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Hardware Design Engineer

The Internet Archive is currently seeking a Hardware Design Engineer to develop and evolve the highly specialized digitization equipment used in IA book digitization centers, projects, and workflows worldwide. This position is a contract position with hours based on project demands, with possibility for expansion to full-time salaried position.

Responsibilities & Duties

The Hardware Design Engineer is responsible for the design, prototyping, manufacture, testing, and installation of IA’s book digitization equipment to meet rigorous quality standards and support production expansion at multiple sites. The successful candidate will work on several projects related to all phases of design and manufacturing, including development of hardware requirements documents and specifications; hands-on support for metal fabrication and other prototyping methods as necessary; planning and implementation of tests for prototypes and production equipment; development of engineering sketches and CAD/CAM drawings to determine design factors for equipment based on requirements; oversight of manufacturing processes and vendors; analysis of hardware configurations for conformance to specifications; collaboration with software engineers on systems integration; documentation of equipment usage instructions; onsite equipment installation and testing as necessary; and continuous data-driven improvement of equipment to meet IA’s organizational goals.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Advanced degree in mechanical engineering
  • Two to three years of mechanical engineering experience, preferably related to digitization equipment
  • Expertise with CAD (Solidworks) for mechanical design
  • Strengths in creativity and thinking outside the box
  • Technical rigor and detail orientation
  • Computer systems and networking knowledge and familiarity with unix environments
  • Software development skills and experience with python or other scripting languages preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to travel on occasion to IA’s digitization centers worldwide
  • Commitment to the greater good and to doing work that has a beneficial long-term impact on society
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor are essential

Internet Archive is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V/L/G/B/T and will consider for employment, qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance

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