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Cat Robotics

Job Description:

In the early 1900’s Benjamin Holt replaced the wheels on a steam tractor with wooden tracks bolted to chains in order to allow the tractor to work in more rugged conditions. Watching nearby, a bystander remarked that the machine crawled along much like a caterpillar, and thus Caterpillar’s history began. In roughly 90 years, Caterpillar has transformed the world as a pioneer in the mining, construction, and energy application spaces, leading in development and innovation of disruptive technology. Caterpillar has grown into a world class manufacturer with over $53 billion in sales and revenue in 2019.

Caterpillar is the industry leader in heavy duty industrial autonomous earthmoving solutions and looking to grow on our journey as we continue to bring advanced solutions to meet our customer’s demanding needs. Tired of effortlessly solving your 17x17x17 Rubik’s cube? Millennium Prize Problems a little too easy? Our electro-hydraulic machine automation solutions stretch the boundaries of advanced engineering domains and incorporate some of the highest levels of functionally safe electrical architectures, ensuring the industry best level of quality and reliability for our customers while also maximizing your engineering prowess. Our newly established Cat Robotics team is focused on evolving the state of the art and bringing emerging automation & autonomy technology into the harsh production environment found on typical mining and construction jobsites. You will be joining an elite team with a startup feel, while also having the benefit of a vast network of experienced resources at your fingertips.

The Systems/Electrical/Embedded Engineer is responsible for collaborating with mechanical, software, hardware, and sensor engineers to architect the robot’s electrical and embedded systems.  This includes schematic design, firmware for various systems, wire harness design, and creative thinking for improving hardware performance. This is a very senior level individual contributor position, but with the expectation that this person has a wide range of cross-functional and cross-organizational impact.  At times this includes completely owning and driving new hardware architectures, mentoring other engineers including those outside of the hardware team disciplines.


-Define and manage system architecture for new autonomous vehicles
Hands-on prototype of first prototypes of autonomous vehicle hardware
-Ownership and coordination with components teams for sensors, computing platforms, etc
-Electrical interfacing between systems (i.e. sensor integration, power systems, harnessing, etc)
-Communications hardware selection (antenna hardware, GPS performance, etc)
-Plan and manage execution of integration and system-level testing/validation
-Review deliverables from 3rd party suppliers to ensure system-level requirements are met

Basic Qualifications:

-Bachelors or Master’s degree in engineering
-5+ years relevant work experience
-Experience architecting the computing and embedded systems with many subsystems
-Knowledge in practical systems engineering
-Has created complex systems from the ground up
-Experience deploying firmware/software to a large system
-Experience writing high-level software for interfacing purposes
-Comfortable working on the Linux command line
-Strong intuition for designing digital and analog circuits
-Strong electrical fundamentals
-Capable of self-managing and working within a multi-disciplinary group
-Exceptional organization and communications skills (both written and oral)

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

-Built a mobile robot from scratch
-Familiarity with ROS or other middleware systems
-Familiarity with CAN and Ethernet communication protocols

Additional Information:

-The location for this position is San Francisco CA
-Domestic Relocation assistance is available for this position
-This position may require 10% travel

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