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Staff Mechanical Design Engineer

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone.  Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.  

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Staff Mechanical Design Engineer to join our Lighting team, part of the broader Devices Engineering team.  The Lighting team designs custom, high production volume, industry leading horticultural grow lights. We focus on energy efficiency, cost efficiency, reliability, and photosynthetic efficiency to provide our plants with the optimal growing conditions to enhance flavor and nutrition at the lowest cost. In this role, you will join a team of engineers to tackle problems that reimagine the way humanity grows food. Doing so requires us to reimagine farms as highly integrated and aggressively optimized engineered systems, and to draw upon experience and strategies from high-volume product design. Plants solely rely on the energy from lighting for growth so this role has a direct impact on the quality and quantity of our yields. 

What you'll do

  • Participate in multiple full product design cycles, from initial concept through to successful product launches in farms across the US and eventually internationally
  • Interact with complex sub-systems and cross-functional teams of engineers, plant scientists, farm operators, and farm maintenance teams
  • Employ system level analysis to consider trade-offs between function, deployment time, operational costs, and capital investment
  • Emphasis on designing for both offsite fabrication and assembly and onsite construction
  • Use CAD (Computer Aided Design) to develop designs and drawings
  • Perform mechanical design, analysis, validation, and reliability testing of components and systems 
  • Prototype designs and design concepts and iterate based on findings
  • Collaborate with suppliers and internal collaborators to define specifications for outsourced design like logistic solutions and/or manufacturing process for components and subsystems
  • Perform root cause analysis of test failures, field failures, or production issues in order to establish containments and countermeasures
  • Travel to farm sites to aid in commissioning and installation <25% time

What you'll bring to the table

  • Education or experience equivalent to a BS (or higher) in Mechanical Engineering or similar field
  • Experience in design-for-manufacturing and lean manufacturing principles
  • Outstanding analytical and creative problem solving mindset, with strong drive to harmonize various functions into a productized solution
  • Experience designing electronic assemblies and metal and plastic components, including manufacturing processes and limitations associated with each
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to integrate state-of-the-art design and manufacturing methods into product concepts and designs
  • Experience owning projects, including working independently, managing projects with tight timing constraints, leading and completing multiple design engineering projects
  • Strong hands-on experience in solid modeling (using programs such as Solidworks, Catia, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of GD&T (Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing), assembly and dimensional engineering principles in design 

Type of role

Full-Time

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K.   If you reside in NYC or Colorado, please send an email to [email protected] to receive compensation info for this role
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Ensure equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable