Mechanical Design Engineer

Oakland, CA, United States
8 months ago
Full time role


We are looking for world-class talent to tackle challenging projects that will rapidly power the planet with 100% clean energy. First, ...

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Job Description

We are looking for world-class talent to tackle challenging projects that will ultimately enable our planet to be powered with 100% clean energy. 

First, the good news: Humans have installed a little over 1 TW of cumulative solar capacity over the last 20 years - solar is now the cheapest source of energy generation around the globe.

Now, the challenge: Humans have to build 1 TW of solar capacity every year for the next 30+ years.  We need to build new technology and overhaul the way solar power is designed, developed, and built to make this happen.

And, we need help. We're expanding our team of curious, collaborative, and hands-on engineers and operators. Come own large parts of product, company, or business development and help make our big plans a reality!

About The Role

As a key part of the R+D team you will design robotics and mechanical structures and participate in the development design cycle from concept ideation through first build. This role offers the opportunity to work closely with a cross-functional engineering team with a highly talented group of engineers from varied backgrounds.

The salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 - $120,000 plus stock and benefits. Pay within the range is based on candidate experience, job-specific skills, education, and work location. The target experience for the position is 1 - 5 years


  • Ideate novel solutions to challenging problems - from the system level to individual part design
  • Design and develop automated equipment and mechanical structure, both major changes and from scratch
  • Take on challenging design projects from product development and delivery through conception, design, and assembly
  • Develop system-level requirements
  • Oversee hardware through test and deployment
  • Develop and track to project schedules


  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience in Mechanical, Structural, Mechatronics, or Robotics Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • Experience with CAD
  • Experience designing mechanisms and structures
  • Mechanical system design experience
  • Hands on aptitude – able to dive in and troubleshoot issues
  • Idea generation and execution
  • Desire to work in a startup environment


  • Experience in industry designing and manufacturing parts/assemblies/mechanisms in high quantities
  • Experience in DFM and DFA
  • Experience designing for harsh environments
  • Experience in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with electronic hardware – sensors, actuators, etc.

What We Offer

  • Flexible hours & paid time off that we think you should actually use
  • Stock option compensation
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 401(k)
  • A chance to have an empowered, meaningful, and early role in climate

This will be a great fit if:

  • You have a bias for action and focus on the key work that drives the most impact.
  • You want to solve challenging problems.
  • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself, your team, and partners.
  • You are humble, embrace change, and deliver and receive candid feedback.
  • You are optimistic about the future, and can make tough decisions to help get there.
  • You have high expectations, and coach, develop, and make time to help others.

Planted Solar is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing inclusively, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. However you identify or whatever background you bring with you, please apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

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