Mechanical Engineering Team Lead

Oakland, CA
10 days ago
Full time role



Oakland, CA, USA

Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous ...

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Job Description

Pyka is looking for a Mechanical Engineering Team Lead to oversee and contribute to the mechanical engineering efforts at Pyka. In this role, you will manage an enthusiastic and experienced team of mechanical engineers and be responsible for ensuring execution of a broad range of projects with brisk timelines. This team is responsible for designing and implementing a wide variety of mechanical components and assemblies including the composite airframe, battery structure, landing gear, wiring harness, machined and 3D printed parts, and chemical spray system.

Candidates who thrive in fast-paced environments, have a passion for rapid prototyping, and enjoy working with a small dedicated team will love this role. In this role you will report directly to the CEO. 

About Pyka

Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous electric aviation.

To get there, we’re taking a different approach than most. We're applying our technologies to every industry where electric aircraft can be useful, starting with the highest value and most dangerous jobs. In doing so, we're building useful, game-changing products manufactured at scale, while perfecting the safety, reliability, and capabilities of our autonomy engine and electric propulsion systems. 

Today, we supply our aircraft to agricultural service providers and farmers as an autonomous tool that makes aerial crop protection safer, more targeted and less harmful to surrounding environments. Our vehicles are highly economical to operate and easy to deploy. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better now and brings the future of electric aviation one-step closer each day.

We design, develop and manufacture an ecosystem of technologies including proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes.

We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, and expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. In this role you will have a great deal of responsibility, earn a competitive salary and benefits,  and contribute to the development of groundbreaking technology.


  • Provide technical support and leadership to a small team of engineers

  • Manage timelines and projects coordinating across teams at Pyka to ensure that key milestones are met and resources are efficiently utilized

  • Develop lightweight and flexible workflows to help facilitate rapid and organized product development

  • Lead the conceptual design, prototyping, testing, iteration and documentation of flight critical mechanical parts and assemblies

  • Create 3D CAD, drawings and manufacturing documents with meticulous attention to detail

  • Work with our manufacturing teams to build tools and processes to facilitate accurate and consistent manufacture of in-house parts and subsystems

  • Communicate closely with external suppliers and fabricators to develop and acquire quality products in a timely manner

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven history of leading an engineering team in a fast paced R&D environment

  • Broad range of experience designing and prototyping mechanical parts and assemblies for many different applications 

  • Values simplicity and pace in both the way you design and the way you work

  • Inquisitive attitude with an ability to quickly and deftly research new topics, try new things and develop mastery of subjects

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate is not afraid to ask for clarification or give feedback

  • Proven record of taking ideas from napkin sketches to manufactured products

  • Expertise in any 3D CAD package (Solidworks, NX, Inventor)

  • Experience using FEA and hand calculations to validate mechanical designs

  • Ability and excitement to be in a prototyping shop building things with your hands

Company Perks

  • Competitive salary and equity

  • Employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance, FSA with employer matching, and 401(k)

  • Paid holidays and unlimited PTO

  • Free catered lunch and plenty of snacks

Export Control Requirements

This position requires access to technology, software and other information that is subject to governmental access control restrictions, due to export controls.  Employment in this position is conditioned on the continued availability of government authorization to authorize release of such items, to the extent required, including without limitation an export license, or other documentation required to establish authorization to receive access to such items. 

Company may delay commencement of employment, rescind an offer of employment, terminate employment, and/or may modify job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and/or access to Company facilities and information systems, as Company deems appropriate, in order to ensure compliance with applicable government access control restrictions.


Oakland, CA, USA

Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous ...

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