Mechanical Engineer (Rotating Machinery)

Terrafugia is a fast-paced, energetic company that is developing the world’s first practical flying car. We are currently looking for a world-class Mechanical Engineer (Rotating Machinery) to join our vehicle development team. Candidates should be self-starters who bring positive attitude, integrity, and enthusiasm to our team as we transform personal transportation.


As a Key Contributor You Will work within the Drivetrain group to design, analyze, and participate in system integration activities for the Transition® road-mode drivetrain.

Key Responsibilities and Activities

  • Design, analysis, and system integration activities for the Transition® flight-mode drivetrain, including:
    • Mechanical loads definition
    • Engine-to-propeller power transmission
    • Engine-Generator mechanical coupling
    • Material selection for durability and low weight
    • Propshaft, couplings, and shaft-driven rotating accessories
    • Integration of the flight-mode drivetrain with the airframe structure
  • Participate as a key player in the design-build-test process for the Transition®, including conceptual, preliminary and detailed design, requirements definition, design reviews, prototyping, and testing
  • Coordinate and communicate effectively with other engineers, technical personnel, management, and external suppliers
  • Provide CAD work in support of design activities, direct drafting and product definition staff in the application of manufacturing drawing best practices, and define appropriate GD&T
  • Perform analyses, via hand calculations and FEA, to validate designs
  • Support and participate in testing activities – component, drive, and/or flight – as needed, including test plan creation, data analysis, and test report generation and documentation
  • Support the Certification Director with compliance and certification activities including design, test, and analysis documentation, internal and external audits, and other activities as needed

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering and 5+ years technical work experience, or;
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering and 3+ years technical work experience
  • Advanced SolidWorks experience
  • Proven experience in rotating machinery / drivetrain design
  • Familiarity with established design techniques to mitigate rotating imbalance and gyroscopic loading, and tune torsional frequency response
  • Expertise performing static and/or modal analyses for mechanical systems
  • Experience with finite element analysis in SolidWorks Simulation or an equivalent embedded FEA tool
  • Proven definition or production of manufacturing drawings including selection of dimension tolerances
  • Familiarity with material selection to meet strength, weight, durability, and cost targets
  • Proven experience with rapid design cycles: taking a design from concept through detailed design, build and test
  • Familiarity with basic shop tools (hand, power, mill, lathe, etc.)
  • Outstanding organization, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Hands-on experience (work or personal) with rotating machinery assembly/disassembly
  • Proven ability to select appropriate bearing types/sizes, shaft splines, and mechanical couplings for drivetrains
  • Formal training and professional experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Background in designing with aerospace grade materials including fiber reinforced composites
  • Exposure to ANSYS Workbench, FEMAP/NASTRAN or any similar sophistication FEA software
  • Exposure to low or medium volume production environments, particularly in automotive or aerospace industry
  • Familiarity with ASTM F2245 regulations
  • Ability to pass a DOT commercial driver medical examination

Terrafugia provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, ancestry, religion or veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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