Technical Associate

Optimus Ride, Various Locations


About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle startup working to enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. Our mission is to transform cities and pave the way for a more sustainable future through the introduction of self-driving technologies.

Optimus Ride headquarters are located in the Boston Seaport District. Our team hails from a diverse set of backgrounds, and cumulatively has decades of experience building self-driving vehicles, electric vehicles, manufacturing robots, surgical robots, autonomous drones, underwater robots, and more. We aim for a highly collaborative, hands-on, and open environment where peers learn from each other while building technologies for real-world environments.

Transportation is for everyone, and we create a better product when our team reflects our users. We constantly strive for a culture where under-indexed groups are welcome and can flourish.

The Role
The Technical Associate will be the designated technical lead on the shift that they are assigned to. They will be the first point-of-contact for any hardware or software related issues. Technical Associates will collect all issues from staff, evaluate them to the fullest extent possible, report issues directly to the appropriate engineering team members, and track the status of issues to ensure they are addressed in a timely manner.

Additionally, this role will have exposure to several different facets of an autonomous mobility service operation. For example, Associates will also perform all on- and off-vehicle operations required for successful service.

There will be a Technical Associate for each deployed site and on each shift (AM / PM) of the 12 hour weekday service operation. Technical Associates will report directly to the Market Manager.


  • Reporting to assigned site during designated shift (AM or PM)
  • Prepare the vehicle software for driving (software updates, sensor calibration, etc.)
  • First responder to any technical issue, hardware or software
  • Basic debugging of any issues to the best of their capabilities
  • Reporting technical issues to the appropriate engineering team members and thoroughly documenting any failures
  • Interfacing with field service engineers, both in person and remotely, and coordinating any remote debugging efforts as suggested by engineering team
  • Coordinating any additional testing required to help evaluate technical issues
  • Tracking technical issues to ensure they are addressed
  • Performing minor hardware fixes and changes including sensor installation and calibration


  • Previous experience as a tester
  • Demonstrated strong technical computer skills throughout training and service operations
  • Comfort with basic debugging tasks and familiarity with Linux operating environment
  • Strong command line interface skills
  • Hands-on experience of some kind; artistic, automotive, industrial, etc.
  • Ability to recognize and track both hardware and software issues
  • Excellent team member - punctual, reliable, and honest


  • Degree or experience in IT
  • Familiarity with Git
  • Knowledge of a compiled or interpreted language (C, C++, Java, Python, etc.)
  • Experience debugging custom computer and sensor networks
  • Previous experience maintaining cars (professionally or personally)
Optimus Ride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Benefits and Working Environment
At Optimus Ride, we strive to support our employees by offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and a world class working environment that is centered around the team. We nurture creativity and provide expansive opportunities for growth and development.

About Optimus Ride

Optimus Ride Inc. is an MIT spinoff company based in Boston, MA that develops technologies to enable efficient, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. We are designing a fully autonomous (level 4) system for electric vehicle fleets. We combine over 30 years of interdisciplinary university research in self‑driving technologies (DARPA Urban Challenge), electric vehicles (CityCar), and Mobility-on-Demand Systems. The team includes a decade of industrial and entrepreneurial experience that combines manufacturing robots, urban design, and shared vehicle fleet management.

Optimus Ride

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