Thermal Engineer at Anduril Industries | Powderkeg

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Mechanical Engineering

Anduril is a defense technology company, bringing Silicon Valley talent and funding to the defense sector. Our technology helps our customers solve their toughest challenges by enabling them to make better, more informed decisions in the life-and-death situations. We’ve assembled a diverse team of experts in artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensor fusion, optics, and data analysis that are creating software and hardware solutions to radically evolve the capabilities of the United States and our allies. If you are passionate about solving problems that have real impact, come join Anduril and build the future of defense!

Designing thermal systems for Anduril products requires a delicate balance of hand calculations, thermal FEA, multiphysics modeling, systems thinking, and test verification. Combining this hardware skillset with Anduril’s core capability in distributed computing, robust networking, AI, and onboard computer vision puts us in a unique position for market entry in a variety of product verticals. If you are passionate about solving hard technical problems that have a tangible and lasting impact, Anduril is the place for you!


  • Own the thermal system of a hardware development program, probably for a system with a combination of radiation, conduction, and convection
  • Use first principles as a basis for every decision and discern the right level of analysis to apply. Execute hand calculations, spreadsheet, and MATLAB/Python first order models to inform path forward before jumping into detailed design.
  • Define good thermal architecture that meets requirements and complies with standards such as MIL-STD-810 to ensure designs are robust in nature
  • Work with EEs to document power dissipations under different operating modes. Combined with boundary conditions, define hot, cold, and any other edge cases that need to be analyzed
  • Communicate pros/cons of system architecture with respect to thermal considerations
  • Own the thermal FEA / CFD model and predict component temperatures
  • Define red/yellow design limits for test and flight
  • Define and execute prototype builds and tests to verify thermal designs (do CAD, select sensors and DAQ equipment, post-process data, summarize results, etc.)
  • Present thermal status at formal reviews internally and with customers. Technical status, risk tracking, inputs to program planning, etc.
  • Provide thermal inputs to build out lab space and infrastructure
  • Support mechanical, electrical, and software team’s development efforts with necessary thermal inputs


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in engineering or applied physics with focus on heat transfer and fluid dynamics
  • Deep understanding of heat transfer and fluid dynamics
  • 2+ years of experience designing thermal systems for integrated hardware products
  • Practical experience designing passive and active thermal management systems
  • Thermal testing experience –sensor selection, data acquisition, data post processing (Python preferred)
  • Thermal FEA experience –STAR-CCM+, Flotherm, Icepak, or ANSYS
  • CAD design experience with Solidworks or Siemens NX
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision
  • Passion for defending the United States and her allies
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export controlled data


  • Experience with battery pack / cell analysis and thermal design
  • Experience with multiphysics analysis
  • Experience developing code in higher level languages like Python or MATLAB for things like lumped thermal capacitance steady state and transient analysis

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you are someone passionate to work on problems that matter, we’d love to hear from you!

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Thermal Engineer
  • Company
    Anduril Industries
  • Location
    Irvine, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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