Senior/Staff Hardware Engineer

Sonora, CA
Full Time
Mid Level

**Please note that this role requires significant time on project sites in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. For more context on this, see here.

About Kodama

Kodama is a growing, venture capital-backed technology company based in Sonora, CA. We are improving forest thinning operations to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and improve climate resilience. We're tackling this problem end-to-end by automating machinery, optimizing on-the-ground operations, and developing new methods of carbon storage.

The Role

We’re looking for an experienced hardware engineer to own our electro-mechanical systems and drive innovation and productization. 

Ideal candidates have experience with autonomous systems and/or design for rugged environments and enjoy the outdoors, problem-solving, and working with their hands.

As a member of Kodama's early team, you’ll work directly with our CEO (Merritt), CTO (Matt) and will be given significant ownership and responsibility.

What You Will Do 

  • Design electrical enclosures, cable routing, power management, and thermal management for the machine’s compute and sensing. Ensure robust hardware system designs, designing for shock, vibration, and dust ingress
  • Select and calibrate sensors for high reliability in outdoor operation. Design sensor shroudings for impact with trees and branches
  • Work with the software team to design & deploy hardware for autonomous vehicle operation, and the operations team to improve hardware based on feedback
  • Characterize system-level metrics such as latency and connectivity
  • Own our design database and supply chain
  • Develop in-woods test plans and follow company safety protocols during testing and project implementation

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience troubleshooting electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems
  • Extensive experience with CAD software such as SolidWorks, OnShape, or Inventor
  • Ability to design and build cable harnesses
  • Fabrication experience
  • Linux and command line experience
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

Bonus Point Qualifications 

  • Autonomous vehicle experience
  • Work on industrial machinery such as agriculture, defense, or mining
  • Ethernet networking (e.g. IP configuration)
  • Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and Bazel 
  • First Aid / CPR / first responder certifications 
  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Previous experience leading a hardware engineering team


  • Generous stock options. We’re an early-stage company and we want you to benefit from the financial upside.
  • Flexible time off. We’re a small, flexible team. Work hard and take time off when you need it.
  • Health insurance. Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family.
  • Spend time in nature. This role enables you to spend time in national forests!


Note – due to the volume of inquiries, not all applicants will receive a response.


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