Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Design/Engineering Pasadena, California


Position at Point Load Power

The Company:

Point Load Power is creating cost-effective photovoltaic solar power solutions, enabling business owners to generate power at the point of use. Specifically through our PV Booster tracker and Heliopoint software, we maximize the energy output and economics of PV assets. We use innovative mechanical, electrical, and algorithmic designs to maximize the sun’s energy for commercial and industrial markets.


Position Purpose:

The Mechanical Engineer position is responsible for the mechanical design of the PV Booster tracker. The position ensures that the tracker is designed to meet the requirements of the customers, installers, and permitting authorities while also meeting internal product cost targets.


Key Position Accountabilities:

Mechanical Design – Hold the design responsibility for all mechanical components of the tracker. This includes stamped steel structural components, die cast aluminum structural components, injection molded plastic gears and housings, and other mechanical attachment features.

Requirements Compliance – Own and track the mechanical requirements associated with the tracker and ensure the design complies with those requirements. This includes both performance requirements as well as business requirements such as cost and value engineering.

Analysis – Analyze the tracker design for compliance to requirements using various analysis tools including FEA stress analysis and other spreadsheet based calculations.

Supply Chain Support – Working with Supply Chain Manager, perform design for manufacturing and assembly work to reduce tracker costs based on supplier feedback. Support the evaluation and selection of suppliers.

Testing Support – Working with the test engineer, support the testing of mechanical components in the tracker.

Field Support – Support customers and installers by creating design, permitting, installation, and maintenance documentation for the tracker product. Train new installers in proper methods of installation. Support the troubleshooting of tracker hardware installed in the field either remotely or in-person as needed.

R&D – Develop new hardware features and functionality to support continued innovation in the product line.


Requirements:

BS degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or related field with a minimum of 6 years work experience in a similar role.

Experience designing hardware for high production volumes (greater than 50,000 unit per year).

Experience with DFMA and a variety of manufacturing processes (i.e. injection molding, die casting, powder metal sintering, machining, stamping, roll forming, extruding, PCB & PCBA, general final assembly).

Experience with Solidworks or similar CAD software, Solidworks PDM or similar PDM software, and Arena or similar PLM software.

Basic fabrication and assembly skills including operation of basic hand tools, drill presses, grinders, band saws, manual mills and manual lathes.

Position may occasionally require physical activities including climbing ladders, stooping to work on equipment installed low on rooftops, and lifting and carrying loads of 40 lbs. or more.

Passion for startup company style, hands-on, engaging work to get the job done.

Strong communication and organizational ability.


Desirable Experiences:

Direct experience with PV tracking or fixed rooftop racking.

Experience designing UL listed products.



Point Load Power, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.