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Manufacturing Engineer (Mechanisms)



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2023
Hermeus is a startup developing hypersonic aircraft to radically accelerate air travel. At Mach 5, more than twice the speed of the supersonic Concorde, passengers will be able to cross the Atlantic in 90 minutes. On the path to hypersonic passenger aircraft, Hermeus is partnering with government agencies including the US Air Force and NASA to develop a series of autonomous aircraft that derisk the technology and solve urgent national security challenges. These products provide the data and confidence necessary to certify, produce, operate, and maintain safe and comfortable commercial aircraft. Hypersonic aircraft have the potential to create trillions of dollars of new global economic growth per year, unlocking significant resources that can be utilized to solve the world’s greatest problems.
The Manufacturing Team at Hermeus are the boots on the ground. We are are responsible for guiding design, manufacturing, and integrating flight vehicles along with the complex equipment and processes required to support their development. We provide crucial design feedback to our engineering team and can rapidly iterate on design and assembly.
The role is responsible for manufacturing and integration of flight hardware, clean sheet design and development of critical ground test and support equipment, owning and developing company level processes to enable highly efficient development. This highly interdisciplinary role requires strong 1st principles in manufacturing, mechanics, data acquisition, and fluids; a strong ability to communicate requirements in a rapidly changing environment; and the drive to rapidly and safely create novel and cutting-edge hardware to accelerate the future of hypersonic travel. Responsibilities include:

Own and stand up a 5000 sqft physical hardware development environment consisting of assembly, test, R&D, light machine shop areas.

  • Space includes: Hydraulic test stands, DI water system, Shop air, high voltage systems

Own clean sheet design and development of critical ground test and support equipment

  • Test stand design, analysis, development, and qualification
  • Manage projects and execute to tight timelines while effectively communicating with stakeholders
  • Prioritize broad work scope to meet top company objectives

Own flight hardware manufacturing, test, and Integration scopes

  • Design assembly and test processes that produce verified, high quality hardware, quickly
  • Make 1st principles and risk conscious decisions aligned with program posture
  • Provide design for manufacturability and test feedback to the Responsible Engineer

Valued Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering or a technical discipline
  • 2+ year of experience in electro-fluid-mechanical test stand design and development
  • 2+ years of experience in aviation or aerospace manufacturing environment
  • Experience in a startup development environment
  • Experience working in a flight development program
  • Experience with metallic manufacturing techniques and equipment for processes such as CNC fabrication, precision cleaning, inspection, etc.

Technical Skills:

  • Ability to quickly perform trades using first principles and engineering fundamentals
  • Strong communication skills and ability to provide feedback on technical documents
  • Experience using CAD to design parts and assemblies along with working geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) knowledge
  • Working knowledge of the National Instruments environment and LabVIEW programing language
  • Working knowledge of Python or other coding language


  • Passion for creating simple, high performing, cost effective, fast work products
  • Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends as needed
  • Willingness to travel to support of hardware and flight tests
We encourage you to apply even if you have skillsets and experience outside of our current needs as we're always open to connect and discuss future opportunities.