You've seen the headlines, you've watched the videos. Now, join the groundbreaking MegaBots team that's making science fiction into a sport.

We're the most badass robotics and entertainment mash-up around, full stop. The company car is a two-seater, 15-foot tall, 12,000 lb mech outfitted with giant pneumatic cannons. We’ve been featured on the Discovery Channel, VICE, CNN, BBC, Business Insider, Rolling Stone, you name it. We've built America's first full-scale mech, we threw down an international giant robot duel challenge, and on top of kicking ass and taking names, we're focusing on developing the strategic partnerships and robotic technology that will turn this insanity into a world-wide sports franchise.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to bring the giant combat robots and mechs from science fiction to life in the most epic way imaginable, in order to kick off the world's next (and greatest) sports league. You will be responsible for making the fantasies of millions of kids (both young and old!) a reality.

If you're up to the challenge, read on for our required and desired skills, and submit an application!


Contract Web Developer

Hayward, CA Corporate Contractor

As a Contract Web Developer with MegaBots, you will be developing and maintaining the public face of the company that brings the multi-ton behemoth robots of science fiction to life. The MegaBots website represents the core brand of the company, and should be a content hub for all things MegaBots. MegaBots is looking for a front-end web developer with an eye for design. The Ideal candidate will have a diverse supporting skill set that includes UI/UX design, social media management, online marketing, and basic image editing skills. The ideal candidate will know when and how to create extremely effective call-to-actions that drive measurable results.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain MegaBots' web presence at megabots.com
  • Analyze user behavior flow, track conversions, and make informed changes to optimize the website
  • Integrate various web service APIs including Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, AdRoll, Shopify, Lever.co, and more.
  • A/B testing website content and copy
  • Create, manage, and track online marketing campaigns. This includes advertising through email, social, and display networks.
  • Track and make progress towards high level goals like improved user engagement, store revenue, and email sign-ups.

Required Experience

  • Ruby on Rails web-app framework
  • Responsive design using front-end web technologies like CSS3, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap
  • Adobe Photoshop for web design mockups
  • Experience integrating various web service APIs

Desired Experience

  • Social media marketing
  • Deep UI/UX design experience
  • Deep knowledge of color theory, typesetting, and branding

This is a part-time contract position and is expected to start off at 10-hours a week. This position reports directly to the COO and has the potential to become a full-time position in January 2017.


Fabricator - Welder

Hayward, CA Fabrication Full-time

MegaBots, Inc. is looking for a full-time (permanent or contract) master or mistress of sparks and fire to bring the dream of giant fighting mechs to life in our super-secret fortress in the Bay Area. Your job will include all areas of fabrication typical to an industrial welder's position, but will also include collaborating closely with the engineering team to optimize design for manufacture and assembly, working on fun and exciting destructive testing methods that may or may not involve heavy machinery and explosions, doing lots of hands-on learning about how to build things that nobody has ever built before, and looking really cool climbing around on actual combat mechs with oversized wrenches. Only team players and problem solvers need apply. Major bonus points for machining, rigging, electronics technician, hydraulics technician, and heavy equipment operator experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work cooperatively with a small fabrication team to optimize workflow in a fast-paced, agile manufacturing environment.
  • Work from design drawings with minimal oversight, know when to seek clarification on design or process.
  • Explain your work and process on-camera during a fast-paced design and build. Try not to cuss too much.
  • Generate materials orders from drawings and help manage inventory.
  • Assist facilities management in maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly shop.
  • Provide feedback to engineers to ensure reasonable manufacturability of designs.
  • Learn new skills as appropriate to assist other technicians.
  • Work with design/build team on testing scenarios.
  • Test things until they break into small pieces, then put them back together again.

Required Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of technical steel fabrication/welding experience.
  • Proficiency with short arc and spray MIG required on plate weldments in excess of .5" thickness, pulsed MIG experience highly desirable.
  • Proficiency with steel TIG required, titanium and aluminum desirable.
  • Proficiency with all relevant steel fabrication support tools and techniques.

Bonus Experience

  • Previous experience with roll cages and tube weldments
  • Technical vocational education
  • Certification in MIG/TIG welding
  • Manual/CNC lathe and mill operation
  • Carpentry
  • Hydraulic technician experience
  • Electrical technician experience (for mobile equipment/vehicle wiring harnesses and electronics enclosures)
  • Computer-aided design (Solidworks or Inventor preferred)

Note: Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.


Mechanical Engineer

Hayward, CA Engineering Full-time

Tony stark once said "The truth is... I am Iron Man."

It was a great last line of a movie, and just short of cramming an arc reactor into your chest, being a Mechanical Engineer at MegaBots is about as close as anyone could get to becoming one of the most incredible engineers from science fiction. As a Mechanical Engineer, you'll be responsible for designing some of the most awe-inspiring mechanical contraptions the world has ever seen. You'll be tag-teaming a 4-ton leg joint layout for a mech one day, and sizing up plate steel armor to take a beating from a 5-foot-long 50HP chainsaw the next. Additionally, you'll be doing this with some of the most incredible engineers and designers in the world, working in an agile, fast-paced environment. Added bonus: You will always have something ridiculously cool to talk about when you come home and get asked "So, how was work today?"

