Do you:

Want better things to do?

Enjoy taking shortcuts in pursuit of awesome goals?

Delight in a first-principles approach to tackling a diverse array of engineering problems?

Make gadgets in your spare time?

Take apart or break everything you can get your hands on?

Have good mechanical intuition and use it to break stuff?

Consider McMaster-Carr to be an indispensible resource?

Wish somebody would pay you to build interesting gadgets?

Apply to this job and we will!


  • Conceive, design, and implement tools and simple machines for lab scientists.
  • Work cooperatively on complex projects involving mechanical, electrical, and software elements.
  • Piece together multiple off-the-shelf machines to create something new.
  • Fix, tweak, and maintain equipment around the office, lab, pilot plant, and production facility.
  • Know when to ask questions, think creatively, and learn.

Education and Experience

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering preferred, but creative hands-on tinkerers with an engineering degree or equivalent experience considered
  • 3-7 years in a hands-on, brain-on job creating real things
  • Comfortable with people, CAD, spreadsheets, hand tools, and machine tools

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong technical and project management skills with results
  • Willingness to do a passable task quickly and a comprehensive job slowly, to buy what you can and build what you must
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complexity
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally, building strong relationships across R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, and External Teams
  • Determination to find the best solution for the needed applications
  • Ability to continuously challenge assumptions to seek innovative solutions

Physical demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to handle and feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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