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Electrical Production Technician

Production | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

 We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

You will be a member of our drone Production Team, assembling and testing the electronic subsystems that go into our Saildrone designed ocean going vehicles.

These subsystems will include harnesses, PCBs, cameras, sensors, rudder controls, and battery systems. The job will include harness builds, soldering, wiring, electronics stacking, and mechanical system assemblies.  Following instructions and end of line testing using software installation will be an important function of the role. It may involve a one off build or a small batch. "Assemble and test ten of these systems over the next week" would be a typical work assignment.

You possess hands-on experience with cable builds, soldering, electronics, and preferably some software setup. You may have a degree or certification in engineering, especially electronics, or experience in this field. You certainly have a high attention to detail, and show high quality with hands-on work. You are used to working both independently and with others in a small team. You may have worked in a small manufacturing/production environment before.

You should be able to interpret and follow engineering drawings, wiring diagrams and work instructions, as well as write them for others to follow. You are well organized around your workspace with inventory and tools. You take pride in building things of high quality and seeing them work. You like being part of a team that is building new and exciting things.

Required skills and experience

  • 2+ years of experience with the ability to demonstrate knowledge in electrical and mechanical assembling.

  • Experience in assembling harnesses and electro-mechanical systems.

  • Crimping, soldering, and general cabling experience.

  • Troubleshooting and testing experience to qualify R&D or production builds. 

  • Demonstrate that you work to a high degree of quality and good speed.

  • Ability to read and follow work instructions, engineering assembly drawings, and bills of materials.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to both work independently and also in teams.

  • Working onsite in our Alameda HQ

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience in building new product prototypes.

  • Fabrication experience: mill/lathe work, welding, or general machine shop experience.

  • Simple software experience: Linux command line work, file transfers, software setup.

  • Experience writing work instructions and process documentation.

  • Experience managing inventory.


Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

  • Enhanced Paternal Leave Programs

  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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