Mechanical Engineer, Integration

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From day one, Lyft’s mission has been to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. And self-driving cars are critical to that mission: they can make our streets safer, cities greener, and traffic a thing of the past. That’s why we started Level 5, our self-driving division, where we’re building a self-driving system to operate on the Lyft network. 
Level 5 is looking for doers and creative problem solvers to join us in developing the leading self-driving system for ridesharing. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, and each has the opportunity to have an outsized influence on the future of our technology. Our world-class software and hardware experts work in brand new garages and labs in Palo Alto, California, and offices in London, England and Munich, Germany. And we’re moving at an incredible pace: we’re currently servicing employee rides in our test vehicles on the Lyft app. Learn more at

As part of the Mechanical Integration Engineering Team, you will be interacting on a daily basis with Lyft’s self-driving system, and the individual components that go into it. You will be a technical contributor with a deep understanding of the technology involved in the Lyft Self-Driving System.

  • Support the mechanical platform development of Lyft’s autonomous vehicles
  • Work cross-functionally with Software, Electrical, Operations, and Product teams to rapidly design and build hands on physical proof-of-concept prototypes for technology evaluation
  • Design & build automated test rigs for evaluation and characterization of sensors including but not limited to LiDAR, RADAR, Camera, and INS technologies
  • Design and build integration test benches and test bucks (Low Voltage and High Voltage) to validate mechanical, electrical, and software systems and interfaces
  • Troubleshoot vehicle issues including but not limited to hardware, electrical, and firmware systems
  • Debug autonomous vehicle platforms from the nuts and bolts all the way up to the computer and communication systems
  • Work with relevant cross functional teams to solve complex problems on tight timelines
  • Build and maintain familiarity with Lyft's autonomous vehicles inside and out including latest changes to our systems
  • Understand and stay up-to-speed on complex problems in real-time, escalating to appropriate stakeholders across the organization
  • Work closely with mechanical Design and Operations team to ensure assembly and integration processes are efficient, optimized and documented accurately

Experience & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related field with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience

  • Strong hands-on experimental ability with prototyping experience

  • Previous Vehicle Integration/Design Experience

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Nice to have:

  • Experience designing and integrating equipment on an automotive platform

  • Experience with autonomous driving sensors (LiDAR/RADAR/GPS/INS)

  • Experience building products for harsh environments

  • Python experience including data processing & serial communication

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