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

Hardware Reliability Engineer
Mountain View, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

At Aurora, we’re on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. It all starts with the Aurora Driver, a platform created from industry-leading hardware and software and designed to adapt across a variety of vehicle types and industries.

We’re led by a team of self-driving luminaries, and we’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading transportation companies—including ride-hailing network Uber, truck-manufacturers PACCAR and Volvo Trucks, and the world’s largest automaker Toyota—setting us up to deliver the Aurora Driver in both trucks and passenger vehicles. We are funded by Amazon, Uber, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock, and Index Ventures.

Aurora is in the best position to lead the self-driving space with a team of unparalleled depth and expertise, the technology to deliver, and the partnerships to build a transformative business for the long-term.

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. We’re searching for a Hardware Reliability Engineer to help Aurora define its reliability standards and incorporate reliability-centric product design for all of our autonomy products.

In this role, you will

  • Develop and implement test methodology for verifying hardware product operation for complex autonomy systems.
  • Work directly with Aurora’s design engineering team to create concise and detailed reliability test plans and reports with an emphasis on prioritizing tasks to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Design and fabricate test equipment for mechanical, thermal, and electrical systems.
  • Perform component, system, and vehicle characterization and validation testing under dynamic and environmental conditions.
  • Deploy automated scripts/software to analyze data and create test reports.
  • Investigate failure root case and help drive product improvements.
  • Work with Aurora design engineering team and component suppliers to deep dive failure analysis.
  • Collaborate with hardware platform partners to optimize Aurora design for high-volume production and reliability.


Required Qualifications

  • BS or MS in Mechanical, Aerospace, Mechatronics or equivalent engineering field.
  • Proven reliability program experience taking products through DFMEA, testing, field performance, and scale.
  • Experience defining test conditions, acceleration factors using empirical models, sample size numbers, test durations, pass-fail criteria, setup controls, and data acquisition.
  • Proficiency using Python, Matlab, or other data acquisition and analysis software to create test reports.
  • Knowledge of automotive component and system testing, including certification.
  • Experience designing test setups to evaluate mechanical and thermal performance, such as fixtures for shock and vibe testing.
  • Working knowledge of test equipment including environmental chambers, tensile and compression testers, strain gauges, accelerometers, thermocouples.
  • Knowledge of basic lab and diagnostic tools such as programmable power supplies, scopes, multimeters.
  • Basic knowledge of Electrical Engineering fundamentals and ability to read schematics.



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in Pittsburgh, Mountain View, San Francisco, Bozeman, Dallas and Seattle. We also offer a competitive benefits package that supports the whole you, including:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and RSU package
  • Premium choices for Medical, vision, and dental
  • 401k benefits
  • Life and disability benefits
  • 18 weeks paid leave for new parents and caregivers
  • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
  • Fertility benefits through Carrot
  • Working from home support
  • Professional growth and mentorship opportunities through the Aurora Academy
  • Wellness Platforms (Spring Health, Headspace, Aaptiv, Quit Genius)

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit.

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

About Aurora

Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. 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 Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.