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Aurora delivers the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.

Thermal/Mechanical Engineering Technician
Mountain View, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Bringing self-driving vehicles to our roads is the most transformative opportunity of our generation. Aurora is taking a fresh start with the development of self-driving technology, combining excellence in AI, rigorous engineering, and a team with decades of experience building robots that work.

Led by a team of seasoned experts, including three of the world’s leaders of self-driving technology, our mission is to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. We are designing the software and hardware to power the transportation of our future that will make our roads safer, give more people access to mobility, and reduce congestion and pollution in cities - improving the quality of life for all. The challenge in what we are endeavoring to achieve is transcendent; we are developing perhaps the world’s most complex computing system and asking it to perform the task of transporting and keeping safe our most precious asset: human life.

We’re looking for people who are as excited as we are to solve these complex problems and make this tremendous impact on our future, and who want to be surrounded by great people while we do it. We’re searching for Mechanical Engineering Technicians to work closely with a multidisciplinary team spanning both mechanical and electrical to define, design, integrate, and test self-driving vehicle systems.


  • Set up and execute thermal tests in environmental chambers, on vibration tables in house, and at external labs 
  • Set up structural characterization tests with strain gauges, accelerometers 
  • Prepare block diagrams of test setups, wire up test setup, training documentation for test setups
  • Work with the engineering team to debug test setup-related issues by communicating relevant information. 
  • Write fully descriptive test reports that include detailed test execution logs, test setup related issues and test results
  • Design and fabricate test fixtures
  • Experience working with mechanical fixtures using 80/20, 3D printing
  • Operate simple lab EE equipment like the oscilloscope, DMM
  • Ability to take hardware to external labs, setup, debug and monitor tests 
  • Do first pass analysis of data logs to look for errors. 
  • Run functional test scripts to analyze with documentation assess functionality and performance of HW, with documentation, via test scripts executed in python
  • Work with Aurora engineering for troubleshooting, failure root cause, design modification, and validation
  • Maintain, stock, and organize the hardware lab
  • Ability to work with vendors for lab instrument calibration 


  • 4+ years of electro-mechanical technician experience in consumer or enterprise electronics, automotive, marine, or aerospace industries
  • Working experience fabricating first article hardware to advance product development
  • Familiarity with lab, rapid prototyping, and mechanical-thermal testing tools (including hand tools, basic machine shop, soldering iron, thermocouples, strain-gauges)
  • Experience with basic diagnostic tools such as programmable power supplies, scopes, multimeters
  • Mechanical and thermal engineering fundamentals, with basic knowledge of electrical engineering and ability to read schematics
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details and quality workmanship
  • Familiarity with CAD including solid modeling and drawings (CATIA preferred)


  • Knowledge and experience with AV or ADAS systems, sensor suites, and computer hardware
  • Basic programming experience in Python or C++
  • Strong technical writer

Working at Aurora

Our work has real purpose. Delivering self-driving will improve lives around the world, expanding access to transportation, revitalizing cities, giving people more time back every day.

We’re one team. We’re inspired by the challenge of what we’re solving and the impact our work will have on society. Our camaraderie is built on respect for our work and the fundamental belief our success will be a result of working together.

The Founding Team

Aurora has assembled the most experienced leadership team in the space. Chris Urmson helped lead Carnegie Mellon’s efforts in Darpa’s Grand Challenges, then was a founding member of Google’s self-driving team. Sterling Anderson worked on the tech at MIT before leading Tesla’s Autopilot system. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. At Aurora, these three continue to bring experts from all areas of the industry to the team. We are funded by some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Greylock and Index Ventures.