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Facebook Prototype Engineer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Facebook Reality Labs is dedicated to the research and development required to bring virtual and augmented reality to billions of people around the world. At the Pittsburgh lab, we aspire to a vision of social VR and AR, where people can interact with each other across distances in a way that is indistinguishable from in-person interactions.

As a Prototype Engineer, you will work closely with Engineer and Researcher teams to develop functional concept prototypes and complex electro-optical/mechanical systems. You must demonstrate an understanding of technical skills and knowledge in a variety of prototyping processes at a consistent high-level of quality and speed. This position requires strong conceptual development and the proficient use of various manufacturing processes and their correct implementation within the prototype path. You must be able to work independently, have a high attention to detail, be customer oriented and possess strong problem-solving skills. A good working knowledge and ability to take working files or conceptual ideas and develop them through to completion. You are well organized and have strong communication skills.

Required Skills:

  1. Use your fabrication and assembly experience to support delivering first of a kind headset, motion capture and/or other prototype systems, including mechanical assembly, PCB inspection and rework, cable harness fabrication, soldering of small components, electrical bring-up, system test, field test, site deployment, and documentation

  2. Create prototypes of concepts and products for evaluation, presentation and focus group studies

  3. Review requirements with the engineers and researchers prior to implementation, proactively identify issues, and suggest solutions

  4. Collaborate with the Researchers and Engineers to ensure models and prototypes meet their requirements

  5. Participate in all aspects of the design, prototyping, integration, and productization process, including quality and safety

  6. Documentation and control responsibility for all processes and procedures related to the position

  7. Follow control procedures to ensure laboratory standards and safety are maintained

  8. Collate and present processing and measurement results

  9. Operate advanced process and metrology equipment

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Design course or equivalent experience

  2. CAD experience (SolidWorks, NX, Fusion 360, Rhino)

  3. Experience in working with cross-functional teams including Engineering, Product Design, Research, etc.

  4. Experience understanding technical and engineering designs

  5. Hands-on experience and knowledge of the full spectrum of the prototype development process, such as: 3D printing, CNC machining, molding, casting, functional prototypes, electrical integration, finishes at a production-level appearance

  6. Knowledge of electrical test equipment, including spectrum analyzers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, DMM/DVM, etc.

  7. Experience devising and constructing tools, dies, molds, jigs, and fixtures, or modify existing tools and equipment to achieve desired outcome

  8. Knowledge of electronics theory, circuit design, troubleshooting, and repair

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 5+ years of experience as electro/mechanical technician

  2. Experience prototyping sensing systems which include cameras, depth sensors, IMUs, microphones, etc.

  3. C++/Python programming experience

  4. Familiarity with low and high voltage commercial electrical systems

  5. Strong analytical, time management and organizational skills

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.