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Principal Mechanical Engineer, Energy Storage

Company: Form Energy, Inc.
Location: Somerville
Posted on: October 20, 2019

Job Description:

About us Form Energy is a small team of passionate people committed to helping the world transition to renewable energy with technology. We are developing a new class of ultra-low cost, long duration energy storage systems to make renewable energy available even when the sun sets, or the wind stops blowing. Form's technology has the potential to transform the electric grid by making renewable energy dispatchable year-round. The company's core technology was invented at MIT and is supported by category leading investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, The Engine, and Prelude Ventures. Our team members are active learners who like working on tough technology problems that can only be solved with a combination of technical innovation and hard work. We are looking for world-class people to help us change the way the world uses energy! Role Description We are looking for a Principal Mechanical Engineer to be responsible for the mechanical design of the core reactor in Form Energy's long-duration energy storage system. This role will focus on converting a conceptual design into a detailed mechanical design with emphasis on design for manufacture and assembly. Further, this role will support other early-stage prototyping efforts across the company. The ideal candidate will have deep experience in mechanical design for production and a high-level of comfort working in multi-disciplinary technical teams. The ideal candidate will also exhibit an ability to creatively solve mechanical design challenges and subsequently impart rigorous design processes to ensure product success. What You'll Do Manage the product development process for Form Energy's mechanical reactor design, moving through the stage gates from concept design to manufacture Drive the reactor design from conceptual design stage to high volume manufacturing readiness: Develop functional mechanical requirements for the reactor in collaboration with chemists, materials scientists, chemical engineers, system engineers, and application experts Propose new and modified reactor designs that achieve functional requirements while meeting stringent cost targets Collaborate with scientists and engineers to inform revisions to the reactor design Integrate Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) into our product development effort Lead Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) for the reactor, incorporating feedback from the entire technical development team Develop and maintain cost models to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the reactor design at large scale production volumes Manage several direct reports, who will aid in reactor design and provide mechanical engineering services across the company Support the design, build, and test of engineering prototypes Collaborate with other engineering teams at Form Energy to define and execute test and validation plans in an effort to advance product development Collaborate with other engineering teams at Form Energy to design test stands aimed at evaluating reactor performance Evaluate prototype performance and inform design revisions using data-driven decision making Build and manage long-lasting, reliable relationships with external vendors and contractors Aid in sourcing capital equipment that aid in reactor design, fabrication, and testing Aid in developing Form Energy's facilities to meet the company's growing needs What We're Looking For BS required (MS preferred) in Mechanical Engineering or similar field 10-15 years of industry experience in mechanical design Direct experience taking a mechanical design through the product development process, beginning with a conceptual design to a manufactured product -- Direct experience managing the release of components and assemblies to external contract manufacturers Experience with design for manufacturing and assembly principles (DFMA) Expert in computer aided design (CAD) across multiple software packages Expert in geometric tolerancing and dimensioning (GD&T) Experience engineering mechanical systems for complex integrated systems (i.e., engines, turbines, reactors, motors, turbomachinery) is a plus Machining, fabrication, and welding experience a plus Characteristics Scrappy and creative problem solver Excellent organization, communication, and presentation skills are required Hands-on approach to engineering problem solving Strong leadership and coaching skills Data-driven decision maker Flexible working style: Can "wear many hats" and jump quickly between projects Enjoys the fast paced, results driven environment of a startup Able to work well in cross-disciplinary project teams and deliver results Drives projects to completion High attention to detail

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