Lead Mechanical Automation Engineer

  • Hardware
  • Bellevue

We are Fresh. Together let’s build the future. With partners and clients, we practice strategy, design, development, and engineering to harness the power of technology and create what’s next.

Our cross-disciplinary approach blends human ingenuity and technology, empowering us to meet uncertainty with confidence. What got us to today won’t get us to tomorrow, so we test our assumptions and always strive for growth. From the products we build to the partners we collaborate with, we believe people make the difference.

And we do so as a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Why join Fresh?
Fresh Consulting is a fast-paced, design-led, software development and hardware engineering company, offering end-to-end services to help companies innovate. We bring together amazing UX Designers, sophisticated developers, digital strategists, and top-notch engineers to help companies create fresh experiences that connect humans, systems, and machines. We’ve been growing fast and need someone to help us continue to manage the delivery of high-quality work in a fast-paced environment. See more at freshconsulting.com.

What you’ll be doing?

The Lead Automation Engineer is responsible for successfully designing and developing high-value automation projects involving robotics, machine vision, servo systems, linear actuators, pneumatics, and unique processes. The Lead Automation Engineer will provide principal engineering work while providing leadership at the team level. This leadership will broadly cover the process from concept to installation and ramp-up, with a focus on scope control and quality control. The Lead Automation Engineer will report to the Director of Automation and will be responsible for on-time delivery to specification within the cost expectations defined by the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Project Management team to provide accountability and ensure delivery to cost, schedule, and quality targets
  • Interact with customers to manage scope and deliverables
  • Provide technical leadership to manage project scope, ensure best practices at the detail level, and ensure design quality
  • Act as the principal project engineer, providing conceptual and detailed work product
  • Promote a safe and ethical workplace to deliver equipment that meets all company, state, and federal requirements for the same
  • Collaborate within Fresh Consulting to ensure a successful team-oriented work environment
  • Alert senior management of any deviations from the agreed plan that might significantly impact cost, schedule, or quality

We Want You To Have:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the following:
    • Standard shop practices for CNC machining, welding, and other custom part manufacturing processes
    • ANSI Y14.5-2009, including geometric tolerancing
    • Engineering materials commonly used in automated machinery
    • Industrial robotics and EOAT design
    • Part feeder technologies and design
    • Transfer system technologies and design
    • Tooling, fixturing, and gripping principles
    • Manufacturing process development for automation
    • Solidworks and Solidworks PDM
    • Precision weldment fabrication process and constraints
  • Familiarity with common automation processes, methods, and technologies including the following:
    • Laser welding, ablation, and soldering
    • Machine vision for robot guidance
    • Machine vision for inline part inspection
    • Automated dispensing technologies
    • Plastic joining methods
    • Advanced sensors, such as laser distance and laser profile sensors
    • Common fabrication processes such as milling, drilling, and sawing
    • Linear and rotary servo systems
  • Experience modeling complex mechanical systems using Solidworks
  • Possess highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact within both engineering and operational environments, and with both clients and suppliers
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, motivated and self-directed
  • Competent with Microsoft Office Suite


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering with 5-10 years of relevant experience in the automation field
  • Advanced degree a plus

We’re big believers in empowering our team to do their best work by offering:

  • High integrity, values-driven Executive Leadership Team
  • Competitive salary and benefits plan
  • HSA / HRA Options to Medical Plans
  • Employee Insurance premiums paid by Fresh
  • Competitive time-off plans
  • Wellness program
  • 401K with partial matching
  • Training and development programs
  • Daily catered lunch
  • Partnerships with interesting and engaging clients who align with our values
  • Fun and collaborative work environment with a focus on growth

For Washington-State-based role, the base salary hiring range for this position is $140k to $160k. Compensation offered will be determined by factors such as location, level, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. 


Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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