Prototype Technician

Whisker is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 500+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

We are seeking a motivated and hands-on individual to join our team as a Prototype Technician. The ideal candidate will possess a basic understanding of power tools and a genuine passion for building things. The role involves not only the construction of prototypes but also maintaining a clean and organized shop environment. We value a candidate's willingness to learn new skills related to prototype development and their ability to collaborate with cross-discipline team members to achieve common goals. If you thrive in a dynamic environment, enjoy working with your hands, and have a keen interest in bringing ideas to life, we encourage you to apply. Join us in shaping the future of innovation through hands-on prototype development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

  • Fabricates models of new connected pet products using various materials and techniques, ensuring accuracy and quality.
  • Collaborates with design and engineering teams to interpret product specifications and create detailed models that reflect the final product's appearance and functionality.
  • Utilizes hand and power tools, 3D printing machines, CNC machining, and traditional model-making tools to produce prototypes and mock-ups.
  • Participates in part finishing techniques such as bondo application, painting, and sanding.
  • Prioritizes aesthetic appeal while transforming plastic 3D prints into visually stunning models and functional prototypes.
  • Conduct tests and evaluations on models to validate design concepts and identify areas for improvement.
  • Maintains a clean and organized workspace, ensuring that tools and materials are properly maintained and stocked.
  • Stays current on industry trends and advancements in model-making technology to improve processes and techniques continuously.
  • Comfortably handles the removal of plastic 3D prints from machines, ensuring a seamless transition to the finishing process.
  • Occasionally performs repetitive tasks with precision and attention to detail.
  • Will perform additional responsibilities when required 

What You’ll Bring:

  • Associate's Degree and/or equivalent years of experience
  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience, ideally in the development of consumer products
  • Experience as a Prototype Technician, showcasing a self-starter mentality
  • Comfortable with hand and power tools, demonstrating technical proficiency
  • Extensive experience in part finishing techniques, including bondo, painting, and sanding
  • Willingness to perform repetitive tasks with precision
  • Ability to transform 3D prints into aesthetically pleasing and functional prototypes
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
  • Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
  • A high degree of initiative, self-motivation, and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleagues
  • Comfortable with office pets (cats, dogs) 

Not Required but Nice to Have!

  • Operates 3D printers, CNC or other professional machinery at home
  • Not required to have pets but highly recommended! 

Benefits & Perks:

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401K with 4% Match
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Top of the line equipment

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

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