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Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing | 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 designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We work with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping out 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 selected as one of the "Forbes Top 10 Wonders of 2021", as well as the Smithsonian Institute's "Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2021", 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 and St. Petersburg, FL 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

We are seeking a hands-on Senior Manufacturing Engineer to help in the creation and productionizing of components, mechanisms and assemblies for our existing and under development vehicles.  

As a Manufacturing Engineer at Saildrone you will be bringing a fresh perspective to engineering problem solving. You will use your interpersonal skills to help accelerate hardware creation and increase the quality of rapid turnaround designs while ensuring design intent isn’t lost when development transitions to production. 

As one of the first members of a dedicated Manufacturing Engineering team, you will have the unique opportunity to help create clean slate processes, specs, templates and workflows using your previous experiences to help maximize design and production efficiency.

Our small, close-knit team offers leadership visibility and the chance to have a direct impact on the hardware we sail around the world to collect first-in-class data. You will be a part of a team of talented individuals who are just as passionate about supporting one another as they are about our planetary mission. Honesty and the ability to accept feedback are critical, as are a sense of humor and the general ability to have fun!

Required skills and experience

  • Experience in a fast paced, iterative design environment within marine, automotive, aerospace or similar industries

  • Very comfortable with assembly structures, composites and weldments. Strong understanding of basic manufacturing processes (Welding, CNC machining, bolted joints, bonding, sheet metal work etc.) as well as their individual strengths/weaknesses

  • Ability to identify where new tooling or custom processes will have the largest impacts on production efficiency and be able to quickly define solutions to close those gaps

  • Good grasp of 3D CAD software such as NX, Solidworks, Fusion 360, Catia etc.

  • Good understanding of GD&T and the ability to create/ check engineering drawings and BOMs

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

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience with NX and TeamCenter

  • Good understanding of GD&T and the ability to create/ check engineering drawings and BOMs

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing or similar engineering field

  • At least 5 years professional experience in a manufacturing/ production engineering type role

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 paternity / maternity programs

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


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