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Staff Mechanical Engineer, System Integration

Plenty

Plenty

Other Engineering
Chester, VA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2023

About Plenty

We are on a mission to grow plenty of fresh food for everyone, everywhere. We are building the world’s largest, most technologically advanced, indoor vertical farms. Using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need, our farms are designed to secure our food future.

Our people and teams are how we make our mission possible. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Join us as we rewrite the rules of agriculture, and we’ll bet our berries you’ll be rewarded with innovative and collaborative teammates, a supportive environment, diverse career opportunities and meaningful work.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Staff Mechanical Engineer to join our Systems Integration Team. The Systems Integration team is responsible for defining requirements, interfaces, integrated design concepts, and processes at the farm level to ensure subsystem designs successfully integrate into a cohesive production farm that can achieve overarching functionality. In this role, you will define and document farm level requirements, systems interfaces, and integrated system design concepts. This work will enable subsystem design engineering teams and external partners to efficiently drive progress on detailed designs and maximize the performance and sustainability of future farms.

What you'll do

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts from internal teams like plant science, engineering, software and controls, operations, supply chain, program management, and finance as well as external vendors to define critical farm level requirements
  • Collaborate with internal and external subject matter experts to develop integrated farm level designs and document these designs in a farm level design of record summary to enable subsystem engineers and external vendors to execute detailed subsystem and building designs
  • Support detailed subsystem design development by modeling system interactions and contributing to subsystem requirements definition, design reviews, and failure mode and effects analyses
  • Review detailed subsystem designs in the context of the integrated farm design to identify and lead coordinated resolution of clashes and compatibility issues
  • Collaborate with design engineering, research engineering, plant science, and operations teams to develop test plans for prototype and research grow spaces to validate and de-risk the performance of integrated systems
  • Communicate systems integration insights and tradeoffs to internal and external teams to drive robust decision making

What you'll bring to the table

  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling with SolidWorks. Experience with large scale integrated CAD models in Revit or similar
  • Experience developing integrated designs for complex electromechanical systems
  • You’re highly collaborative and thrive at listening to and capturing input from people outside your area of expertise
  • You’re great at communicating complex technical concepts as well as high level strategy and tradeoffs across disciplines and teams
  • Experience designing systems that interface with biological processes or other disciplines with complex, non-deterministic relationships and interdependencies

Type of role

Full-Time; Hybrid

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • Ensure equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply