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The Department of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to delivering up-to-date, high-quality courses across a broad range of the discipline to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time graduate students.

These courses are concentrated in five technical areas: (1) design and analysis of thermofluid systems; (2) analysis and control of dynamic systems; (3) robotics and mechatronic systems; (4) mechanical design; and (5) materials engineering. Educational efforts are channeled to expand the skills of prospective and practicing engineers not only in understanding fundamentals, but also in developing competence in analyzing engineering systems. The department offers graduate degrees at the master's, engineer's, and doctorate levels, as well as certificates.


Graduate Internship

Drako Motors, Inc. - Mechanical Intern needed

Drako Motors is a stealth-mode startup currently developing an electric hypercar.
We have an immediate opening for technician/Intern to assist with battery construction at our workshop in San Jose. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, meticulous, organized and can show initiative in a high pressure, fast paced environment. An interest in automotive mechanical and/or electromechanical engineering is essential. You will be surrounded by high performance automotive systems.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Follow instructions and procedures for battery pack construction
• Assist other team members as needed
• Other duties may be assigned
Experience working in a lab with electronics/robotics/sensitive equipment is preferred.

Must be eligible to work in USA
Compensation will be hourly and based on experience.
Hours will be flexible and varied but mostly during regular business hours
Job length 10/2/17 – 12/22/17

May turn into full-time position through 2018 – we will be recruiting Mechanical Engineers to work on battery and chassis systems.

Contact:Alasdair King,, (714) 872-242

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2017-2018

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University is seeking Teaching Assistants for the 2017-2018 Academic Year to assist with the teaching of undergraduate labs & courses.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing & running labs, holding office hours and review sessions, grading lab reports and homework, and performing other duties as assigned by the instructor. 

Preferred candidates will have a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering by Fall 2017 with an excellent academic record.  Candidates with strong hands-on skills and experimental experience are particularly desired.  TA's are also expected to have strong communication skills, to be responsive to e-mails, and to be prompt in meeting deadlines with regard to their duties. 

Each full-time TA will receive tuition & fees up to 8 units per quarter and a stipend for 19 hrs/wk for duties during the quarter, to include time during the week prior to the start of classes as well as during finals week.  The stipend amount for the 2017-2018 academic year has not yet been established, but it is expected to be similar to the 2016-2017 stipend amount, which is $4,000/qtr.  Appointments are made on an academic quarter-by-quarter basis and may not continue automatically for subsequent quarters and/or the following academic year.  In general, TAs are expected to be available during the week prior to the start of each quarter as well as during finals week in order to support course/lab setup/breakdown activities, etc.; furthermore, a required TA orientation/training session is typically held during the week prior to the start of classes in the Fall quarter.

Interested candidates should submit the following items via e-mail to  with the phrase "TA Application" in the e-mail subject line:

1.  A letter of intent indicating your interest in the position and your qualifications for being a good TA.  In this letter, you should identify specific SCU undergraduate laboratory courses in which you have strength and interest as well as those courses for which you would not be well-suited (note that TAs are not expected to have the appropriate strength or preparation to assist with all laboratory courses).

2. A resume (including your valid mailing address)

3. Transcripts, both undergraduate and if available, graduate.  These may be unofficial transcripts from an online account or scans of an official transcript.  Santa Clara University has a letter based grading system with the maximum grade of 4.0 (A); for transcripts using a different numeric system, please provide a document converting grades into a 4.0 base for each course and attach the original transcript.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on April 14, 2017. The review process will start soon thereafter, and position offers are expected to be offered on or about May 12, 2017, pending approval of the positions.  For questions please contact Dr. Chris Kitts (

2017 TA Job Announcement

ME TA Work Policy

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Intuitive is looking for two Mechanical Engineers with experience – a preference of experience in manufacturing or new product transfer (NPI). Additionally, we have an opening for a Senior Manufacturing engineer to work swing shift (late afternoon to midnight).

If interested, please contact Greg Richmond 408.914.1858

Tacuma Systems

2018 Tacuma Systems Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship