Forward Deployed Engineer at Gecko Robotics (W16)
Protecting Today's Critical Infrastructure. Informing Tomorrow's.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New York City, New York
About Gecko Robotics

Every year $2 Trillion is spent due to infrastructure failure in the energy sector. Gecko has developed wall-climbing robots and predictive software that dramatically reduce these failures.

We Make products for human-driven analysis of real-world data.

About the role

Who We Are

The mission of Gecko Robotics is to protect today’s critical infrastructure, and give form to tomorrow’s: refineries, power plants, heavy manufacturing facilities, vessels, water storage, and many more. We accomplish this through our robotics platforms in tandem with our enterprise software solutions, creating a virtuous cycle of data acquisition, processing, analysis, and decision-making. Our robots operate in some of the most dangerous industrial environments, collecting data of unprecedented value and magnifying the contributions of human experts, while keeping them out of harm’s way. Gecko is uniquely poised to maximize both the production and the useful life of the assets we rely on to meet the world's energy needs.


Big Data Meets the Real World

Gecko is a robotics company that started out in the hardware-rich world of Pittsburgh but was soon discovered by Y-Combinator and later FoundersFund.  We build robots to go where humans can’t and are now embarking on a new chapter: building a software company inside our robotics start-up to scale and extract value at a level rarely seen in hardware.  We believe there isn’t a bridge, building, powerplant or pipeline that couldn’t benefit from what we are building.  

At Gecko, we are passionate about solving the real and highly challenging problems that face the infrastructure of our lives. We are creative engineers pressing hard where we know there is a much better way.

If these types of projects excite you, we'd love for you to join us.

The Role

Forward Deployed Engineers build our business within the context of a single customer at a time. They seek out valuable problems that hold our customers back. The problems we work on are multi-domain, affecting cashflow, production, safety, and the environment. A Forward Deployed Engineer doesn’t stop at finding problems, but goes on to create solutions and prove their value, owning the process from start to finish. Forward Deployed Engineers, by solving a specific version of the problem for a specific customer, also help to navigate Gecko’s platforms - Gecko’s tools that scale across customers. 

Technologies We Use

  • Python, JavaScript, C++
  • Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services

Our Principles

  • Solve Real Problems: We search for the highest impact problems we can find, we spend a lot of time with our customers to understand their true nature, we come up with new ways, and we don’t quit until we’ve reached impact. 
  • Growth: The problems we work on are hard. No one has yet solved them. We are constantly learning and trying - and that includes learning about ourselves. We are a group who loves to grow - even if it requires hard work to do so.


  • Bachelor’s degree in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Physics or relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with data structures, storage systems, cloud infrastructure, front-end frameworks, and other technical tools.
  • Understanding of how technical decisions impact the user of what you’re building.
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Java, C++, Python, JavaScript, or similar languages.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams of technical and non-technical individuals.
  • Skill and comfort working in a rapidly changing environment with dynamic objectives and iteration with users.
  • Demonstrated ability to continuously learn, work independently, and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness and interest to travel as needed.


NYC Pay Transparency Disclosure:

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $265,000.00 annually plus equity and perks.
This salary range is based on the current available market data, and represents the expected salary range for this role. Gecko Robotics has minimal hierarchy and few titles, but has broad ranges of experience represented within roles. Should you have compensation expectations that exceed these bands, we'd love to hear from you and would welcome you to reach out to further discuss


Gecko's Web Portal is built on Google Cloud Platform, SQL, Python, Javascript, and React. We also use CI/CD tools such as Kubernetes.

Gecko's robots are designed and built in house by our hardware engineering team which consists of electrical, mechanical, and robotics engineers.

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