Equipment Engineer

Oakland, CA
12 days ago
Full time role


Sila Nanotechnologies is an electronics company that offers new battery materials chemistry. It works directly with leading consumer electronics and ...

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Job Description

About Us

We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world?

Who You Are

You are a self-sufficient, hands-on Equipment Design Engineer with an aptitude for learning new things and completing big, complex projects. You take ownership of your responsibilities from early concept through validation and handoff, while working collaboratively with your teammates across the organization to deliver the best possible outcomes. Your work is thoroughly documented; it’s rare that a question posed to you doesn’t already have the answer written down. You have excellent communication skills and deftly navigate through technical discussions and debates. You’re flexible, not formulaic, in your approach to solving problems.


  • Work collaboratively with teams to support, update, and design machines and subsystems for scaling up first-of-their-kind chemical reactions. This includes mechanical, electronic, plumbing, and automation systems.
  • Using performance data, improve the reliability of current systems. Use this knowledge to build systems, using both in-house design-build teams and outside vendors.
  • Deploy and bring hardware online from the first component to final production handoff. When things break, dig deep to find and permanently resolve the root cause.
  • Develop and perform meaningful, robust unit tests on systems you’ve updated or created.
  • Generate detailed documentation for use by teams throughout a project and after its completion.
  • Gather feedback from end-users of your work and distill into actionable modifications. Iterate.
  • Engage with external parties (fabricators, equipment OEMs, consultants, contractors) and manage complex technical procurements to success.

Knowledge and Requirements

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field and 5+ years of industry experience (fewer for candidates with an advanced degree).
  • Have built, deployed, and supported complex capital equipment involving technical risk and high uptime requirements.
  • Effortless proficiency at designing and generating mechanical parts and assemblies, ideally with SolidWorks 3D and AutoCAD 2D.
  • Deep understanding and proven application of mechanical engineering principles: heat, flow, structures, and materials.
  • Experience with complex automated equipment and familiarity with associated software stacks.
  • Basic electronics and wiring practices knowledge (analog signals, AC and DC power fundamentals, control wiring, and diagnostic tools).
  • Experience with field-deployed electronics, sensors, and actuators.
  • Experience generating outward-facing document packages and working with vendors to get things built.
  • Experience with vacuum, semiconductor, or chemical processing with extreme temperatures, pressures, unforgiving chemistry, and/or critical flows preferred

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis
  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes
  • Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts
  • Move long distances (such as from building to building)
  • Can travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time

Working at Sila

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Sila Nanotechnologies is an electronics company that offers new battery materials chemistry. It works directly with leading consumer electronics and ...

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