Mechanical Design Engineer, Landing Gear Systems

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 05/24/2021
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  • Company Address: , Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

About Joby Aviation

Founded in 2009 to revolutionize how we commute, Joby Aviation is a venture-backed startup with offices in Santa Cruz and San Carlos, California. Joby Aviation's strengths in composite airframe design and fabrication, aerodynamic analysis, high-performance electric motor development, and cutting-edge battery pack design have placed it in a unique position to create a paradigm shift in transportation with safe, quiet, fast, and affordable electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Job Description

Located in the redwoods near Santa Cruz, California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, short-hop, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented engineers to see it through FAA certification and production.


We are seeking a motivated individual to join our mechanical engineering team. This individual will be responsible for the design and integration of flight critical mechanical components, oil pneumatic shock struts, shimmy dampers, brakes systems, sensors, and kinematic mechanisms specific to landing gear. A core competency in this role is expertise in air spring dampers including such aspects as compression ratios, compression and rebound damper porting and valving, and seals. This role will involve design work starting at the conceptual level, maturing into full 3D modeling, FEA analysis and hand calculations, and continuing into manufacturing, testing, integration, and in service support. A strong knowledge of material selection, tolerances, coatings, bearings, input devices, seals, mechanical hardware, GD&T, and drafting standards are required. Hands-on experience, a ‘get it done’ attitude, and the ability to work well with a cross-functional team towards the development of these new systems is very important. This position is rewarding, as the engineer will promptly see their ideas grow from concept to creation due to the fast pace of Joby Aviation.


  • Development of complex, flight critical, landing gear suspension and damper systems. 
  • Detailed design of shock struts and dampers.
  • Creation and maintenance of technical drawings and bill of materials. 
  • Work with technicians to support manufacturing, integration, and test. 


  • B.S. in relevant discipline
  • 1+ year of working experience in relevant industry
  • Strong volumetric awareness and attention to detail
  • Mastery of stay out zones, managing clashing interferences, and tolerancing
  • Ability to design complex systems to strict aerospace standards
  • Proficiency in mechanical design, materials selection, troubleshooting, and analysis
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Proficiency with CAD


  • M.S. in relevant discipline
  • Experience testing, tuning, and servicing shock struts and dampers
  • 5+ years of working experience in relevant industry
  • Certification experience to FAR Part 23/25/27/29
  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CATIA Part Design and Assembly Design
  • Proficiency with FEM

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