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Mechanical Design Engineer

Planted Solar

Planted Solar

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

First, the good news: The world now has over 1.7 terawatts of cumulative solar capacity and solar PV is the lowest-cost source of energy generation worldwide.

The challenge: The world must build 3 terawatts of new solar capacity every year for the next 25 years.

Planted is creating new technology to overhaul how the industry develops and builds solar power resources. And we need help. We're expanding our team of ambitious, curious, and hands-on engineers and operators. Come own large parts of product, company, or business development and help power the world with 100% clean energy.

About The Role

As a key part of the R+D team you will design robotics and mechanical structures and participate in the development design cycle from concept ideation through first build. This role offers the opportunity to work closely with a cross-functional engineering team with a highly talented group of engineers from varied backgrounds.

The salary range for this full-time position is $100,00 - $140,000 plus stock and benefits. Pay within the range is based on candidate experience, job-specific skills, education, and work location. The target experience for the position is 2 - 5 years


  • Ideate novel solutions to challenging problems - from the system level to individual part design
  • Design and develop automated equipment and mechanical structure, both major changes and from scratch
  • Take on challenging design projects from product development and delivery through conception, design, and assembly
  • Develop system-level requirements
  • Oversee hardware through test and deployment
  • Develop and track to project schedules


  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in Mechanical, Structural, Mechatronics, or Robotics Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • Experience with CAD
  • Experience designing mechanisms and structures
  • Mechanical system design experience
  • Hands-on aptitude – able to dive in and troubleshoot issues
  • Idea generation and execution
  • Desire to work in a startup environment


  • Experience in industry designing and manufacturing parts/assemblies/mechanisms in high quantities
  • Experience in DFM and DFA
  • Experience designing for harsh environments
  • Experience in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with electronic hardware – sensors, actuators, etc.

What We Offer

    • 11 paid company holidays and flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Company-paid in-office lunches
    • Stock options
    • Medical, vision, dental, and other benefits
    • Pre-tax commuter benefits
    • 401(k)
    • A chance to have an empowered, meaningful, and early role in climate

    This will be a great fit if:

    • You want to solve challenging problems
    • You are biased toward action and focus on the vital work that drives the most impact
    • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself and those around you
    • You are humble, embrace change, and deliver and receive candid feedback
    • You are optimistic about the future and can make tough decisions to help get there
    • You have high expectations and coach, develop, and make time to help others

    Planted Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to growing inclusively, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. However you identify, or whatever background you bring with you, please apply. We look forward to hearing from you.