Joby Aviation

Staff Design Engineer (Mechanical/Electro-mechanical)

Job Locations US-CA-San Carlos
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 highly organized, passionate individual to join our Testing Team. As part of this team you will design hardware to assemble, install, and perform validation and verification testing of flight critical components and systems for VTOL electric aircraft. Work may include detailed CAD design of parts and subassemblies, hands-on prototyping and integration of components into designs, on the fly modifications of systems to match modifications on the flight hardware, etc.


  • Create, and mentor others in the design of hardware to assemble, install, and perform validation and verification testing of flight critical components and systems.  This will require working closely with the Airframe and Actuators, Propulsion and Avionics, and Software teams, to capture the nuances of the components, system architectures, and operating conditions, that define the design requirements for these projects.

  • Develop full designs, drawing packages, BOMs, and assembly instructions for the above projects.  Additionally procure hardware from suppliers, and coordinate manufacturing with internal shops.

  • Lead integration of designs and ensure that the systems meet the design requirements set out from the beginning.  This may involve on-the-fly modifications of designs to keep up with modifications to the hardware to be assembled, installed, or tested.

  • Manage the project status and timelines for the Integration and Testing Design Team and collaborate with Team Lead to ensure proper resource allocation to de-risk the critical paths.

  • Create and implement tools to maximize Design Team productivity.

  • Manage the hardware needs of the Design Team and provide recommendations for investment.


  • B.S & 10+ years experience or M.S & 8+ years experience or equivalent relevant experience
  • Strong engineering knowledge and instincts

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Strong communication and social skills. The ability to work with many different people and manage working relationships

  • Hands-on attitude

  • Proficiency in Computer Aided Design, and engineering drawing creation

  • Experience in mechanical design and fabrication of heavily loaded components and structures, as well as high-precision components.  

  • Experience with design and fabrication of weldments, hydraulic systems, and pneumatic systems.

  • Hands on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment.

  • Experience with project execution from initial concept development through to final commissioning of system.


  • Ph.D in relevant discipline 

  • 10+ years of work experience in relevant industry 

  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CAD, specifically using Generative Shape Design, Part Design and Assembly Design 

  • Project management experience

  • Experience designing aerospace test equipment

  • Experience with design of automated hardware, including sensor selection and implementation

  • Experience with PLC programming and controller development for industrial equipment

  • Experience with hardware in the loop testing

  • Experience designing aircraft flight hardware and/or ground support equipment

  • Experience with High Voltage systems

  • Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus

  • Experience with aircraft FAA certification processes 

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $132,700 - $216,700/yr. 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.



Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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