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Prototype Build Technician



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024

Company Description:

We are creating the future of brain-computer interfaces: building devices now that have the potential to help people with paralysis regain mobility and independence and invent new technologies that could expand our abilities, our community, and our world.

Team Description:

The machine shop is responsible for supporting the entire company from machining high-precision robot prototype parts, to small batch runs for the Implant team, and also providing design and fabrication support for animal care teams. The Machine Shop team operates with a great sense of urgency. The team enables engineers to iterate quickly as we strive to create the world's best and most manufacturable Brain Computer Interface. Our goal of enabling people with paralysis to directly use their neural activity to operate computers and mobile devices with speed and ease is within reach.

Job Description and Responsibilities:

Join our Machine Shop team as a Prototype Build Technician, where you'll play a crucial role in bringing innovative designs to life. We're seeking a mechanically-inclined individual who thrives on problem-solving and is passionate about fabrication methods. You are knowledgeable of each stage of the prototyping process, from conceptualization to manufacturing, ensuring the feasibility and efficiency of our designs. The Machine Shop team is seeking someone who can also manage development/prototyping spaces. The ideal candidate will be responsible for organizing and maintaining development/prototyping spaces, particularly fasteners and 3D printing consumables, and ensuring they are all in a tidy and optimal working condition.

  • Collaborate with design teams to understand project requirements and translate concepts into tangible prototypes
  • Utilize various fabrication methods, including additive and subtractive manufacturing, to produce high-quality prototype parts
  • Operate and maintain a range of machines and power/hand tools necessary for prototyping, ensuring safety and efficiency
  • Evaluate prototypes for functionality, durability, and manufacturability, providing feedback to the design team for iteration
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing tasks to meet tight deadlines and production schedules
  • Document all stages of the prototyping process, including materials used, machine settings, and any modifications made
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and fabrication techniques, continuously expanding your skill set and knowledge base
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot issues and optimize designs for production

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; technical certification or associate degree in a related field preferred
  • Proven experience in a fabrication or machining role, with a strong understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Proficiency in operating a variety of machines and tools, such as mills, lathes, 3D printers, and hand tools
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail, with the ability to identify and address potential issues early in the prototyping process
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Adaptability and willingness to learn new skills and techniques as needed
  • An extremely well organized individual

Pay Transparency:

Based on Texas law, the following details are for Texas individuals only:

Texas Hourly Rate Range:
$34—$52/hr USD
For Full-Time Employees, your compensation package will include two major components: salary and equity. Guidance on salary for this role will be determined according to the level at which you enter the organization, with the ability to gain more over time as you contribute. In addition, Full-Time Employees are eligible for the following benefits listed below.

What We Offer:

  • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and most talented experts from different fields
  • Growth potential; we rapidly advance team members who have an outsized impact
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Commuter benefits
  • Meals provided
  • Equity + 401(k) plan *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded
  • Parental leave *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded
  • Flexible time off *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded

Multiple studies have found that a higher percentage of women and BIPOC candidates won't apply if they don't meet every listed qualification. Neuralink values candidates of all backgrounds. If you find yourself excited by our mission but you don't check every box in the description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

Neuralink provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training and social, and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the interview process, please let us know. Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the application or hiring process that would enable you to fully participate in those processes. Examples of reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Documents in alternate formats or read aloud to you
  • Having interviews in an accessible location
  • Being accompanied by a service dog
  • Having a sign language interpreter present for the interview