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General Electric Research Engineer- Mechatronics in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

As a Research Engineer-Mechatronics in the Mechanics and Design Organization, you will work with the engineering team in the design, analysis, testing, and validation of mechanical systems for wide range of applications. Application areas include power generation and storage, electric machines and drives, healthcare diagnostic systems, inspection/repair robotics, and propulsion systems.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Execute machine design projects, electromechanical systems, mechanical linkages, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, in the power generation, propulsion and/or healthcare sectors.

  • Work in the design, selection, analysis, system integration, and testing of robotic manipulators, sensors, actuators, controllers, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and electromechanical systems, including conceptual design, detailed design, testing, validation, and product implementation.

  • Work with other support functions and/or external suppliers to meet project deliverables.

  • Prepare and participate in project and technical reviews.

  • Provide expertise to help resolve technical challenges across the organization.

  • Collaborate in the development of internal and external project proposals and initiatives.

  • Provide technical guidance and direction across the group to grow overall technical capability and product knowledge in technical focus areas.

  • Provide technical development across the organization through effective coaching/mentoring.

  • Foster a multidisciplinary and inclusive team environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MS with a minimum of 3 years of industrial experience in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, or Applied Mechanics in mechatronics, mechanical design, or machine design. Experience in machine design projects including electromechanical systems or pneumatic and hydraulic systems in the power generation, propulsion and/or healthcare sectors.

  • Experience with the design, selection, analysis), fabrication and testing of electromechanical systems (e.g., robotic manipulators, hydraulic/pneumatic circuits, mechatronic sensors, and actuators) including conceptual design, detailed design, fabrication, testing, validation, and product implementation.

  • Experience with product design constraints, manufacturing techniques and material processing selections in machine design.

  • Experience in conceptual design, build up and validation of integrated electromechanical machines or systems incorporating new or experimental technology.

  • Experience in conceiving, developing, and carrying out experiments in mechatronic systems and transferring component level tests into full scale hardware solutions.

  • Experience in designing, building, testing, and troubleshooting mechanical and mechatronic systems, including hardware and control software.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Execution mindset and sense of urgency.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work across all functions/levels as part of a team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a global team environment.

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals at the master’s level for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Proficiency using 3D solid modeling software (e.g., NX, SOLIDWORKS, Creo).

  • Extensive testing of electromechanical components and systems, data acquisition, data reduction and design validation. Proficiency using LABView, MATLAB, microcontroller data acquisition systems.

  • Experience in system modeling - coupling of fluid, thermal, and structural analyses.

  • Experience in simulation of mechanisms and electromechanical systems. Proficiency in building system models using tools such as Simscape, Adams, MapleSim.

  • Experience in the use of smart structures and materials such as shape memory alloys, electroactive polymers, electro- and magnetorheological fluids, etc. for developing novel actuators and sensors.

  • Experience in building data acquisition and control software using LabView, Arduino, or Raspberry Pi.

  • Experience using MATLAB or other data/graphical analysis tools


  • Because of the specific categories of data handled by GE Research and the structure of our work environment, we are unable to accommodate employment of persons while they are considered nationals of embargoed countries subject to restriction under the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Section 746 et seq. (currently North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Cuba).

  • Please note that citizens of embargoed countries who have either “U.S. person” status under U.S. export control laws or subsequent citizenship from a non-embargoed country can be considered.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes