Associate Mechanical Engineer

Ted Pella, Inc. is seeking an Associate Mechanical Engineer to assist in the mechanical design and development of new and existing products, including instruments as well as small parts and supplies. This position reports to the Engineering Manager, and collaborates with the senior Mechanical Engineering staff and the Director of Research & Development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, construct and test mechanical prototypes and test beds.
  • Contribute to bringing products from idea, to proof of concept, through to the final, manufacturable product.
  • Assist in the design, development, integration and testing of all aspects of mechanical components, equipment, and instrumentation.
  • Apply knowledge of engineering principles to design products such as instruments, controls, robots, machines, etc.
  • May be involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical products. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Provide Sustaining Engineering support on existing products and instruments.
  • Provide support to internal staff in Manufacturing, Thin Film Lab and Customer Service.
  • Rely on education, experience and judgment to plan and accomplish department and corporate goals.
  • Work in conjunction with other department Mechanical Engineering staff to perform a variety of complicated tasks.
  • Contribute to regular technical reviews throughout the product development process.
  • Contribute to concept generation and ideation processes.
  • Interface with internal and external customers to design new products and support existing products
  • Analyze root cause and corrective action of line yield, field failures, safety, and manufacturing issues.
  • Collaborate with other staff on related product issues and development.
  • Maintain and protect the confidentiality of proprietary information.
  • Perform other duties which may become essential to the position.

Job Requirements:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering required.
  • 0 - 2 years of mechanical design engineering experience. Must have some practical hands-on industry experience.
  • Experience with development of scientific instrumentation as well as smaller items.
  • CAD experience required; SolidWorks strongly preferred.
  • Results-oriented self-starting nature, with a demonstrated track record of success.
  • A passion for delivering engineering excellence.
  • Ability to work in mechanical design within multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Technical Experience in a broad range of product development preferred, with sound expertise in one or more areas:
    • Mechanical Engineering.
    • Control systems and automation.
    • Materials science.
    • Interfaces to electrical and software components and controls.
    • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFM & DFA), observe and recommend procedures, assembly jigs and training for Manufacturing efficiency.
    • Understanding of Design Qualification (DQ) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) process.
    • Vacuum technology experience is preferred.
    • Low and high-volume manufacturing environments.
    • Experience in product and process engineering support.
  • Demonstrate mechanical design aptitude.
  • Good problem diagnosis and solving skills. A high level of attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal and organization skills. Ability to work well with people. Ability to interface successfully with customers, co-workers and management.
  • Solid experience with a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment, learn new things quickly, handle multiple tasks, and prioritize responsibly.
  • Must have excellent math, reading, writing and spelling skills. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in the English language, verbally and in writing.
  • Must be self-motivated to work independently, as well as work well on a team.
  • Must have strong attendance record and work ethic, and maintain a positive attitude at all times
  • Must be authorized to work in U.S. Work visa sponsorship is not available.
  • Must successfully pass background check and drug test prior to employment.


Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm and/or as needed.


Salary will be commensurate with experience, and includes a generous medical, dental and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with Company match, paid vacation, sick, and holidays.

About the Company:

Ted Pella, Inc. has been serving the global microscopy community with instrumentation and supplies for over 50 years. We sell to the entire USA and all around the world both directly and through a large distributor network. We are a healthy company, growing even throughout uncertain economic times. Visit our web site at We are a family-owned and operated Company, with a professional and friendly atmosphere.

About the Location:

We are situated in beautiful Redding, CA, an area well-known for outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and snow sports. We are surrounded by National Parks, the second-largest reservoir in CA, and plenty of mountains, lakes and streams. Our area offers a nice balance of small city life with plenty of shopping, restaurants and culture, nestled within an incredible rural recreational setting.

To apply please send your resume to: [email protected]