Manufacturing Engineer

South San Francisco, CA
At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

About Role

The Engineering Team at Plenty is on a mission to redesign the way humanity grows food. In order to satisfy the world’s nutritional needs, we make high quality produce available and accessible to everyone. Our goal requires us to reimagine traditional farming by drawing upon technologies and methodologies from high volume manufacturing. We are seeking a Manufacturing Engineer to design and implement automation equipment and production processes in our farms. In this role, you will work as part of a highly motivated, experienced, and creative team to build new kinds of farms--delivering the world the produce it needs now and into the future.

What You'll Do

  • Determine equipment and process requirements via cross functional relationships

  • Develop new production equipment and processes for our farms

  • Ensure processes and equipment are designed for food safety via material selection, geometry review, and collaboration with Food Safety teams

  • Design the layout of production workstations and assembly lines

  • Author automation equipment specifications and manage external equipment vendors and integrators to deliver made-to-order and custom equipment

  • Write equipment specifications for in-house automation development teams and collaborate with those teams to deliver custom automation equipment

  • Develop acceptance testing documentation for internally and externally built equipment

  • Design, procure, and deploy manufacturing automation equipment with the support of in-house automation equipment designers and outside equipment integrators and suppliers

  • Work with controls engineers and software teams to integrate equipment to our customized data systems

  • Perform labor and throughput calculations for commissioning and steady state operations

  • Characterize and validate new equipment and fixtures using metrology data and process control principles

  • Define critical process control parameters and material traceability requirements

  • Support the hand off of validated equipment to the operations team

What We're Looking For

  • Direct experience leading automation equipment and production process projects through full design lifecycle and implementation

  • Track record of outstanding collaboration with operations teams

  • Experience with statistical process control and many examples of data driven process problem solving

  • Experience defining manufacturing system requirements for new production processes

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Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar & 2- 4 years industry experience in manufacturing engineering, advanced manufacturing engineering, manufacturing system engineering, technical program management or similar
 
OR 4-5  years industry experience in manufacturing engineering, advanced manufacturing engineering, manufacturing system engineering, technical program management or similar

About Plenty

Plenty is here to change the way people eat, making extraordinary flavor and nutrition more available in a way that's better for people and the planet. We build farms that can put craveable flavor first while delivering exceptional yields. And our produce is always pesticide-free and grown using less than 1% of the land and 5% of the water of outdoor farming.