Job Location: Bothell, WA
Modern Electron has an immediate opening for a System Engineer to support the development of our pilot hydrogen generation reactors. In this role you will translate system level requirements into product architecture and component level design, take ownership of the product architecture and system requirements, ensure proper ownership of the requirements for the subsystem and subcomponents, coordinate project tasks among different engineering functions (thermal, mechanical, electrical, chemical), and serve as the product’s technical contact for the R&D, Engineering, and Business Development teams. You will work closely with an internal team and external development partners to develop pilot reactors that meet performance, cost, and schedule specifications.
Modern Electron is a sustainable heat and power technology company backed by Bill Gates. We help people save money, reduce carbon emissions, and increase resiliency during power outages. $70MM venture capital is committed to our vision. We have enormous potential for learning, impact, and growth in a small and collaborative team setting. We value our ability to move fast to outpace larger companies and achieve what they cannot.
- Conduct functional product architecture breakdown and cascade system-level requirements to resulting sub-systems and modules
- Support thermal and mechanical design and verification of subsystems and modules and controls development using first-order hand calculations and system modeling – both steady-state and transient, flow and heat transfer analysis etc.
- Guide the work of and interface closely with multidisciplinary experimental and computational teammates to iterate on designs and validate models
- Develop and execute system integration and verification plans
- Construct and conduct parametric trade-off/optimization studies and communicate results to teammates, business development/sales, and leadership
- Lead the engineering analysis of component and system performance and risks in operation and testing through fault diagnosis and failure analysis
- Lead the engineering analysis to optimize the cost-performance ratio of products
- Support the definition of test programs for laboratory and field pilot systems
- Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field, with an emphasis in the thermal or chemical sciences
- 5+ years of mechanical or chemical engineering experience in an industrial and/or commercial environment
- 3+ years experience in the design and analysis of combustion-related thermal systems, particularly applied to thermochemical reactors
- Deep understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation), fluid mechanics, and/or chemical processes
- Hands-on experience with developing system models & running simulations using both in-house and 3rd-party tools
- Experience with design of experiments and test plan development
- Experience utilizing laboratory and field test data to validate models
- Exposure to Design For Six Sigma and robust design techniques
- Understanding of assembly and manufacturing processes used to produce mechanical hardware products and/or experience with DfM/DfA
- Excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to troubleshoot system issues via an understanding of the interaction between the modules, and conceive and apply creative solutions
- Impeccable written and verbal communication
- Ability and enthusiasm to work as part of a highly collaborative, dynamic, and diverse team
- Knowledge of and experience in high temperature industrial processes
- Experience with high temperature materials and applications above 1000C
- Hands-on experience using CAD tools (SolidWorks preferred) in the creation of complex mechanical models, mechanical drawings, and assembly drawings
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
We are an equal opportunity employer.