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Staff Mechanical Engineer (Contract)

Role: Temporary

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 the Nutrient Systems subgroup of our Engineering team.  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 and the supporting equipment as highly integrated and aggressively optimized engineered systems.  In this role, you will conceptualize, design, integrate, and deploy the Fluid System process equipment as packaged skids. These skids are the size of shipping containers and comprised of pumps, fans, sensors, valves, piping, ducting, filtration, electrical, and structural components.
You are an Ideal candidate for this role if you are exceptionally creative and fundamentally adept with experience in either the design of large products or the design of pump skids and HVAC skids. You will play a central role in our broad and vertically integrated engineering team, closely collaborating with structural, thermal, electrical, controls, automation and software teams. Your design in collaboration with these teams will enable us to build the most efficient farms ever created and deploy them quickly and inexpensively throughout the world, accelerating humanity’s progression toward a perpetual food system scaled to meet the needs of our growing and changing world.

What you'll do

  • Read and understand Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s) as well as assembly drawing
  • Partner with Construction Teams onsite to respond to design questions as well as verify system construction meets design requirements
  • Create as-built drawings
  • Write preventative and reactive maintenance instructions based on information pulled from equipment manuals
  • Develop spare parts lists based on bills of materials and P&ID’s
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team to hand off maintenance instructions and spare parts lists

What you'll bring to the table

  • Experience or education equivalent to a B.S. (or higher)  in Mechanical Engineering or similar field
  • Hands on experience with new facility bring-ups
  • Extensive experience with product release 
  • Exposure to fluid handling systems
  • Proven track record of great collaboration with Commissioning and Operations teams

Type of role

Contract; Onsite 

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical benefits after 90 days and in-office gyms 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new products 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 
  • Sick leave & holidays; we offer 24 hours of sick leave and double pay for any holidays worked 

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
  • Ensure equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply