Terraform is automating on-site construction with robotics and software. Our mission is to make construction primarily software-defined and work towards a future where beautiful, bespoke buildings are built within a single day with minimal labor.
We're in the first days of building the company and we are recruiting for the early engineering team. This is a unique opportunity to be one of the first ten employees at a startup be immersed in a high-growth, high ambition startup environment, and to work with an experienced founding team surrounded by top-tier investors from day 1.
About this role
You’ll help us bring the physical side of our robotics to life by designing, simulating, and building our robotic arms, platforms, and grippers. For example, you’ll likely be working on:
Designing variations of robotics arms and cranes, calculating their mechanical loads and stresses.
Designing locomotion mechanisms, e.g. something on wheels that can move around on a construction site.
Designing simple but effective end-effectors & actuators, e.g. to hold a brick.
Figuring out the impact of outdoor weather on our designs and the effects of fatigue due to usage over time.
Retrofitting existing equipment to update for automated computer control.
What you'll be responsible for
Fully own the mechanical design of complex subsystems like arms, joints, connections, grippers, and actuators.
Derive, analyze and decide through trade studies on material choices per subsystem, including impact on manufacturing and unit cost.
Understanding mechanical design sizing and modeling at various levels of fidelity from roughly-sized concepts to fully-detailed models analyzed against a suite of load cases
Simulate loads, stresses, vibrations, and thermal cycles using hand & static calculations via Matlab/Python and for 3D structures with Ansys or Comsol.
Source relevant materials and components effectively (fast and cheap) from shops to build and test prototypes.
What we’re looking for
Deep knowledge of mechanical systems and structural dynamics: e.g. statics, mechanics of materials, dynamics, vibrations, material science, and controls.
Experience in rapid prototyping, machining, and milling to make product designs a reality. Providing hands-on support applied to virtual builds, physical prototype builds, and pre-series production.
Experience in designing and delivering products from concept up to low series (~10) volume
Expertise with 3D CAD modeling with complex parts and assemblies, e.g. Solidworks, Fusion 360, or Siemens NX.
Expertise in multi-physics simulations (FEA) applied to structural designing problems, e.g. Comsol and Ansys, but also being able to do hand calculations when that makes the most sense.
Preferred experience building prototypes in early-stage startups or top student team competitions.
B.Sc. in mechanical engineering or similar experience.