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Manufacturing Engineer, Pilot Manufacturing



Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024
Manufacturing Engineer, Pilot Manufacturing
Location: Redwood City, California
Job Classification: Full Time
About Dexterity
At Dexterity, we believe robots can positively transform the world. Our breakthrough technology frees people to do the creative, inspiring, problem-solving jobs that humans do best by enabling robots to handle repetitive and physically difficult work.
We’re starting with warehouse automation, where the need for smarter, more resilient supply chains impacts millions of lives and businesses around the world. Dexterity's full-stack robotics systems pick, move, pack, and collaborate with human-like skill, awareness, and learning capabilities. Our systems are software-driven and hardware-agnostic and have already picked over 15 million goods in production. And did we mention we’re customer-obsessed? Every decision, large and small, is driven by one question – how can we empower our customers with robots to do more than they thought was possible?
Dexterity is one of the fastest-growing companies in robotics, backed by world-class investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Obvious Ventures. We’re a diverse and multidisciplinary team with a culture built on passion, trust, and dedication. Come join Dexterity and help make intelligent robots a reality! At Dexterity, we believe robots can positively transform the world. Our breakthrough technology frees people to do the creative, inspiring, problem-solving jobs that humans do best by enabling robots to handle repetitive and physically difficult work.
About the Role
We are looking for a highly organized and detail-oriented candidate to fill the role of Manufacturing Engineer. As a Manufacturing Engineer, you'll play a crucial role in connecting design and manufacturing processes, ensuring a seamless transition for our products to production. Your responsibilities will include collaborating with Contract Manufacturers and design engineers on successful pilot manufacturing and leading the transition to volume production. This position requires strong technical expertise, effective project management skills, and the ability to collaborate across functions to successfully bring products to volume manufacturing and meet market demands.
Engage with the Design Engineers and Product Management early in the development of a new product to continuous improvements to prepare for manufacturing.
Evaluate new designs to infuse DfX opportunities and find potential fit/alignment or other issues.
Ensure the mechanical and electrical designs are complete and meet standards.
Transform new designs (EBOM) into an MBOM (kits/assemblies) for volume manufacturing that supports how it will be marketed, manufactured, and shipped.
Coordinate and lead Pilot Manufacturing (1st build) with Contract Manufacturers (CMs).
Orchestrate Managed Build capturing misses and oversights from virtual manufacturing of the product.
Collect and manage issues and opportunities to improve the design during and after Pilot Manufacturing.
Collaborate with Contract manufacturers on the transition from Pilot to Volume manufacturing, including test fixture validation and training.
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field.
10+ years of hands-on experience as a Manufacturing/NPI Engineer leading complex products from engineering design to volume production while closely collaborating with CMs.
Proficiency in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks) for design analysis and modification.
Strong understanding of manufacturing processes, including machining, casting, and assembly methods.
Experience with New Product Introduction (NPI) processes, including design for manufacturability (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) principles.
Ability to interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and technical documents.
Experience with PDM & PLM software platforms (e.g., Siemens Teamcenter, PTC Windchill, Autodesk Vault, Oracle Agile, Arena) and familiarity with CAD software.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and technical documents.
Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage timelines, and drive initiatives to completion.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage effectively with cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
Strong ability to multi-task and switch contexts while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Detail-oriented mindset with a focus on accuracy, data integrity, and continuous improvement.
Base pay is one element of our Total Rewards package which may also include comprehensive benefits and equity etc., depending on eligibility. The annual base salary range for this position is from $130,000 to $175,000. The actual base pay offered will be determined on factors such as years of relevant experience, skills, education etc. Decisions will be determined on a case-by-case basis
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.