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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Arista Networks

Arista Networks

Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Company Description

Arista Networks is an industry leader in data-driven, client-to-cloud networking for large data center, campus and routing environments. What sets us apart is our relentless pursuit of innovation. We leverage the latest advancements in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and software-defined networking to provide our clients with a competitive edge in an increasingly interconnected world. Our solutions are designed to not only meet the current demands of the digital landscape but to also anticipate and adapt to future challenges.

At Arista we value the diversity of thought and perspectives that each employee brings to the table. We believe that fostering an inclusive environment, where individuals from various backgrounds and experiences feel welcome, is essential for driving creativity and innovation.

Our commitment to excellence has earned us several prestigious awards, such as Best Engineering Team, Best Company for Diversity, Compensation, and Work-Life Balance. At Arista, we take pride in our track record of success and strive to maintain the highest standards of quality and performance in everything we do.

Job Description

What You’ll Do

This position reports to the Mechanical Engineering Manager and is responsible for the mechanical design of the next module or the next chassis that we bring to market. Arista produces switches with a high number of ports per rack unit. This creates challenges in mechanical design. You will be faced with the usual requirements, like structure, cooling, EMC, safety, manufacturability, cost, appearance, tolerances, documentation, conforming to a family of existing products, along with tight schedules. In each project you will work with a cross functional team to ensure that the end solution is brought to market quickly and meets our customer's needs.

  • Explore solutions suggested by team members and add new solutions that blend all of the requirements.
  • Implement the selected design using Creo 3D CAD and provide all the necessary drawings, critical to function dimensions and 3D files to allow the design to be prototyped and manufactured.
  • Schedule and manage peer and cross functional team reviews of your design and participate in reviews of other engineers designs.
  • Structure bill of materials (BOM), release and change the product using product lifecycle management tools (Agile).
  • Provide 3D models to be used in thermal simulations.
  • Provide PCB design drawings and 3D files to the ECAD design team. Work with the electrical engineer and PCB layout to address placement concerns. Check the final design of the PCB.
  • Work with CMs and suppliers to address any DFM concerns they have.
  • Work in the lab to check prototypes against the 3D MCAD design and debug design issues.
  • Communicate manufacturing issues found in the lab to the CM.
  • Some travel to suppliers to troubleshoot issues or to help expedite a build is required.
  • Participate in cross-functional team meetings to resolve production sustaining issues.


  • BS, MS, or PhD in Mechanical Engineering + 7 years’ experience.
  • Relevant experience in mechanical design of computer/network equipment designed to operate in data centers is preferred.
  • Experience in ECO, BOM and Deviation processes, (Agile experience a plus).
  • Experience using ProEngineer (PTC Creo) is a plus.
  • Experience with Mechanica (PTC Creo Simulate) a plus.
  • Experience with thermal simulation and air flow testing is a plus.
  • Experience with liquid cooling systems a plus.
  • Experience designing sheet metal parts using soft and hard tooling guidelines.
  • Plastic part design for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses.
  • Familiarity with PDMLink (PTC Windchill) a plus.
  • Hands-on experience with tests (shock, vibe, EMC etc.) is a plus.
  • Ability to lift weight upwards of 50 pounds
  • Fluent in English

Compensation Information:

The new hire base pay for this role has a salary range of $120,000 to $176,000. Arista offers different pay ranges based on work location, so that we can offer consistent and competitive pay appropriate to the market. The actual base pay offered will be based on a wide range of factors, including skills, qualifications, relevant experience, and work location. The pay range provided reflects base pay only and in addition certain roles may also be eligible for discretionary Arista bonuses and equity. Employees in Sales roles are eligible to participate in Arista’s Sales Incentive Plan, which pays commissions calculated as a percentage of eligible sales. US-based employees are also entitled to benefits including medical, dental, vision, wellbeing, tax savings and income protection. The recruiting team can share more details during the hiring process specific to the role and location.


Additional Information

Arista Networks is an equal opportunity employer. Arista makes all hiring and employment-related decisions in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or any other factor determined to be unlawful under applicable federal, state, or law law. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.