• Location
    • Europe
  • Date Posted
  • Jan. 12, 2022
  • Function
  • Engineering Hardware

Our mission is to build the Covariant Brain, a universal AI to give robots the ability to see, reason and act on the world around them. Bringing AI from research in the lab to the infinite variability and constant change of our customer’s real-world operations requires new ideas, approaches and techniques.

Success in the real world requires a team that represents that world: diversity of backgrounds, points of view, and experiences. Our common denominator: ambitious expectations, love of learning, empathy for those around us, and a team-first mindset. Read more about our culture at https://www.keyvalues.com/covariant .

The role

We are looking for an experienced mechanical engineer to design, build and scale reliable, innovative new hardware components to meet the needs of our cutting edge AI applications. You’ll work alongside solutions engineers, deployment engineers, software developers, implementation partners, business executives, and warehouse technicians to make our robots, and our customers, succeed!

Areas of focus

  • Deployment: Help set up new robots in the field and make sure they’re working as intended
  • Using CAD to design, prototype and release components to manufacture
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to communicate requirements, design intents and test procedures for these components

You will

  • Design actuated mechanisms and pneumatics for robotic gripping
  • Integrate custom sensors and electronics assemblies into industrial-hardened components
  • Design precision mechanical frames and enclosures for advanced perception systems
  • Consolidate and parameterize component designs for both ease of configurability and scalability in the field
  • Be comfortable both working with vendors and working in a shop environment for prototyping and modifying designs
  • Coordinate with project management to understand and track orders
  • Evangelize best practices for CAD, data management, documentation and cross-company communication
  • Help install, deploy and commission robotics cells

You have

  • At least 2-4 years experience designing mechanical industrial components
  • A Bachelor’s level degree or higher in Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering or equivalent
  • Desire to be hands-on with our robots in various locations (travel 50%-75%)
  • Proficiency with CAD and hardware set up
  • Strong grasp of analytical methods (FEA) and experience-backed theoretical reasoning
  • Strong communication, documentation and presentation skills

Sample week in the life

  • Monday: Call with a prospect about an upcoming project, ask relevant questions and scope the robotic needs. Spend the rest of day putting together a first draft CAD of the cell.
  • Tuesday: Travel onsite to a customer location which is being commissioned, start diagnosing performance bottlenecks.
  • Wednesday: Spend the day improving performance, and making notes on potential improvements for future designs. Order some replacement parts as needed.
  • Thursday: Lead the technical team on the ground to install the new replacement gripper that was received.
  • Friday: Head back, iterate on the draft made on Monday after a first round of feedback, ensure all the data generated by the site visit has made it to the right people/process and that the projects overseen are on track.

Company core values

Learning constantly

Striving for empathy

Taking on the impossible, together


Health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family

Unlimited time off Flexible work hours

Lunch and dinner each day

401(k) plan and match

At covariant.ai we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Covariant.ai is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.