Robot Destroyer (Test Engineer)

Automata’s mission is to democratise robotics. We create the tools that empower people to automate physical work they should no longer have to do. 

But who is this for? Isn’t automation solved already?
Glad you asked. Automation isn’t solved - far from it. Even in factories where automation is prolific, only 1 in 10 automatable tasks is automated. The rest of the work is done by people - sometimes in inhuman conditions, often for minimum wage, and its always menial. And such physical work isn’t just limited to factories - it's all around us - even in our homes. This is what we’re solving. The challenges that lie ahead of us are unprecedented, and the impact they will have is even larger. The tools we make will redefine what it is to work, and they are for everyone.

And we go all the way in making these tools - we do our own hardware, mechanical, electronics, firmware, front-end, back-end and control system. We even designed our own gearboxes. We’re not easily fazed. We get excited by formidable challenges and take them on if it makes sense. If you can relate to that, you’re in the right place. Read on.

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As a Robot Destroyer at Automata, you will be extremely good at destroying things in a very precise, analytical and methodical way. You’ll spend a large portion of your time breaking what others have built. In order to be successful in this role you will have to constructively criticise other peoples work, communicating your findings in a high level, technical, clear manner. You will have demonstrable experience of taking a complex product like our robot, understanding it’s applications and designing a test plan within the context of time and resources available. 

What will you be doing?
  • Planning and implementing test routines for various electromechanical components
  • Designing & building test benches
  • Structuring your test findings and translate these into requirements documents
  • Growing the test team as additional skill sets are required to destroy our robots

What will you bring to the team? 
  • Experience of testing electromechanical products
  • Know how to design, build and run test benches
  • Knowledge of mechanical engineering with some electronics
  • Experience with test automation applications (LabView, Python, PLCs etc.)
  • An ability to work autonomously and independently, with a proactive approach to the product overview and identifying gaps in testing
  • A sociable demeanour with the ability to communicate at a high level across technical and managerial teams as well as with customers 

Bonus points: 
  • A background in the consumer/home appliance industry

Why us? 
  • Work with a talented, passionate, and diverse team of humans (and robots) democratising robotics and creating the future of work
  • Competitive salary with regular salary reviews, a company backed pension scheme and attractive share options after you pass your probation period
  • The right technology setup for you to succeed in your role; laptop, monitors, software licences, robot assistants etc. 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Company sponsored cycle to work scheme 
  • Access to a free pantry at the office, providing breakfast, healthy snacks and a truly vast variety of hot and cold beverages, oh and we’ve got an ice machine
  • On Fridays we enjoy a team lunch all together, provided by the company, 
  • Friday afternoon beers (and the occasional tray of donuts, if the lunch was too healthy) 
  • Social clubs organised by the team (run/climb/suggest something new!) 
  • Broaden your knowledge of the world and your specific areas of interest through the Automata Book Club 

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