Hardware Engineering

Mechanical Design Engineer, Automation Equipment

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 as highly integrated and aggressively optimized engineered systems and to draw upon experience and strategies from high volume product design (cars, consumer devices, etc). To that end, we are seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer to develop custom automation equipment. In this role, you will apply your skills, experience, and creativity to accelerate humanity’s progression toward a perpetual food system scaled to meet the needs of our growing and changing world. 

What You'll Do

  • Help design and implement custom automation equipment, from initial concept to final commissioning and handoff
  • Your primary job function will be mechanical, but you will be expected to be able to design for integration with industrial robots, and have at least a basic working understanding of industrial controls and robot programming
  • Interact with complex sub-systems and cross-functional teams, including other engineers and plant scientists
  • Emphasis on designing for offsite fabrication and assembly rather than onsite construction
  • Use CAD to develop designs and drawings
  • Prototype designs and design concepts and iterate based on findings
  • Perform root cause analysis of test failures, field failures, or production issues in order to establish containments and countermeasures

What We're Looking For

  • Experience designing custom automation equipment and mechanism design
  • Knowledge of a variety of technologies commonly used in automated equipment (pneumatics, servos, robots, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of industrial robot and PLC programming preferred; experience with non-contact sensing and/or industrial vision systems a plus
  • Ability to work cross-functionally to communicate about technical requirements and features clearly with non-experts
  • Strong hands-on prototyping abilities, and deep experience in solid modeling (Solidworks, Catia, etc)
  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field

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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