Title:  Principal Mechanical Engineer

Date:  Mar 29, 2024


Work Location Type:  On-site
Company:  QuantumScape Corporation

QuantumScape developed the industry’s first anode-less cell design, which delivers high energy density while lowering material costs and simplifying manufacturing. Our innovative battery cell technology can store energy more efficiently and reliably than today’s lithium-ion batteries.


QuantumScape is seeking a Principle Mechanical Design Engineer to join our growing team to support the design and development of critical process equipment.  The position will focus on hands-on hardware design and development with the goal of identifying scalable concepts for volume production.

Do you enjoy a meaningful and creative environment where you can excel and autonomously solve difficult problems? We are looking to grow our team with the addition of a motivated individual who is seeking technical challenges and professional growth.  This role includes the creation of mechanical designs to accomplish specific process goals, iterative hands-on design / verification, and the emphasis on scalable equipment design.   You will work with other engineers and scientists and will be responsible for driving and completing assigned projects through all stages of the design process, including specification, design, prototyping, assembly and testing.  


Coaches and mentors the team, setting methodologies that inspire and motivate the team. 

Independently, develops and implements concepts for range of significantly complex product issues and engineering solutions.

Technically lead and/or execute engineering projects and spearhead research and development of new technologies, as appropriate.

Problem identification and troubleshooting a wide range of significantly complex engineering problems.

Generate tool/ equipment specifications.

Specify the development, design, or modify engineering layouts/schematics and/or detailed drawings/specifications of significantly complex scope

Solves unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions

Problem identification and troubleshooting a variety of difficult mechanical problems 

Define, coordinate, perform, and document engineering test reports

Perform engineering analysis of difficult scope 

Design and execute experiments to evaluate new tools/processes and bring them to our production line

Work with a team to root cause and address problem statements

Communicate results to the broader team.


Functional Knowledge 


Design responsibilities for mechanical systems and equipment design function, develops and implements concepts for range of significantly complex product issues and engineering solutions, lead and/or execute engineering projects/programs.

Additional responsibilities include, technical mentoring as required within the engineering group, help professional and personal development.

Regarded as the technical expert in automation components, linear guides, rotary actuators, robots, end effectors, dispense, vacuum and complex mechanical assemblies.

Plan and Execute DoEs to characterize boundary conditions and optimize process for manufacturability and quality.

Automation equipment design and development experience - High speed automation, robotic, vision, material handling, conveyors, PLC, HMI, etc.

Experience with supplier management and collaborating with remote engineering teams.

Leads projects with notable risk and complexity; develops the strategy for project execution


 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Knowledge with, Inventor , AutoDesk Vault PDM or equivalent PDM/PLM systems and in GD&T  (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing).

Experience with Solidworks, Unigraphics NX, ANSYS, CFD, COSMOS 

Ability to work well individually and in a team driven environment

Excellent hands-on troubleshooting of mechanical and automated systems

Excellent communication skills, and a positive attitude

Qualifications Education: Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering.

Years of Experience: 8- 12 Years Work Experience

Travel: 5-10% and this role requires working from our facilities in San Jose, CA.


Mid-point salary range for this role is $196,446. Final base compensation will be based on a candidates qualifications. QuantumScape also offers an annual bonus and a generous RSU/Equity package as part of its compensation plan. In addition, we do offer a tremendous benefits plan including employer sponsored health insurance, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), and other exciting perks.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.