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Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer



Other Engineering
Orlando, FL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Luminar is a global automotive technology company ushering in a new era of vehicle safety and autonomy. For the past decade, Luminar has built an advanced hardware and software/AI platform to enable its more than 50 industry partners, including the majority of global automotive OEMs. From consumer vehicle programs with Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz to technology partnerships including NVIDIA and Mobileye, Luminar is poised to be the first automotive technology company to enable next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for global production vehicles. For more information please visit www.luminartech.com.

Team Overview

Luminar is seeking an experienced Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer in Orlando, FL. You will be responsible for providing guidance to a team of mechanical engineers in developing lidar sensor products through design, prototype, testing, industrialization and production release. You must be capable of devising solutions to complex engineering problems by driving efforts both independently and utilizing inputs from other cross-functional experts across the organization. This position is based in Orlando, FL and will require domestic & international travel (10% - 20%). Relocation assistance is available.


  • Design and prototype new technology concepts and product architectures for various product designs. Including architecting mechanical assemblies and systems for high-volume manufacturing. Including architecting mechanical assemblies and systems for high-volume manufacturing
  • Ability to balance hands-on responsibilities as well as leadership responsibilities enforcing best practices in design, development, and testing within product development
  • Own hardware from concept generation to real world use by working with an interdisciplinary team to execute across the full product development cycle. Develop design criteria, collaborate on requirements, lead design reviews, perform validation testing and drive system-level optimizations
  • Manage external vendors through the design process and transition to industrialization by ensuring timely delivery of prototypes, samples, tooling and equipment
  • Design, assemble and integrate prototypes for internal and external sample builds
  • Drive DFMEA process to identify failure modes in complex mechanical systems and troubleshoot issues
  • Work with project management to create product schedules, manage the design development, track milestones and deliverables across multiple projects

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or Optical/Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • 10+ years of mechanical design, analysis and testing experience in product development
  • 3+ years of being a team lead on a project consisting of a complex mechanical system
  • Proficient in CAD detail design (Solidworks or Creo preferred), large assembly management, drafting high quality engineering drawings incorporating GD&T and bill of material management through PDM/PLM systems
  • Prior ownership of a complex assembly from initial design through production ramp
  • Expert understanding of application of mechanical engineering principle, theories and concept with optical and electronic mechanical products
  • Vast experience with cross functional product troubleshooting, failure analysis methods, root cause determination, containment and corrective action implementation
  • Strong expertise in preparing conceptual models, trade studies, design reviews, engineering change documentation and impact assessments
  • Knowledge of various manufacturing processes and utilizing DFx process in design for automated assembly
  • Experience designing die cast, metal injection molded (MIM) and injection molded parts
  • Experience in planning timelines for design tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. or PhD in an engineering field
  • 3+ years of opto-mechanical professional working experience
  • 5+ years leading a team of mechanical engineers within a cross functional product development project
  • Demonstrated expertise in sensor integration and packaging, including hands-on experience with various electro-optical technologies (lenses, cameras, lasers, detectors, etc.) and their application in mechanical systems (Lidar preferred)
  • Experience with designing and specifying mechanical mechanisms and motor assemblies

Luminar is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We will make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified applicant with a disability, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation and that the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please let us know if you believe you require reasonable accommodation, or if you would like assistance to complete an application or to participate in an interview at the company.

At Luminar, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. This role pays a base between $150,000 and $180,000 per year. Within this range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. You will also be eligible to receive other benefits including: equity in the form of restricted stock unit awards, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, 401k plan, life and disability benefits, flexible time off, paid parental leave, and tuition reimbursement for formal education related to advancing your career at Luminar. The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire and schedule type.

*Note that the pay range listed for this position is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible base compensation at the time of posting.