Hydrogen Systems Manufacturing Engineer

Universal Hydrogen

Los Angeles, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Manufacturing
  • Post Date: 06/08/2021
  • Website: www.hydrogen.aero
  • Company Address: , Los Angeles, CA

About Universal Hydrogen

Universal Hydrogen is making carbon-free aviation a reality.

Job Description

We are looking for you to help us translate our design vision for modular hydrogen capsules into a product that can be efficiently manufactured, and to determine the requisite production systems. You will work alongside our hydrogen module design engineering team to incorporate manufacturability and assembly considerations, and in parallel you will be the lead designer for our production system. This role is an opportunity to come in early in the design of a revolutionary hydrogen storage and transportation system for aviation and play a pivotal role in its industrialization and path to market.

About the Role

  • Analyze designs for high-pressure gaseous hydrogen (GH2) capsules, liquid hydrogen (LH2) capsules, and hydrogen modules (the frame structure that includes plumbing and interfaces, and carries crash loads that envelopes both types of capsules) to ensure that manufacturability, assembly, and other industrial considerations are incorporated early into the design cycle.
  • Participate in the structural design and analysis of the hydrogen module, including the application of the latest analytical and computational modeling methods and tools.
  • Oversee the manufacture and assembly of test articles for successive prototype iterations of GH2 and LH2 capsules, and hydrogen modules.
  • Lead the early design and sourcing of the production systems for the GH2 and LH2 capsule, and the hydrogen module.

About You

  • Experience in manufacturing and/or industrial engineering for precision products; bonus points if your experience is with aerospace products.
  • Deep working knowledge of the properties and mechanics of metals and composite materials, especially as elements in pressurized vessels, piping, and structural trusses.
  • Experience in the analysis (using state-of-the-art software tools) and manufacturing of both metal and composite structures, including both storage and distribution systems.
  • Fluency in design-for-manufacturability practices and tools.
  • Experience in production system design and implementation, and with computer-numeric control, manufacturing execution, and industrial control systems is a big plus.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and also act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, JetBlue, Toyota, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.

We strive for a culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered. We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and remote work policy reflects this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off. As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you. 

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. Needless to say, we value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel. 

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