Hardware Engineering

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Structure and Integration

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 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 Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to conceptualize, design, integrate, and deploy mechanical components and assemblies in our primary vertical grow rooms. 

About Role

In this role, you will lead the design of the Vertical Grow Room Structure, the functional spine upon which the rest of the system is built. 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 as you lead the integration of these subsystems into the Vertical Grow Space. Join us and 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

  • Design novel, elegant structures that enable and integrate farm systems, including plumbing, HVAC, mechanical, and electrical
  • Own the full product cycle, from initial concept through to successful product launch
  • Interact with and lead the integration of complex subsystems 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
  • Prototype designs and design concepts and iterate based on findings
  • Work with suppliers and internal collaborators to define manufacturing process for components and subsystems
  • Provide technical guidance and engineering support for construction activities
  • 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 for structurally efficient and integrated designs to harmonize various functions into a product
  • Experience designing with metals and plastics, including 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 in multiple industries, across multiple products types, and multiple product life cycles, bringing products to life from concept through production
  • Strong hands-on experience in solid modeling (CATIA V6 preferred)
  • 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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