Joby Aviation

Senior Actuator Design Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Airframe & Actuators
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


Joby Aviation is seeking a motivated individual to join our airframe and actuators team. This individual will be responsible for the design and certification of flight critical electro-mechanical actuators. This role will involve management of existing requirements and drafting new requirements, conceptual and detailed CAD design, drawing creation, hardware selection and procurement, and drafting of documentation for certification. This role will also require support in the manufacturing of prototype and production flyaway actuators, component and system testing, data analysis, and implementing design changes driven by learnings from test and operation. A strong knowledge of metallics, coatings, bearings, resolvers, encoders, brushless DC motors, seals, mechanical hardware, GD&T, and drafting standards are required. Experience in the certification of aerospace actuators is highly desirable. Hands-on experience and a “get it done" attitude are key for this position. This position is rewarding for engineers that value seeing their ideas rapidly grow from concept to creation due to Joby Aviation’s fast development pace.


  • Ensuring actuators meet all performance and certification requirements
  • Detailed layout of actuator mechanical and electrical design elements
  • Collaboration with engineering and certification teams to incorporate best practices
  • Ability and willingness to ‘get your hands dirty’ in the assembly and testing of actuators
  • Support of technicians and flight test personnel during integration and flight testing
  • Creation and maintenance of technical drawings and bill of materials
  • Support of certification process through documentation and communication


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or another relevant discipline
  • 8+ years of work experience in a relevant industry
  • Ability to visualize complex 3D systems
  • Keen eye for detail and willingness to design to strict aerospace standards
  • Ability to select appropriate materials, coatings, and hardware to support design
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Proficiency with CAD


  • M.S/Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or another relevant discipline
  • 10+ years work experience in relevant industry
  • Certification experience to FAR Part 23/25/27/29
  • Experience designing and certifying precision rotating electromechanical systems
  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CATIA Part Design and Assembly Design
  • Experience working with brushless DC motors

Please include a cover letter with your application.


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $140,500 - $187,400/annually. The compensation package will be determined by job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.


Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


USD $140,500.00/Yr.


USD $187,400.00/Yr.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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