Founded by MIT alumni, Natel Energy, Inc. is launching a groundbreaking hydropower product enabling cost-effective production of low impact, distributed baseload hydropower from existing low dams, irrigation canals, and other low head hydropower resources. We are located in the heart of the Bay Area with office and manufacturing space on the former Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA. The work environment is dynamic, collaborative and energized by recent technical and commercial successes.
Natel Energy, Inc. is recruiting an experienced manager to be responsible for the planning and execution of mechanical R&D, testing, and assembly work. You will interface with engineering and program management to focus and enable Natel’s already strong and autonomous technician team. You will organize efforts and direct resources on a daily and weekly basis, prepare for upcoming projects, and grow the team’s capabilities to meet future needs. Natel’s Product Development team is a dynamic and fast-paced environment – if you enjoy new challenges every day and work well with a hands-on team, please apply!
- Directly manage Natel’s technician team at our Alameda, CA facility. Responsible for team and individual performance, collaboration, and growth / skill development.
- Take on responsibility for ongoing R&D testing, fabrication, and assembly work while planning ahead to meet Natel’s future needs as an OEM.
- Interface regularly with Natel’s product development leadership (CTO, general manager, engineering director) to plan and execute work. Produce and maintain project plans as priorities shift. Interface with individual engineers as specific projects require.
- Recruit and hire new technicians to keep team resources on par with program growth.
- Maintain a safe, healthy, and productive shop environment.
- Ensure continued effective operation of program-critical in house test equipment, along with shop equipment and tools. Repair, replace, and acquire tools and consumables as necessary.
- Work with Natel’s engineers and project management to implement and update Bills of Materials, QA/QC processes, and ‘bug’ fixes.
- Interface with component suppliers and external machine/fabrication shops.
- Occasionally travel to field sites (ie: customer installations, field/lab testing sites, etc) to assist with commissioning and testing.
- Develop early prototyping and machine assembly activities into repeatable, documented processes; work towards optimizing cost and flow of product manufacturing.
- Plan, prepare, and instruct both internal and external training programs as required to share operational and/or product knowledge.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Activities requiring handling and grasping with the hands when performing repairs or maintenance of equipment by utilizing hand tools, power tools, air tools, nuts, bolts, electronic controls, and other small parts
- Occasional use of foot/feet to operate foot pedal on equipment to test operation
- Lifting: frequent up to 25 lbs, occasional up to 50 lbs, infrequent up to 75 lbs
- Ability to walk and stand on concrete and uneven surfaces for at least 4 hours per day
- Ability to bend, kneel and work with arms raised for prolonged periods of time
- Ability to climb over and into heavy equipment and/or confined spaces
- Occasional working at heights above 10 ft
- Occasional exposure to bright lights, extreme temperatures, noise, dust, fumes, etc.
- Minimum 5 years of relevant experience, including team and project management.
- Unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.
- 18 years or older.
- Prior experience supervising a team of technicians in an R&D environment.
- High degree of familiarity with general shop mechanical and electrical equipment and metal fabrication techniques. Manual & CNC mill, lathe, drill press, MIG & TIG welding, waterjet, proper bolting techniques, etc.
- Ability to facilitate clear collaboration with design teams and independent problem solving. Ideally comfortable with drawings and modifying CAD models.
- Certifications may include: forklift operator, crane operator, confined spaces certification.
- General electrical workbench skills (circuit analysis and design, soldering, crimping, use of multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc…).
- Ability to work effectively with minimum supervision; creativity and resourcefulness in solving problems. Attention to detail and pride in quality.
Interested applicants must provide a cover letter explaining why they are best qualified and motivated to win THIS JOB (generic cover letters are highly discouraged), along with a resume/CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org.