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Hardware Engineer, Exploratory Projects at Motional

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In partnership with commercial and functionally-organized engineering teams, Motional’s Technology Strategy team leverages broad technical expertise in autonomous transportation to identify opportunities, prototype solutions, and produce market pursuit proposals related to new applications of Motional’s autonomous vehicle technology. Much like an early-stage startup, the team’s philosophy emphasizes rapid prototyping and learning by doing.  By developing and executing pilot activities in close coordination with market analysis and product definition work, the team helps define Motional’s mid- and long-term technology strategy for new product applications.

This hands-on technical role will play a key part in a small engineering team that modifies hardware and software as required for pilot activities. In addition to adapting components from existing applications to work for prototypes, and developing brand new capabilities needed for new applications, they will work with Motional’s product managers, architects, and engineering leaders to influence and plan future company-wide development work.  They will support the development of market pursuit proposals, including detailed technical feature lists as well as estimates of cost and effort required, that will chart the course for Motional to deliver new products to market.

The Motional Pittsburgh office is located in the new Hazelwood Green development at 4734 Second Avenue, a culmination of the city's goal of restoring an economic driver to the neighborhood in a thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable way. With views along the Monongahela river, the Pittsburgh office is in the heart of this new state of the art development. 

What You'll Be Doing

  • Contributing to architectural, commercial, and technical pilot project proposals for review and approval by Motional senior leadership
  • Developing hardware, such as user interfaces, integration with robotic systems, and component integrations, needed to adapt Motional’s expansive technology stack for use in pilots and proof-of-concept demonstrations, and supporting the execution of those pilots
  • Interacting with customers, partners, and subject matter experts to inform and support development work
  • Helping to define the commercial and technical roadmap for new technology applications
  • Supporting hiring of motivated, flexible, and innovative team members

What We're Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering or equivalent field, or commensurate professional experience
  • 5+ years relevant professional experience, preferably in complex HW/SW environments such as robotics or autonomous vehicles
  • Soft skills that promote effective teamwork, including empathy, influencing without authority, low ego/”not invented here syndrome”, and the ability to build trust with your team, peers, and senior leadership
  • Ability to quickly orient to complex systems and navigate changes required to adapt to new needs
  • Ability to thrive in early-stage, ambiguous technical environments needing creative, efficient solutions, including a willingness to tackle any technical task required to move a project forward
  • Experience delivering tangible results despite obstacles
  • Strong communication skills suitable for executive and customer audiences

Bonus Points (not required)

  • Experience in L4 vehicle autonomy, robotics, or a related automation field, particularly working closely with software and systems engineers in safety-critical applications
  • Experience with systems engineering disciplines, including requirements management, failure mode analysis, root cause analysis, and similar
  • Experience planning and estimating large, uncertain development projects

Why You Should Join Us

Members of the Technology Strategy team have an outsized influence on Motional’s impact on the self-driving industry. By scouting ahead and providing a rough map of the technology strategy to pursue new opportunities, team members influence the decisions of Motional’s senior leadership and the trajectory of the company as a whole.  

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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What are Motional Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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An Insider's view of Motional

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

For the past 15 months we've been a remote organization, hiring 450 remote team members across our global organization. We recognize as we start our return to normalcy, we must remain flexible and continue to evolve, understanding that balance is essential. There is a conscious, respectful and phased out approach being made by each team leader.


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