Mechanical/Thermal Architect

Facebook | Seattle, WA

Posted Date 8/17/2018
Description The mission of the Oculus Product Design Engineering team is to develop and launch world-class hardware that enables next-generation VR experiences. We work closely with a wide array of creative, technical and operations partners as we push the boundaries of what is possible.
As a Mechanical/Thermal Architect at Oculus, you will take a critical role in bringing VR to our customers. You will develop thermal solutions for next-generation consumer virtual reality hardware. You will take the lead exploring and refining major elements of consumer VR hardware through hands-on, iterative prototyping, while working with a team of diverse, top engineers. You will refine selected designs and coordinate with manufacturing experts during the production process. We are looking for someone with a productive mindset who can apply their mechanical engineering expertise to solve problems in creative, insightful ways. Our ideal candidate has a strong thermal design background, excellent prototyping skills, 3D CAD capability, and experience in designing and manufacturing consumer technology products.
Extensive cross-functional collaboration and documentation and communication skills will be required to deliver production-development ready architectures.


  • Provide cross-functional leadership and direction in the development of product thermal architectures.

  • Collaborate with designers and other engineers (EE/ME/Test) to identify challenges, strategically create simulations, build and conduct tests, and present findings to designers and other engineers early and often.

  • Build thermal prototypes in the lab for early validation.

  • Scale efforts by leveraging internal/external resources.

  • Serve as resident thermal expert to help expand general team knowledge of thermal design.

  • Contribute to the creation of technical specifications and product definition.

  • Create processes to assure early analysis and design validation of critical issues.

  • Able to organize and lead design and technical reviews.

  • Advance team capabilities by continually being aware of new thermal management technology and leveraging latest features in software tools.

  • Perform or lead testing to measure product performance and validate thermal analysis.

  • Present results in a form actionable by cross-functional team members.

  • Drive failure analysis, root cause efforts, and design of experiments to resolve problems.


  • BS or higher in Mechanical Engineering.

  • 6+ years of experience in the mechanical engineering of mass-produced consumer electronics.

  • 6+ years of experience in 3D modeling in Unigraphics NX, SolidWorks or Pro/ENGINEER.

  • 3+ years of experience defining and driving product architectures for electronic devices.

  • Experience with every stage of the product development process.

  • Knowledge in mechanical fundamentals, tolerance analysis, Root Cause Analysis, DFM/DFA and DFMEA.

  • Experience in designing parts and assemblies adhering to cosmetic requirements.

  • Experience designing stamped, CNC, MIM and plastic injection molded parts.

  • Knowledge of human factors, safety and regulatory, and electrical engineering concerns.

  • Experience driving China-based vendors remotely and in-person, including a variety of engineering engagement models (CM, JDM and ODM).

  • Experience with mechanism design and design analysis.


  • Mandarin and/or Cantonese language skills.

  • Experience with optical systems, depth sensors, image sensors.

  • Experience with wearable technologies and technical soft goods.

  • Experience with complex thermal systems.

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