Hardware Engineering

Reliability Test 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.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do that. We are an ag-tech company looking for an experienced design engineer who is excited about revolutionizing the world's food systems. Is this you? Then you’ve come to the right place.

About Role

At Plenty, we are building out a team of engineers to tackle problems that reimagine the way humanity grows food. In this role, you will develop reliability test methods, equipment, statistics and reporting methods for our farming hardware.

What You'll Do

  • Design and execute accelerated life tests for PCBA’s, machines, and dynamic mechanical components

  • Design and build reliability test rigs for electrical and mechanical vertical grow hardware

  • Create data logging methods and produce reports using rigorous statistical methods

  • Calculate the effect of thermal, mechanical and electrical loading on expected system life

  • Research, develop and execute chemical compatibility and material suitability tests

  • Build a reliability testing function within Plenty including ownership of test equipment

  • Work with outside regulatory and reliability test houses as needed 

What We're Looking For

  • Demonstrated root-cause analysis of failures in electrical and mechanical hardware

  • Experience reading schematics and mechanical part and assembly drawings

  • Experience implementing data logging equipment for experimentation and test

  • Knowledge of experimental statistics and reliability science

  • Knowledge of safe use of basic hand and machine tools as well as basic electrical testing equipment such as power supplies, oscilloscopes and voltage meters

  • 5+ years of experience in a hardware test role

  • A graduate from a four year engineering program or the international equivalent

  • Nice-to-Have Skills: Experience with testing of embedded systems, experience testing power or lighting hardware, experience with testing to regulatory standards

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.

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