Carnegie Mellon University

System Engineer

Job ID: 2018728

What we are looking for:

Come build robots and teams with us! We are seeking System Engineer applicants to collaborate with other leaders at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh. In this role, you will work on projects from conception through deployment and lead team collaboration using a pragmatic system engineering approach in a rapid development environment.

At times, you may support one large project or several smaller development efforts. This role is critical to establishing the appropriate level of rigor for each unique project while meeting standards for excellence. Successful applicants will take initiative, be curious, seek excellence, and help their teams overcome all sorts of challenges. You likely have experience that spans several subject areas while being deeper in one.

Projects you may contribute to could range from machine operator assist systems or agricultural productivity tools to automation, autonomy, or safety systems in commercial or government domains.

  • Define high-level and detailed requirements, establish priorities, and deliver projects successfully through collaboration with key partners, business managers, and engineers to build consensus around architectural solutions.
  • Lead team members in effort analysis, issue resolution, change and risk management, and quality assurance making use of tracking tools, methods, and software development systems such as Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and other custom tools.
  • Lead creation and maintenance of documentation and model-based system engineering artifacts over the entire project lifecycle for systems that span several hardware and software fields at an appropriate level of fidelity.
  • Guide and perform engineering tasks including design and trade studies.
  • Support system testing and functional demonstrations.
  • Perform project management tasks including scheduling, staffing, and budgeting in collaboration with project manager for large projects or independently for smaller projects.
  • Contribute to organization-wide methods and standard methodologies for system and project engineering.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of professional experience which includes demonstrated system engineering skills
  • Demonstrated success in leading, working, and collaborating within a team
  • Self-motivated, curious, and failure-seeking to achieve continuous improvements and solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical big picture thinking in completing tasks
  • Highly organized with the ability to work on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and remain agile given changing priorities
  • Practices attention to detail, respect for documentation accuracy, and information sharing
  • Energetic and hands-on leader
  • Experience with the development of a complex system such as for robotics and automation in a variety of industries, power plant design, rail control systems, automotive systems, or similar
  • Experience with development operations, configuration management, quality assurance, procurement management, or release management
  • Software development experience
  • Experience with procurement of custom equipment or services and acceptance of procured items
  • Experience with applying industry standards and verification and validation methods
  • Experience with system modeling and requirements management tools and methods
  • Experience with use of engineering development tools typical for each subject area including software version control (git), project task tracking (Jira), and data and document/design configuration systems (various)
  • Experience with scoping of development projects and use of project tracking tools

You will have an impact in shaping the robotics revolution, collaborating with and learning from experts, and building your career in a rapidly growing field. As part of our team, you will develop solutions to solve industrial and government challenges, deploy your technology in real-world situations, work side-by-side with robotics experts, and develop an array of innovative technologies.

Have an Impact

Take Control of Your Career

  • Select the career pathway that interests you
  • Influence the direction of projects
  • Supportive of a non-standard schedule
  • Maintain work/life balance
  • Switch between part-time and full-time as life demands

NREC is at the center of the robotics ecosystem in Pittsburgh, PA. With over 100 robotics companies, Pittsburgh is recognized as the robotics capital of the world. Geek Wire calls it Robotics Row; others call it Roboburgh. Join the leader in the most exciting time in robotics!

Join our passionate and talented team at NREC, an operating unit within the world-renowned Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. 

NREC has 25+ years of experience developing and deploying robots into many applications across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, mining, defense, energy, and manufacturing. We strive to provide solutions for real-world challenges where automation and robots impact productivity and improve the safety and comfort of the labor force. Our unique expertise places us at the forefront of unmanned ground vehicle design, autonomy, sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, operator assistance, 3D mapping, and position estimation. With over 160 robotics professionals, we solve challenges that no other organization can.

NREC also leads in educational outreach through its Robotics Academy, which builds robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students, and offers professional development certification courses and training to educators. 

At NREC, we value diversity, support it, and thrive on it for the benefits of our organization, our employees and our community. Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.