Hardware Engineering

HVAC Commissioning & 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 engineers at Plenty are revolutionizing the way humans grow food. We are seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer for our Thermal Systems team to help create the most efficient farms that the world has ever seen.

About Role

As an HVAC Commissioning and Test Engineer on the Thermal Systems team, you will be on-site at new farms bringing online the HVAC and environmental control systems which enable Plenty to grow the world’s best produce. And by ensuring the efficient validation and bringup of new HVAC systems, you will be helping drive prices to a point where our produce will be available to everyone. You will also be assisting in the development of prototype systems used to validate new farm thermal systems. In this role, you will be part of a passionate and dynamic team that is developing new technology from the ground up.

What You'll Do

  • Lead new farm thermal system commissioning for for some of the world’s largest indoor farms
  • Drive root cause analysis and implementation of solutions to system issues drawing on previous HVAC equipment experience and physics based understanding of thermal systems
  • Perform sensor calibration, equipment stress tests and equipment performance validation on industrial chillers, air handlers, fluid coolers and other HVAC equipment
  • Deploy sensors and use data analysis skills to validate air distribution system and plant environment
  • Ensure system uptime and stability before farm is delivered to farm operations team
  • Collaborate with controls and thermal system design team to run validation experiments on new farms 
  • Support prototype construction and test execution during the design phase of new farms
  • Support HVAC operations on existing farm in South San Francisco
  • Travel to new farm construction sites within the US and abroad (~50% travel)

What We're Looking For 

  • Strong background in HVAC, manufacturing equipment, building systems or process systems commissioning, or construction support of new commercial/industrial scale plants and facilities
  • Comprehensive and physics based understanding of existing HVAC technologies
  • Deeply analytical, self sufficient and creative problem solver that can drive to root cause on complex system failures and clearly articulate their findings to others
  • B.S or M.S. in Mechanical, Chemical Engineering or equivalent
  • Exceptionally collaborative

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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