Companies you'll love to work for

Prelude Ventures
Prelude Ventures

Sr Mechanical Engineer, Automated Capital Equipment



Other Engineering
California, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

QuantumScape developed the industry’s first anode-less cell design, which delivers high energy density while lowering material costs and simplifying manufacturing. Our innovative battery cell technology can store energy more efficiently and reliably than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

We are seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join our growing team to support and development of critical process equipment. The position will focus on hands-on hardware design and development with goal of identifying scalable concepts for volume production.

Do you enjoy a meaningful and creative environment where you can excel and autonomously solve difficult problems? We are looking to grow our team with addition of a motivated individual who is seeking technical challenges and professional grow.

This role includes the creation of mechanical designs to accomplish specific process goals, iterative hands-on design/verification, and the emphasis on scalable equipment design.

You will work with other engineers and scientists and will be responsible for driving and completing assigned projects through all stages of the design process, including specification, design, prototyping, assembly, and test.


  • Design responsibilities for mechanical systems and equipment design function, develops and implements concepts for range of significantly complex product issues and engineering solutions, lead and/or execute engineering projects/programs.
  • Design and execute experiments to evaluate new tools/processes and bring them to our production line
  • Technically lead and/or execute engineering projects and spearhead research and development of new technologies, as appropriate.
  • Problem identification and troubleshooting a wide range of significantly complex engineering problems.
  • Generate tool/ equipment specifications.
  • Specify the development, design, or modify engineering layouts/schematics and/or detailed drawings/specifications of significantly complex scope.
  • Solves unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.
  • Define, coordinate, perform, and document engineering test reports.
  • Perform engineering analysis of difficult scope.
  • Work with a team to root cause and address problem statements.
  • Communicate results to the broader team.
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team driven environment.
  • Excellent hands-on troubleshooting of mechanical and automated systems
  • Excellent communication skills, and a positive attitude
  • Regarded as the technical expert in building high temperature equipment, automation components, linear guides, rotary actuators, robots, end effectors, dispense, vacuum and complex mechanical assemblies.
  • Plan and Execute DoEs to characterize boundary conditions and optimize process for manufacturability and quality.
  • Leads projects with notable risk and complexity; develops the strategy for project execution.
  • Additional responsibilities include, technical mentoring as required within the engineering group, help professional and personal development.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and or Aerospace Engineering 6+ years of industry experience. Preferred: Master’s degree in mechanical engineering
  • Regarded as the technical expert in heat transfer assemblies, furnaces with high temperature (>1000 deg C). Experience in the design and optimization of temperature-controlled equipment and furnaces.
  • Experience in the design of robotics systems and automated capital equipment. Experience with roll-to-roll processing equipment is highly desired. High speed automation, robotic, vision, material handling, conveyors, PLC, HMI, etc.
  • Preferred: Automation equipment design and development experience -
  • Experience with supplier management and collaborating with remote engineering teams.
  • Knowledge with, Inventor , AutoDesk Vault PDM or equivalent PDM/PLM systems and in GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing).
  • Experience with Solidworks, Unigraphics NX, ANSYS, CFD, COSMOS
  • Experience creating project documentation, drawings, inspections, etc.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Multi-tasking ability, priority management and sense of urgency
  • Able to work under pressure per tight schedule.
  • Knowledge of system and parts reliability
  • BS or higher degree in mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer science, or other engineering field.
  • At least six years of proven experience in equipment design, automation and integration from R&D to manufacturing environments.
  • Hands-on experience developing applications using servomotors, linear/rotary actuators, encoders, and sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, flow, and distance.
  • Experience supporting the installation and transitioning of early research and development prototypes into production-ready capital equipment.
  • Experience with supplier management and/or collaborating with remote engineering teams will be a plus.
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities outside of normal scope and take a collaborative approach to solving problems.
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive attitude required.
  • 5% travel required.


Mid-point salary range for this role is $159,500.00. Final base compensation will be based on a candidate’s qualifications. QuantumScape also offers an annual bonus and a generous RSU/Equity package as part of its compensation plan. In addition, we do offer a tremendous benefits plan including employer sponsored health insurance, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), and other exciting perk.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.