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Mechanically design 15+ foot tall, 10+ ton humanoid combat mechs designed to fistfight similarly-sized mechs while keeping pilots and audiences safe
  • Independently and collaboratively take designs from concept to CAD, FEA, fabrication, assembly, and testing
  • Design high-force, high-power, position-controlled linear and rotary hydraulic degrees of freedom
  • Design structures, roll cages, canopies, and pilot seats that can survive 15 foot falls, melee attacks from similarly-sized combat robots, and impacts from high speed projectiles
  • Design high-strength, lightweight, bolted, welded, cast and laid-up structures out of a variety of advanced materials as requirements dictate
  • Develop test procedures for new weapons concepts including giant drills, chainsaws, and ripping claws
  • Continuously balance design time, fabrication time, part cost, design elegance, visual aesthetic, and effectiveness, and be willing to optimize your designs for any of those priorities as needed by the project
  • Interface directly with outside vendors and communicate your designs to fabricators for prototype production 

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Proficiency developing designs using 3D CAD modeling software packages
  • Ability to perform computer-based Finite Element Analysis (FEA) accurately and effectively
  • Design and analysis of high-strength structural weldments
  • Design and analysis of bolted joints for critical assemblies
  • Documentation of engineering designs by creating production drawings, analyses, and assembly procedures
  • Willingness to be on-camera throughout the design and build process
  • Ability (and willingness) to learn new methods and processes
  • Effectively complete tasks in a sometimes fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Ability to ALWAYS perform in a safe and professional manner
  • Ability to receive and act on feedback about work processes, designs, and the like

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

  • 2-3 years of work experience as a Mechanical Engineer
  • Experience with Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Experience with CAD management systems (Autodesk Vault, Solidworks PDM, etc.)
  • Design of large-scale structures and mechanisms
  • Design for vibration and shock loads
  • Design of enclosures or lifts for human safety
  • Design and assembly of hydraulic power transmission systems
  • Routing design for electrical wires and hydraulic hoses
  • Electrical component layout, mounting, and enclosure design
  • Design for ergonomics and human factors
  • Maintenance and repair of gas/diesel engines
  • Metal fabrication (machining, welding, cutting)
  • Electrical fabrication (soldering, crimping, wiring harness fabrication)
  • Rigging and material handling experience (forklift/crane/boom lift certification)
  • Design of compressed air cannons, model rocketry, flame poofers or other 'Backyard Ballistics'-style projects
  • Artistic portfolio including work with metal and/or fiberglass 

This is a full-time position that offers 401(k) and health insurance. Relocation costs will be considered.


Senior Controls Engineer

Hayward, CA Engineering Full-time

We take our engineering very seriously at MegaBots. As a controls engineer, you will be responsible for designing and creating internally-piloted, 15+ feet tall, 6+ ton mechs and robots meant to battle other robots in front of a live audience. Your job will be to make machines that are powerful, agile, and robust enough to live up to the dreams of generations of people around the world, but are at the same time fundamentally safe enough to set the standard for a new sports league for years to come. You will have to work extremely fast and well, make tough calls under pressure, balance design, budget, and time continuously, work on a team seamlessly, be willing to put down your computer and pick up a wrench or a soldering iron if need be, and have a blast while doing so. You can expect once-in-a-lifetime adventures and spontaneous international travel as par for the course. While working with a team of world-class engineers, expect long hours, extreme project responsibility and independence, and a dynamic and unique work environment not found anywhere else.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create and bring-up control systems for 15+ foot tall, 6+ ton humanoid combat mechs designed to fight similarly-sized mechs while keeping pilots and audiences safe
  • Work quickly and effectively on a small, agile multi-disciplinary robotics team with 4-9 other engineers and various subcontractors
  • Explain your work and process on-camera during a fast-paced design and build
  • Independently and collaboratively take control systems from concept, to firmware, to actuator control, to top-level control on extremely short timescales (6-9 months)
  • Work with existing complex humanoid control systems and adapt them to our unique hydraulic hardware
  • Develop physical simulations of robot motions, use them to develop movements and gaits, and inform other engineers of resulting system requirements
  • Create and execute a series of test plans for actuator validation and modeling, system bring-up, and live piloting
  • Work with other engineers to develop human-machine interfaces capable of accurately controlling multi-jointed robot motion

Required Experience

  • Excellent teamwork under pressure
  • Willingness to be on-camera throughout the design and build process
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a small engineering team
  • 5 years minimum controls engineering experience, or 2 years DARPA Robotics Challenge experience in a humanoid controls capacity
  • Forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, position and force control in multi-jointed systems
  • Humanoid or inverted pendulum balance control systems
  • Model predictive control , state estimation, and trajectory planning
  • State visualization (3D, real-time)
  • Data logging system design, implementation and use
  • Control system bring-up on untested platforms and test plan development
  • Experience with ROS, C, Java and Python

Desired Experience

  • Camera operation, video editing, photo editing, graphic design, web design, model making or other graphic design skills
  • Hydraulic system control design
  • 3D SLAM
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Machine vision
  • Mechanical fabrication and assembly skills (machining, welding, and mechanical assembly experience in particular)
  • Electrical fabrication skills (soldering and wiring harness experience in particular)
  • Rigging and commercial transportation experience (forklift/crane/boom lift certification and a CDL in particular)

NOTE: We're serious about requiring 5 years of engineering experience, though we will make an exception if you were specifically involved in the DARPA Robotics Challenge for two years in a humanoid controls capacity. Hands-on Masters and Ph.D. programs count towards this requirement, but undergraduate degrees and internships do not. Sorry, but we're not hiring entry level engineers for this position.