Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Grow Space Construction and Deployment
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.
The engineering team at Plenty is on a mission to completely redesign the way humanity grows food in order to satisfy the nutritional needs of the world by making the highest quality produce available to everyone. Doing so requires us to reimagine farms as highly integrated and aggressively optimized engineered systems, drawing upon experience and strategies in modular construction and large scale infrastructure deployments (warehouses, data centers). To that end, we are seeking a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to lead the concept, design, integration, and deployment of mechanical components and assemblies in our Grow Spaces. You will play a lead role in our broad and vertically integrated engineering team, closely collaborating with structural, thermal, electrical, controls, automation and software teams, with an emphasis on design for manufacturing, design for assembly, as well as design for construction and deployment. In this role, you will apply your skills, experience, and creativity to accelerate humanity’s progression toward a perpetual food system scaled to meet the needs of our growing and changing world.
Type of Role
What You’ll Do Now
Support the deployment of our first full scale farm in Los Angeles, observing the current construction means and methods, and learning the fundamentals of our system architecture
Perform root cause analysis of field failures and production issues in order to establish containments and countermeasures as we ramp up production
Document lessons learned to inform future farm designs
Document deployment procedures to support handoff to Operations and for use in future farm builds
Improve upon existing product designs, with an emphasis on design for manufacturing, assembly, construction, and deployment.
Use CATIA V6 to develop designs and drawings
What You’ll Do Later
Define product modules to support offsite fabrication and assembly with reduced onsite construction.
Drive system level analysis to consider trade-offs between function, deployment time, operational costs, and capital investment
Perform mechanical design, analysis, and validation of components and systems
Prototype designs and design concepts and iterate based on findings
Work with suppliers and internal collaborators to define manufacturing process for components and subsystems
Manage external suppliers to deliver complete products per product requirements
Lead full product cycle, from initial concept through to successful product launch
Lead design of complex sub-systems and cross-functional teams with exposure to structure, devices and lighting, conveyance, air handling, and irrigation
What We’re Looking For
BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent)
5+ years professional experience in design-for-manufacturing and lean manufacturing principles, as well as design-for-construction and familiarity with construction means and methods, with an emphasis on modularity
Outstanding analytical and creative problem solving mindset, with strong drive to harmonize various functions into a product
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to integrate state-of-the-art design and manufacturing methods into product concepts and designs
Significant experience owning projects, including working independently, managing projects with tight timing constraints, leading and completing multiple design engineering projects
Demonstrated success in multiple industries, across multiple products types, and multiple product life cycles, bringing products to life from concept through production
Strong hands-on experience in solid modeling. CATIA V6 strongly preferred.
Strong understanding of GD&T, assembly and dimensional engineering principles in design
Experience in Construction and large assembly shipping, handling, and rigging
Experience with plumbing, electrical, ducting, and structural steel
Food Safety Requirement
Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations.
Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable.
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.