Principal Mechanical Engineer

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
  • 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

At Form Energy, We are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. Form Energy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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