Assembly & Prototyping Technician



Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Monumental is automating on-site construction with robotics and software. Our mission is to make construction primarily software-defined and work towards a future where beautiful, bespoke buildings are built within a single day with minimal labor.
We’re a small team of generalist engineers that spans a wide spectrum of expertise (mechanical, electrical, software and machine vision) coming from companies like Palantir, Qualcomm, Dyson and Shopify.
We're still in the first days of building the company and this is a unique opportunity to be an early employee in a high-growth, high ambition startup environment. From Day 1, You’ll be able to work with an experienced founding team surrounded by top-tier investors.
You can read a bit more on why we believe you should spend your time working on construction, learn more about our vision and about the company.
About you and this role
We are looking for an assembly & prototyping technician to join our team. You’ll be part of our machine shop team, and working closely with our hardware and software engineering team. Help us bring our robots to life and join our mission to bring automation to the construction industry to create affordable, beautiful, high quality housing for everyone.
This role is a generalist technician role in a small startup environment with a lot of variety. You will be responsible for building prototypes and small production series of our construction robot hardware, including our autonomous ground vehicles, construction cranes, supply systems and end effectors. You will also be helping out with maintenance of our existing fleet of robots.
On a non-technical level, we are looking for someone who loves nothing more than working in a highly collaborative team to solve complex problems and bring novel inventions to the world. You’d thrive in a high pace environment, excited to continuously learn new skills, and love challenging conventional ideas. After doing an assembly, you actively ask yourself how you could do it 10 times faster if you’d have to do it over again.
This role is available both as a full-time or part-time (minimum 24h) contractor (ZZP’er) and as a full-time employee.

What you’ll be working on

  • Fabrication and assembly of R&D prototypes–this could be anything from a new end-effectors we’re testing, an autonomous ground vehicle that can traverse rough construction site, or an entire robotic crane.
  • Maintaining our current fleet of robots: doing occasional health checks on them and ensuring that they are always in great state and ready to be used on site.
  • Help us run our construction robots and build testing rigs in the office, and occasionally join us and the robots on construction sites to help with whatever is needed.
  • Help us improve our designs to small series production: planning and organizing a build, feeding back DFM and DFA changes to the engineering team, and assembling the robots.
  • Promoting and maintaining a safe, clean, and organized working environment.

What we’re looking for

  • You must feel comfortable in sequencing and building assemblies without a large amount of instructions and documentation. You take an efficient and organized approach to assembly projects.
  • Hands on experience assembling parts. We don’t expect any complex machining experience, but you should feel comfortable working with metals and metal tools, e.g. an angle grinder.
  • Determine with the engineering team what checks are required to ensure the assembly is correct and carry them out.
  • High attention to detail. You should be able to do quality spot checks and spot mistakes in your own and your peers’ work.
  • You understand the importance of following procedures when relevant, e.g. bolt selection and tightening torques.
  • Being able to read a bill of materials, organize and collect parts and off the shelf components.
  • Strong communication skills. You are able to sit down with an engineer, look at a design together and discuss how to approach a new build while feeding back improvements to them after finishing a project.
Interested? Get in touch with us: iwanttojoin@monumental.co, and tell us a bit about the most interesting or difficult project you’ve worked on to date.
If you don’t meet all the qualifications here but are excited about Monumental and feel you’d still be able to help us solve difficult problems, do get in touch. We are open to generalists with a demonstrated ability to focus on outcomes and get things done and are comfortable with you learning things as you go along.