Principal Engineer, Electric Engine

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Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 100 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise.

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

As a principal engineer on the electric engine design team you will be a senior member of the team responsible for the design of our electric engine.

In this role you will:

  • Be proficient in powertrain design, including gears, bearings, structures, and lubrication systems
  • Operate as a technical team leader, providing design mentorship as well as individual contributor input
  • Perform motor and gearbox architectural design trades
  • Identify and drive to completion new areas for improvement across current and future systems
  • Identity, own, and manage design risks to solution
  • Develop detailed CAD design and 2D drawings for electric engine components, including proficient use of GD&T
  • Be familiar with engine the lubrication system including pumps and filter components
  • Participate in design reviews and be able to clearly communicate design concepts
  • Perform FEA on components and subassemblies
  • Help develop test plans for subsystems and full assemblies
  • Work cross functionally with supplier and manufacturing teams to incorporate DFM feedback into design
  • Be hands on in the lab for trial builds and testing

What you'll need:

  • Master's Degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in electric motor propulsion design
  • Strong proficiency in CAD (NX preferred)
  • Experience using FEA (ANSYS, or FEMAP preferred)
  • Hands on experience in assembling motor and geartrain components
  • Ability to travel domestically
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company's business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $238,080.00- $297,600.00. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer's People Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Archer is unable to provide work visa sponsorship for this position at the present time.
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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