Senior Mechanical Engineer
Speck Design, Inc. - Palo Alto, CA

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The position offered is that of Senior Mechanical Engineer working in a product design consultancy. You will have a unique opportunity to participate as a technology leader in decisions affecting product design from concept through production. You must be a top-notch mechanical engineer who will provide product design insight independently to design products for a variety of clients. You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, superior creative and innovative ability supported by a broad knowledge and skill base, and a proven track record of successful design execution, both as an individual contributor and as project lead. Practical engineering experience is required in one or more of the following areas:

  • Medical device development
  • Electro-mechanical packaging
  • High-volume consumer product development
  • Mechatronics and Robotics

This position requires the ability to work proactively and independently while interacting with the client, vendors, management, and other employees. Self-starting and self-management abilities are critical, as is the ability to understand the full picture of product development. Efficient use of time is critical to maintaining our clients’ aggressive schedules.

For 17 years, Silicon Valley’s most pioneering companies, from startups to Fortune 500s, have turned to Speck Design to develop breakthrough products in a variety of industries including medical, industrial, consumer, cleantech, and data communications. Our growth comes from repeat business and referrals, and our clients come to us because of our quirky personalities and broad expertise, project after project, year after year. From ethnographers to engineers, car fanatics to cyclists, dog-lovers to designers, the Speck team is fueled by a variety of perspectives. Our passions, our curiosity, and our talents are what make us unique, keep us striving for excellence, and motivate us to surpass expectations. The ability to work collaboratively, flexibly, and intuitively within all departments is integral to who we are and how we work, as we relentlessly challenge design assumptions through exploration and observation. We are looking for someone who can fuse our rigorous and interdisciplinary process with creative insights to achieve success for our clients, (and even teach us a thing or two!).


  • Engineering development of a variety of products - including requirements gathering, concept generation, detailed design, analysis & verification testing, cross-functional reviews and manufacturing release.
  • Provide project leadership for technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance to junior staff.
  • Develop and execute designs for complex products backed by thorough engineering analysis.
  • Identify and scope projects around innovation opportunities as well as technology risks.
  • Be a technical resource in multiple areas of product design.
  • Understand, dissect, and solve complex design challenges, both independently and as a senior member of a design team.
  • Organize time, work efficiently, and meet aggressive project development schedules.
  • Creative design of parts and assemblies, supported by knowledge of materials and processes, to meet challenging technical requirements.
  • Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management.
  • Promote a culture of excellence by delivering a high quality client experience.


  • Must be curious and passionate – sense of humor is also a must!
  • A BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 8 years’ experience, with depth in one or more of the following areas:
  • Design Consultancy experience
  • Medical device development
  • Electro-mechanical packaging
  • High-volume consumer product development
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Extensive experience in designing complex mechanical systems and assemblies.
  • Excellent CAD skills in Solidworks. Surfacing skills a strong plus. ProE experience a plus.
  • Superior communication skills including written, oral, and graphic presentation.
  • Knowledge of design requirements and practices for a variety of manufacturing processes including injection-molded plastics, formed and stamped sheet metal, elastomers, castings, extrusions, controls, welding, adhesives, finishes, etc.
  • Efficient and appropriate use of design tools including hand sketches, spreadsheets, solid modeling software, workshop tools, catalog suppliers, rapid prototype technologies, and testing methodologies to conceptualize, design, prototype, and document the mechanical designs of parts and assemblies
  • Awesome analytical and organizational skills; ability and commitment to produce timely and highly accurate work.
  • Fluency with Outlook, Excel, Word, MS Project and PowerPoint is required.
  • Experience with and knowledge of manufacturing processes and design considerations for molded part, sheet metal, and castings is required.
  • Experience coordinating project activities, client interface, project budget, and schedule.

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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