Hardware Engineering

Senior/Staff Mechanical Design Engineer, Environmental Skids

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 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. To that end, we are seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer to conceptualize, design, integrate, and deploy the Nutrient System and Thermal System skids. These skids are the size of shipping containers, comprised of pumps, fans, sensors, valves, piping, ducting, filtration, electrical, and structural components. 

Ideal candidates for this role are exceptionally creative and fundamentally strong engineers who may come from either the design of large products or the design of pump skids and HVAC skids. In this role, 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

  • Own full product cycle, from initial concept through to successful product launch

  • Interact with complex sub-systems and cross-functional teams with exposure to structure, devices and lighting, conveyance, air handling, and irrigation

  • Imploy system level analysis to consider trade-offs between function, deployment time, operational costs, and capital  investment

  • Emphasis on designing for offsite fabrication and assembly rather than onsite construction.

  • Use CATIA V6  to develop designs and drawings

  • 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

  • Perform root cause analysis of test failures, field failures, or production issues in order to establish  containments and countermeasures

What We're Looking For

  • BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent)

  • 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 product

  • Experience designing industrial equipment, including the 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

  • Demonstrated success across multiple product life cycles, bringing products to life from concept through production

  • Strong hands-on experience in solid modeling (Solidworks, Catia, etc)

  • Strong understanding of GD&T, assembly and dimensional engineering principles in design

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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