Manufacturing Engineer

Precision Agriculture - Unmanned Aircraft Sensors and Services - Full Time
Location: Seattle, WA

Position Overview

The Manufacturing Engineer at MicaSense will be responsible for managing the production of current products as well as helping the Manufacturing and Production Manager with transitioning new products from prototype to production. Included in these responsibilities are designing and manufacturing fixtures and special tools, line creation, production schedule, production budget, and addressing any technical issues that arise during manufacturing. The Manufacturing Engineer will constantly work towards improving processes to decrease errors and increase productivity. In addition, the Manufacturing Engineer will also be responsible for organizing the distribution of the end product.


  • Design and build fixtures under the supervision of the Manufacturing and Production Manager
  • Help identify root cause of failures and devise mitigation steps for excessive fallout or faulty product
  • Work with the Manufacturing and Production Manager to assess manufacturability and assembly ease of products
  • Participate and contribute ideas in design reviews
  • Work with Manufacturing and Production Manager to transition prototypes into production
  • Manage and improve inventory process
  • Manage contract manufacturer (CM) builds, including but not limited to:
    • Diagnosing and fixing problems during manufacturing
    • Improving yield at CM
    • Insuring a seamless and efficient multi-national supply chain
  • Find vendors and facilitate the relationship between the CM and the supply chain
  • Identify ways to further reduce the BOM or labor costs for all parts being produced
  • Utilize Product Line Management tools (Arena) to enter, update, and maintain BOM and drawings for new and existing parts
  • Other duties as assigned


We expect you to have:

  • Minimum 1 year experience in production environment (internships count towards this)
  • Experience interacting with vendors and contract manufacturers
  • Experience with SMT process, quality control, and root cause analysis/FMEA
  • Hands on work is required and expected using various shop tools including CNC machines
  • Understanding of various industry standard machining processes, including, injection molding, CNC machining, stamping, laser and waterjet cutting, etc.
  • Experience with 3D printing technology, should be able to explain the difference between SLS, FDM, DMLS, etc.
  • Extensive experience using Solidworks, Fusion 360 or similar including complex surfacing, GD&T, molding tools
  • Strong documentation skills and appreciation for documentation
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited interaction but also able to collaborate on projects
  • Ability to advocate for best path forward among competing ideas and priorities

Bonus Points

  • Demonstrated programming ability in Python, C/C++, or other scripting language
  • Experience with SMT programming, PCB layout and design, or ability to build PCB/PCBAs
  • Clean room experience
  • Optics background
  • Photography background
  • Portfolio of projects demonstrating skills including those outlined

Perks of MicaSense

  • Competitive salary
  • Company subsidized bus/metro passes
  • Excellent working environment in Fremont neighborhood, overlooking north side of Lake Union
  • Access to office full kitchen with complimentary espresso, drinks, & snacks
  • Impromptu NERF gun fights and mini-drone races