Mechanical Engineer II at Pattern Bioscience | Powderkeg

Location: Austin, TX

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Automation & Engineering Services

At Pattern Bioscience, we’re tackling antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. We use machine learning and microfluidics to quickly recognize the bacteria causing an infection and to predict which drugs will cure the infection.

We are looking for a teammate, a problem solver, someone who is persistent, resilient, passionate, and loves to see projects to completion. As a Mechanical Engineer II, you will join our Automation and Engineering Services team and bring your design experience to support efforts to transition our manufacturing equipment from low volume to high volume production. You will design or select equipment that consists of optical, thermal, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, or electronic hardware to support both consumable and instrument manufacturing. In addition to working with other mechanical engineers, you will work closely with our Manufacturing and Quality teams.

This is a full-time, onsite role.


  • 90-Days: Support hardware maintenance and design changes to proprietary manufacturing equipment to improve throughput and maintenance process
  • 90-Days: Support assembly area development updates to improve ergonomics and throughput
  • 6-Months: Redesign manufacturing fixture to ensure parts are not scratched and residue from wash does not remain on exterior surfaces
  • 6-Months: Support automation efforts by developing hardware to simplify operations and improve throughput

How You Will Contribute

  • Design, development, and test mechanical parts, electromechanical systems, and manufacturing fixtures
  • Work with manufacturers and machine shops to produce custom prototypes and parts
  • Evaluate, develop, and select off the shelf equipment that can support production volumes
  • Manage drawings, bill of materials, and test data for parts and assemblies
  • Design and execute test plans to demonstrate meeting of project requirements
  • Own projects from early-stage definition through completion and reporting of results
  • Collaborate with other engineers or operators to verify design outputs and validate user requirements

We'd Love to Hear from You If You

  • Deliver results with minimal supervision
  • Enjoy working hands-on (in the lab or on the manufacturing floor) to solve problems
  • Have demonstrated experience designing mechanical components from scratch
  • Zero in on the details, generating precise and thoughtful outputs
  • Structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it.
  • Are collaborative and regularly seek feedback
  • Proactively seek to learn and improve, pursuing high standards for yourself and your work

Desired Education and Experience

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with 2+ years of experience including with FMEA, GD&T, SolidWorks, and applying Design for Manufacturing methodologies
  • Experience in a regulated industry such as medical device is a plus
  • Proficiency in PLC controls is a plus

Join us! We're excited for what you can bring to our team. Here are a few things we provide to make sure you have a great experience. Learn more about our team by visiting our website.


  • Health insurance

  • 401k Matching

  • Paid Time Off

  • The opportunity to make a global impact

To fulfill our mission and build world-changing technology, we’ve put together a diverse, multi-disciplinary top-notch team, a culture of innovation, learning, adaptability, and excellence and environment where people love coming to work.

We value diversity on our teams. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Mechanical Engineer II
  • Company
    Pattern Bioscience
  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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