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Mechanical Engineer IV (Hybrid)

REQ: REQ-138473 Engineering

Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Irvine, CA, United States
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  • As part of the Technologies R&D group, responsible for research, design and development of mechanical and electromechanical components to be used in conjunction with IFE (In-Flight Entertainment) systems. This could include concept design of advanced antenna systems and its corresponding mechanisms based on internal and external requirements, to be used in aircraft applications.


  • Perform design and development including mechanical layout, analysis, evaluation, prototype build, and testing of electromechanical (actuation) systems and antenna hardware.
    • Research, identify and develop concepts and ideas for electromechanical solutions and actuation pertaining to IFE equipment.
    • Mechanical design and development of antenna hardware. Ensure that selection of hardware and material is in compliance with specifications and product requirements.
    • Oversee the determination of a problem solution while giving consideration to form, fit, function, thermal, structural rigidity, weight, EMI, ESD, DFM, DFT, product marketing and cost.
    • Create and evaluate conceptual designs, assess risks, and develop cost effective products that meet the program requirements for packaging systems in airborne-based environments.
    • Optimize antenna design by working hand in hand with the analysts and oversee the analysis of antenna designs for the determination of thermal/dynamic characteristics, and performance of materials, mechanisms, assemblies and systems.
    • Build product prototypes.
  • Product testing.
    • Responsible for relevant testing on the prototypes in a lab environment with the help of test engineer(s) to ensure the design meets all required aerospace standards.
  • Support engineering analysts in conducting thermal/mechanical shock/vibration/EMI/ESD analysis.
    • Provide the necessary input to the analysts in terms of file formats, test data for them to perform the best analysis possible


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent followed by an MS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace
  • Engineering, Mechatronics, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent.
  • 8-10 years experience in electromechanical systems development for aircraft or commercial applications with a proven track record of designs that are currently in production.
  • Experience with structural analysis tools such as ANSYS Workbench a plus.


  • In-depth knowledge of engineering fundamentals and principles to assess best design path for electromechanical equipment.
  • Knowledge and experience in large moveable structures/linkages driven by motors and guided by high precision feedback systems such as displacement sensors.
  • Expertise in determining and developing requirements from specifications, oral instructions, or preliminary sketches.
  • Expertise in running mechanism models using computer simulation tools.
  • Expert-level ability to design using Pro/E Wildfire MCAD Tool or solid modeling software such as Autodesk Inventor.
  • Practical knowledge of 1) a broad range of fabrication methods and/or processes like machining, extrusion etc.; 2) common metals, allows, polymers, adhesives, composite materials, ceramics; 3) methods for mechanical assembly & electronics packaging; and 4) Gear-train design.
  • Higher level knowledge of the entire aircraft-level system and integration of the antenna.
  • Experience in mechanisms, load path analysis, interface loading and stress analysis.
  • Knowledge of Aerospace standards and requirements for airborne equipment such as RTCA/DO-160F and OEM requirements such as Boeing D6 and Airbus ABD documents a plus.
  • Exemplary technical writing ability to prepare reports and documentation for submission to management and customers.
  • Performs as technical expert and a source of information.
  • Highly proficient in project planning to ensure timely completion of complex, independent tasks or one or more complex projects. Must know, plan for and integrate internal and external dependencies across multi-functions.
  • Utilize specialized knowledge in order to provide recommendations and make decisions in matters of significance to the product and company.


  • Prefer candidates with motivation and experience in Robotics

Our Principles: 

Contribution to Society | Fairness & Honesty | Cooperation & Team Spirit | Untiring Effort for Improvement | Courtesy & Humility | Adaptability | Gratitude 

What we offer: 

At Panasonic Avionics Corporation we realize the most important aspect of leading our industry is the bright minds behind everything we do. We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive, comprehensive, and flexible benefits program. 

  • Salary Range 143900-184900
  • We offer flexible remote work options depending on your role. Where possible, we offer fully remote or hybrid work opportunities. 
  • Paid time off: Exempt Salaried employees receive unlimited PTO. This means that there is no fixed number, range, or limit to the amount of Personal and Vacation Days that may be taken for exempt employees. Non-exempt hourly employees accrue 14 vacation days per year + 7 sick days + 3 personal days. Accrual rate increases with tenure. All employees receive 11 company-paid holidays per year. We also close our offices at the corporate level in the U.S. between Christmas and New Year. For operational positions that are expected to work on holidays, we provide additional compensation for hours worked. 
  • Health Insurance: Medical insurance offerings from Aetna and Kaiser (CA &HI). Options for Employee Only, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Children, or Family. Dental PPO and DMO options & Vision insurance through EyeMed or VSP.  
  • 401K with 50% match on up to 8% contribution, full vested from day 1 
  • Other offerings include: Wellness Program, Counseling services, FSA & HSA, Life Insurance for employee, spouse, and child, AD&D Insurance, Long-term and Short-term Disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Legal Assistance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Dependent Care FLSA, Education Assistance, Commuter Program, Employee Purchase Program, Service Award Program. 

All applicants are subject to Company policies, third-party customer and worksite requirements, and government requirements, regarding vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19.  Where permitted by applicable law, applicants may be required to be fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment,unless they are eligible for and obtain an exemption based on areasonable accommodationbecause of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. While the Company strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations, it may require vaccination and/or testing for positions in which third-party customers, worksite, or government requirements apply, in accordance with applicable law. At those locations where requirements apply, exemptions will be considered based on applicable law. 

Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety-sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Avionics Corporation. 

REQ: REQ-138473 Engineering

  • Irvine, CA, United States
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