Senior Systems Engineer

Apeel Sciences

Santa Barbara, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 01/08/2021
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  • Company Address: 71 S Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, California 93117, US

About Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences creates edible products from natural plant extracts that allow organic and conventional growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase produce quality, and provide superior shelf life.

Job Description

About This Role

Apeel has developed proprietary formulations and application equipment to process fresh produce on a commercial scale both domestically and internationally. We're currently looking for a Senior Systems Engineer to join the growing Engineering team. The Senior Systems Engineer will be responsible for working with the larger Engineering team on the design, testing and release of various types of equipment used in the application of Apeel’s barrier coating products. Apeel is looking for someone who can effectively understand the opportunities and challenges for technical success in new environments and facilities, including customized design solutions for specific customers. This role will require up to 25% travel to our domestic and international locations.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead the mechanical design and development of Apeel’s application equipment and quality control / test products
  • Develop product specifications based on specific system and customer requirements
  • Generate detailed CAD assemblies with appropriate subassemblies and custom parts and part drawings, as needed to fabricate and build new tooling and equipment
  • Perform necessary calculations or analysis to ensure design performance
  • Work with third-party equipment vendors on the design and fabrication of equipment ensuring designs meet Apeel design and performance specifications
  • Work with vendors to identify and source key components as required by per the design specifications
  • Design and implement equipment and process improvements
  • Build initial proof of concept / prototype systems
  • Generate and carry out performance validation test plans for new designs
  • Work with appropriate test agencies to confirm designs meet needed regulatory approvals
  • Collect and analyze performance data from equipment and automated processes to evaluate performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Proactively manage reliability and performance risk mitigation tasks, to ensure the long-term reliability of designed systems
  • Ensure all design are completed and implemented following appropriate codes and standards
  • Write technical reports, present design and test results during Apeel’s technical forums

What You Bring

  • BS degree required, MS degree preferred in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or similar
  • Minimum 10 years of hands-on experience designing, testing, and deploying complex machinery
  • Experience working with and designing agriculture / food processing equipment or similar industrial machinery
  • Experience working with third party design and fabrication firms on the development, testing and acceptance of new equipment.
  • Experience working with equipment in a cGMP pharmaceutical or food processing environment
  • Familiarity with Hygienic / Sanitary design is highly desirable
  • Experience working with PLCs and HMIs on industrial controls and automation equipment
  • Experienced CAD user, preferably with SolidWorks
  • Experience taking a design from concept through prototype to production
  • Hands-on experience with the assembly, testing, and troubleshooting of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics
  • Experience with the testing and certification of new designs to meet regulatory compliance requirements (UL & CE)
  • Experience working with component suppliers to identify, validate and source key components
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed but also works effectively and professionally with cross functional teams to achieve common Company goals
  • Highly creative and resourceful individual. Experienced with performing complex root cause and corrective actions analysis

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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