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Mechanical Engineer

Company: Smart Wires
Location: Durham
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Do you want to make a positive impact? Are you interested in helping us achieve our vision of a highly efficient grid that powers a cleaner planet? Do you want to work in a collaborative environment surrounded by colleagues who are creative, focused and mission-driven? If so, read on to see if this might be the job you have been dreaming about.

We are in the energy transition business. At Smart Wires, we reimagine the grid with innovative technology and analytics that provide a digital, controllable and optimized power system. This will enable renewable energy adoption and consumer electrification at the pace and scale required for a net zero world.

With commitment to accelerating the energy transition, we are determined to achieve our mission to advance the delivery of affordable, clean electricity around the world. Come join our team!

Smart Wires is currently looking for a Mechanical Engineer based in Durham, NC to support our Engineering team. This position is a hybrid work from office/work from home, as long as you live within 50 miles of the office.

The Position
The Mechanical Engineer is a key part of the Engineering team and will assume an important role in commercialization of new products by providing support with DFX, procurements, in-process testing, manufacturing, and EOL activities. Under the direction of and reporting to the Product Design Manager, primary duties are to support the design and development of engineering products.
This position requires a high degree of detail-orientation; qualified candidates are highly motivated, self-directed, excellent communicators and collaborate well across workstreams and teams.
Primary Responsibilities

  • Design components, assemblies, and tooling in support of NPI
  • Analyze and solve technical problems, and provide solutions that can be implemented in a timely manner
  • Analyze failures reported by Quality and Service departments, and create engineering change orders as required
  • Produce engineering documents including part and assembly drawings, manufacturing instructions, and bill of material
  • Perform laboratory and factory tests to verify design functionality and validate performance predicted by simulations Requirements

    Required Skills and Experience
    • Must have BS in Mechanical Engineering
    • 5+ years of hands-on engineering work experience
    • Strong proficiency in using SolidWorks, SolidWorks PDM Vault, and SolidWorks Simulation Package to create design concepts, manage and generate detailed drawings and assemblies, analyze parts, and material
    • Competent in using Agile product lifecycle management (PLM) to manage BoM, ECO, MCO, CARs, work instructions, in-process testing, and reports
    • Familiarity with FEA tools for structural and thermal analysis
    • Strong communications capabilities
    • Experience in test fixture design, procurement, and fabrication
    • Good and in-depth knowledge of engineering materials and manufacturing methods, especially aluminum, copper, and composites for fatigue, wear, impact, temperature extremes, dielectric insulations for high and low voltages, and aging due to long term exposure to weather
    • Good knowledge and experience regarding silver/nickel coating
    • Experience with welding and corrosion of steel components Desired Skills and Experience
      • MS in Mechanical Engineering
      • 5+ years of design and manufacturing experience
      • Having been involved in commercialization of new products and transition from development to mass manufacturing Location
        • Durham, NC Travel Requirements
          • This role has occasional travel requirements, up to 15 %, to our manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, FL Safety Requirements

            Smart Wires team members are expected to comply with all safety requirements and regulations when working at Smart Wires facilities and visiting customer sites. This includes adherence to the company's COVID-19 policy as well as State and local regulations.

            Smart Wires' current COVID-19 policy strongly encourages, but does not require, all Smart Wires team members to be vaccinated and boosted. Additional safety precautions may include the use of PPE gear as needed per site requirements. Smart Wires regularly reviews and updates its COVID and safety policies to ensure that they remain appropriate in this evolving environment. We reserve the right to update our COVID and safety policies at any time and without notice.

            The Company

            Smart Wires is a global power technology company advancing the delivery of affordable, clean electricity worldwide. With our innovative technology and advanced analytics, we maximize the grid's capacity. This means more renewables, at a lower cost and with less disruption to communities and the environment. Smart Wires is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, with European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and has a global workforce of 200 professionals spread across four continents. Our team collaborates with our customers to achieve their strategic objectives and help them face an uncertain energy future with flexible, high-impact solutions.

            The Culture

            Our values guide all aspects of our business, from making strategic decisions to providing our customers with valuable solutions and superior service. We emphasize humility, transparency and focus and empower team members with the tools they need to be successful in their role and achieve the professional development they seek.

            Humility - We're genuine people, we're proud of what we do and we care about how we do it. Having humility allows us to listen, learn and improve. We seek diverse perspectives and value collaboration. Above all, we are team players, supporting and trusting each other.

            Transparency - Being authentic, candid, and open - with each other and with our suppliers, partners, and customers - is essential to long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. Acting with integrity and maintaining honest communication ensures that we are accountable, always improving, and deliver safe, high-quality solutions.

            Focus - We are laser-focused on creating a meaningful, positive impact and real change for our customers, our industry, and the planet. This requires prioritization and essentialism to ensure we efficiently and effectively meet our commitments.

            **Smart Wires is committed to diversity in our organization and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Smart Wires complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination and we especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of any skin color, LGBTQ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.**


            At Smart Wires, we strive to foster an inclusive and supportive environment that focuses on our employee's total wellbeing, and our benefits offerings reflect that commitment to our people. We offer...
            • Competitive compensation packages
            • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, designed to fit you and your family's needs. Covering at least 85% of the cost of medical premiums for employee's and their dependents and 100% of the cost of dental and vision for employee's and their dependents
            • HSA and FSA options
            • 401(k) Retirement plan - with a dollar for dollar match up to 5%, that immediately vests
            • Unlimited Paid Time Off (Yes, we encourage a minimum amount)
            • Paid Volunteer Time Off to give back to your community
            • Access to a Total Wellness App
            • Company-wide wellness breaks to recharge- 3x per year
            • Eighteen weeks of paid parental leave to support you and your family

              Benefits/perks may vary depending on the nature of your employment and the country where you work.

Keywords: Smart Wires, Durham , Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Durham, North Carolina

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