Stout AgTech makes intelligent farm machines that transform long established farming practices. We’re intent on bridging the technological and cultural gaps that exist between Silicon Valley & Industrial Agriculture – a feat that requires a team of hard working, exceptionally talented, and passionate humans that want to leave their mark on the world. This is especially true of the engineering team, which is broadly responsible for both current production engineering demands as well as the design & development of future machinery.
The mechanical design engineer will work closely with the Chief Product Designer and production team to carry out any product design iterations, enhancements, or implementations of new features that are required to achieve Stout’s ambitious production plans. Unlike a traditional focused engineering role, a mechanical design engineer at Stout must possess an understanding of complex systems engineering, machine control, and sensors. This person must possess a depth & breadth of engineering expertise that spans from current product (iterative) engineering/DFM to entirely new architecture design. This candidate, therefore, must be capable (and comfortable) executing a broad spectrum of engineering tasks, from conceptual bench testing through to preliminary design, final critical design/GD&T, and ultimately interfacing with vendors and contract manufacturers.
The ideal candidate is an intellectually curious, ambitious, highly organized self-starter that considers their work a reflection of themselves. This individual must possess a depth and breadth of manufacturing technical skills, including an understanding of DFM best practices, as well as direct inventory & quality control experience. We’re eager to find the needle in the haystack…is it you?
Design & develop mechanisms, linkages, and actuators suitable for robust agricultural use independently, in collaboration with, and at the direction of the Chief Product Designer
Conduct trade studies & bench tests to create clever, non-obvious system architectures for new mechanical systems, and, drive these architectures through to preliminary designs in SolidWorks
Perform mathematical calculations to resolve forces and properly size & select motors, gears, and linkages
Develop mathematical models to characterize power & material requirements for new mechanical systems
Maintain vendor application engineering relationships & leverage their resources to accelerate product developments
Communicate with manufacturing technicians & develop detailed instruction writing for assembly processes
Drive critical design efforts for successful preliminary designs, including DFM, GD&T, and creating complete vendor-ready drawing packages
B.S. in mechanical engineering OR another relevant industrial, agricultural, or manufacturing discipline
6+ years of relevant work experience (10+ without B.S.M.E. degree)
Highly proficient with SolidWorks, including final critical design drawing packages and GD&T
Highly proficient at mechanical & machine design, materials selection, second order effects, and complex kinematics
Direct hands-on experience testing & fabricating new systems in a prototype-to-series production "big" manufacturing industry
Must possess strong active-listening and verbal communication skills as well as problem solving & troubleshooting skills
High integrity; honest & transparent
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Visio, PLM/Inventory Control Software
Multi-disciplinary (e.g. BSME & BSEE or Robotics/Mechatronics)
Working knowledge in controls engineering (i.e. motion control & motors, PLCs, machine vision, machine sensors, etc.)
Experience designing fluid power systems, specifically hydraulic systems
Working knowledge of wire harnessing design & assembly
Awareness of machine learning/deep learning software tools and machine perception
Direct experience in agriculture or mobile industrial equipment industry (construction, mining, heavy automotive industry)