that is subject to US export control laws. Export control laws require employers to restrict access to export-controlled information or to obtain export licenses for non-U.S. person employees if their positions require access to information governed by ITAR. The ITAR defines a U.S. person means a person (as defined in §120.14 of this part) who is a lawful permanent resident as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or who is a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) which includes certain temporary residents and refugees and asylees. HMI does not obtain export licenses for these positions.


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