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Draper Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

Draper is seeking a mechanical engineer for a role focused on electromechanical system design. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Perform mechanical design and development for ruggedized miniature electromechanical systems including robotic and autonomous systems, and systems for harsh environments (e.g high-g, high temperature, high vibration).

  • Contribute to solving customer-driven problems as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contribute to ideation activities, and adapt appropriately to changes in requirements

  • Communicate effectively and openly with a multi-disciplinary program team members and program leadership, including non-technical personnel

  • Define an approach to independently solve technical problems and execute assignments under the oversight of program leadership

  • Identify technical and schedule risks associated with a design decision and communicate them to project leadership

  • Strong organization, planning and time management skills to achieve program goals

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field such as mechanical engineering, materials science, or manufacturing engineering

  • Experience designing in 3D CAD using SolidWorks and/or CREO

  • Familiarity with design considerations for manufacturability, proper drawing creation, and tolerancing

  • Familiarity with fabrication and assembly of prototypes and proof-of-concept models

  • Team player able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with machine shop tools and processes, prototyping, and vendor coordination

  • Familiarity with specifying and integrating actuators, sensors, and other embedded electronics

  • Experience with analysis tools such as ANSYS, COMSOL, and/or MATLAB.

Security Clearance:

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance.



ID: 2022-6686

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc