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Industrial Engineer

Production | Alameda, CA | Full Time | From $110,000.00 to $150,000.00 per year

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, protect, and preserve 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 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 into the eye of a category 4 hurricane to obtain new data about how storms intensify collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, and counting fish biomass to inform sustainable fishery management, to mapping the ocean floor and reducing 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”, earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, won “Best Tech For Good” in the 2022 Timmy Awards, and were recognized by Andreessen-Horowitz’s American Dynamism 50 list of the “Top 50 companies kickstarting American renewal. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times’ “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

As an Industrial Engineer for Saildrone you will directly support the industrialization and scaling of the Alameda factory to production and service and increasing cadence of drones and sub-components. The ideal candidate possesses material flow, warehouse experience, as well as has experience optimizing the manufacturing process at a detailed assembly level.  This role would report to the manager of Production Engineering.


  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders (facilities, production, hardware engineering, and warehouse) in developing both high level and detailed factory layouts to support future growth and manufacturing planning
  • Help drive layout and space readiness for new equipment installations, including 2D Cad Design
  • Improve our costing models by developing work and implementing manufacturing routings, and establishing cost and labor standards for assemblies/service tasks
  • Drive cross-functional projects on both the factory floor and warehouse to enable efficient material flows both from incoming drones waiting for services, as well as outgoing refurbishment and new component/assembly manufacturing
  • Using Lean Manufacturing best practices, help develop, design, and implement process improvements through standardized work
  • Run Kaizen workshops through operations to improve production and process flow, help drive a culture of continuous improvement
  • Develop standard time for complex operations to help balance work operations and maximize operator efficiency

Required skills and experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant area such as Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • 3+ years experience working hands-on in a manufacturing environment, in a manufacturing/production or shop floor engineering support role
  • 1+ years of 2D CAD (Autodesk) experience
  • 1+ years of material handling/workstation design (2D/3D CAD modeling)

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience with NX/Unigraphics, Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems for component and tooling design
  • Worked with Manufacturing Execution Systems for work instruction deployment  and/or ERP systems (Oracle, SAP, Tulip) for managing Bill of Materials, routings,  and inventory transactions.
  • Factory master planning experience involving collaboration with senior leadership and converting high level plans into detailed layouts and action plans.
  • Facilities engineering a plus, including knowledge of hoist capabilities, HVAC/electrical/network routing, lift tables, etc.
  • Experience working at a Lean Mfg environment
  • Ran or participated in Kaizen workshops.

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. 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 Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


Catch up on the latest news about us:

Interagency Public-Private Partnership Sends Uncrewed Saildrone to Explore Remote Alaskan Waters - NOAA OER (August 11, 2022)

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.

Individual compensation packages are based on geographic location, scope of the role, relevant experience, and the ability to deal with complexity and problem solve within our organization, among other factors

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