Specialist Mechanical Engineer - Vehicle at Virgin Hyperloop

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  • The Virgin Hyperloop One Pod team is responsible for designing and delivering the hyperloop passenger vehicle. The Pod team has primary ownership of the vehicle’s structures, thermal management systems, interiors, and environmental control and life support systems. We’re a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team that designs and integrates numerous systems across the pod 
  • Lead the mechanical design, testing, and procurement of subsystems within the vehicle, including the chassis, structure, mechanisms, or suspension
  • Leverage design experience to create and approve solutions to meet challenging requirements
  • Prioritize, coordinate, and schedule work with those involved to deliver on time
  • Review analysis of the design, including FEA results, and approve design releases
  • Oversee CAD modeling and integration efforts
  • Own the definition, scoping, execution, and delivery of technology development tests and initial prototypes
  • Work with internal teams and external vendors to ensure timely build and delivery of functional hardware, report on status to leadership
  • Design structural components to meet targets for mass, stiffness, fatigue life, corrosion, manufacturing, maintenance, inspection, and certification
  • Develop team guidelines, processes and best practices to ensure consistent, high-quality engineering design in all products; leverage industry best practices
  • Provide technical mentoring and guidance for junior engineers
  • Direct and review work of external vendors and engineers
  • Strong intuition and knowledge within mechanical system designs, from first principles concepts through design of production hardware
  • Ability to lead in a technically-uncertain environment
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced engineering environment, make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines
  • Must be a good communicator, both spoken and written, as they will interface with many parties both inside and outside the company 
  • B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical, Aerospace, or related engineering field
  • 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
  • Knowledge of attachments and joints (bolts and screws, pins, welding, joint stiffness)
  • Deep knowledge of mechanics of materials (stress, strain, stiffness, torsion, bending, buckling, structural shapes)
  • Knowledge of general structural materials (carbon and alloy steels, aluminum)
  • Proficient level skill in at least one CAD package, strong working knowledge of GD&T
  • Working familiarity with Finite Element Analysis (common constraints and load types and their behavior, a strong sense for good approximations of physical situations, basic meshing)
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication methods
  • Knowledge of dynamic mechanical systems and basic structural dynamics (damping, stiffness, resonance, modes and mode shapes, transient response) 
  • Experience taking a mechanical design from concept through release, build, test and to production on one or more occasions
  • Experience leading a small team of mechanical designers
  • Experience with a completed lifecycle of design, fabrication, testing, and certification of a human rated aerospace structure
  • Hands on experience validating and verifying mechanical systems using laboratory and in-field testing
  • Certification testing for passenger rated air transportation (FAA Part 23, Part 25, etc.) 
Hyperloop One is an Equal Employment Employer; employment is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other protected status. Hyperloop One will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the “Ban the Box” legislation. We may access publicly available information as part of your application. For full information on how your personal information will be stored and processed, please click here.
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What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office gives the feeling of excitement and energy every day. You can see it through the passionate discussions about engineering, marketing or any field. The people really bring a level of passion and energy that makes it one of the best places to work. The dog-friendly culture also helps soothe our nerves after any intense discussions!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

My job is based around collaboration with other teams. When a team needs to optimize their workflow or day-to-day operations, I gather requirements from them to find solutions to best suit their needs. I love being able to make this easier and simpler for other teams.


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I am probably a unique example having only worked for the company for six months and already having the opportunity to start in the Dubai office and then be seconded to the Los Angeles Headquarters. Relentless focus on making a difference, impacting positive change, and putting safety first have already given me great opportunities with VHO.


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What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to model the dynamics of our pod and how the different EM systems generate forces that control its motion. I extended my knowledge into multi-body dynamics which is needed to simulate the motion of the vehicle through curvilinear trajectories. I have learned how to develop my own in-house simulation tools and use CAE tools.


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What are Virgin Hyperloop Perks + Benefits

Virgin Hyperloop Benefits Overview

We place great value in our employees' work-life balance, so our office is full of great perks to make you feel right at home. We've got catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day so employees can enjoy all three meals at work. Our office also has full showers, towels and lockers along with on-site barber visits, dry cleaning service, and mobile car wash services. Our employees enjoy premium quality medical insurance, as well as stock options with early exercise option. Also, we're dog-friendly!

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary with no maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 3x an employee's annual salary. Additionally, we offer the ability to purchase additional Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance to protect yourself, your spouse & children.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We have employee-lead group workout sessions after work!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
VHO offers up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave to eligible employees who become parents through birth, surrogacy, adoption, or foster care
Flexible Work Schedule
VHO provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Hourly employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 48 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Virgin Hyperloop One hosts company outings semi-annually. Our most recent team-building was at a Dodgers game!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Eligible company positions are offered relocation assistance.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Our lunch and learns focus on our recent technology, business opportunities, and potential partnerships.
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