Manufacturing Engineer

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WindBorne Systems is supercharging weather models with a unique proprietary data source: constellations of next-generation smart weather balloons targeting the most critical atmospheric data. Our long-term vision is to eliminate weather uncertainty, and in the process help humanity adapt to climate change, be that predicting hurricanes or speeding the adoption of renewables. The founding team of Stanford engineers was named Forbes 2019 30 under 30 and is backed by top investors including Khosla Ventures.

WindBorne is looking for a Manufacturing Engineer to support maintaining, optimizing, and developing our production as we scale from producing tens of units a month to producing hundreds and eventually thousands. You will play a critical role in increasing manufacturing output without diminishing quality, troubleshooting & providing technical support on the production line while working closely with our Electrical Engineering team. This covers areas including test system troubleshooting, PCB troubleshooting, reliability, and quality.

We're dedicated to both mitigating climate change and helping humanity adapt to its effects as fast as possible, and you can be a part of our mission to make this global societal impact. If you like the idea of working on cutting edge technology, and working with a fast moving team, WindBorne is the place for you.

Image of a WindBorne balloon
Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere
Balloon flight paths from over 500 flights conducted by WindBorne

Roles and responsibilities

  • Track failure rates and determine types of failures of incoming PCBAs and mechanical assemblies
  • Identify manufacturing issues with boards and assemblies, and provide suggestions to improve manufacturability
  • Respond to failures on the production line. Troubleshoot and determine if further mechanical, electrical, or firmware engineering assistance is required.
  • Implement new procedures and set up manufacturing stations
  • Update test fixtures when required
  • Inspect units returned from the field. Assess potential trends that range from shipping defects through launch failures
  • Place orders for new boards and assist with IC supply chain management

Skills and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • 2+ years experience in an electronics manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on experience troubleshooting circuit boards and electronic assemblies
  • Familiarity with standard electronic test equipment (multimeter, oscilloscope, power supply, etc.)
  • Ability to understand electro-mechanical system design and functionality
  • Basic understanding of electrical schematics
  • Basic proficiency with Linux
  • Familiarity with surface-mount soldering
  • Strong communication skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience working within a Digital HQ chat platform, e.g. Slack

Nice to have

  • Manufacturing experience (QC, Design for Manufacturability, etc.)
  • Experience with transitioning hardware from prototype to production
  • Exposure to IC supply chain management
  • Familiarity with PCB and PCBA manufacturing processes
  • Experience with Altium
  • Experience with mechanical CAD and 3D modeling, preferably SolidWorks


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Office food and beverages


Address: 858 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA.

The position is in-person.

What our hardware looks like

Closeup of a WindBorne balloon
Launch rig
Photos taken in Svalbard, Norway, 78°N

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