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Production Engineer

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.


This role includes:

  • Working directly with R&D engineers on building first prototypes to understand the product and give producabilty feedback.

  • Work in partnership with manufacturing engineers to create assembly and test procedures, and work with production teams on technician training.

  • Design production floor space and assembly areas to meet capacity requirements.

  • Engage with outside vendors for material and parts ordering

  • Work with inventory and purchasing teams to build material pipeline and processes

  • Coordinate with engineering to implement testing and quality control procedures.

  • Implement change orders and build deviations, and track implementation.

  • Investigate and root cause production problems and implement corrective actions

  • Participate in production meetings to monitor progress and implement improvements 

  • Always be prepared and supportive of a rapidly changing work environment


Required skills and experience:

  • 4+ years working in an environment of assembling and testing prototype and/or production level electro-mechanical products.

  • Factory level experience in designing production cells and processes

  • Have created assembly and test documentation and trained technicians.

  • Comfortable working with CAD, PLM and MES software. 

  • Familiar with manual fabrication tools (Mill, Lathe, basic shop tools etc.)

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

  • Leadership skills in training, project management, and issue resolution within teams.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, problem solving, and strong attention to detail.

  • A degree in electronics, mechanics, mechatronics, production or industrial engineering….or comparable industrial experience.


Ideal/Desired skills and experience with:

  • Marine industry fabrication and assembly 

  • Generator/battery storage systems

  • Reliability engineering including statistical process control, fault tracking, yield improvement


 

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'.

Benefits:

  • 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:

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.

 

Any unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles submitted through our website or to personal email accounts of employees of Saildrone are considered property of Saildrone and are not subject to payment of agency fees.


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