Mar 30, 2024

Field Engineer

$80,000 - $130,000 yearly
  • Planted Solar
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full time Projects, Facilities and Construction Other

Job Description

We are looking for world-class talent to tackle challenging projects that will help power the planet with 100% clean energy.

First, the good news: Humans have installed a little over 1 TW of cumulative solar capacity over the last 20 years, and solar energy is the lowest-cost source of energy generation worldwide.

Now, the challenge: Humans have to build 3 TW of solar capacity every year for the next 30+ years.  Planted is creating new technology to overhaul how we design, develop, and build solar power resources to make this happen.

We need help. We're expanding our team of curious, collaborative, and hands-on engineers and operators. Come take on large parts of product, project, or business development and help make our big plans a reality!

About The Role

As the Field Engineer, you will apply new clean energy technology to applications in the field by overseeing field data collection during project diligence and managing project deployments. As a critical bridge between R&D and commercial operations, you will drive the development cycle from prototype iterations, tests, and real-world construction. This role offers the opportunity to work closely with a talented and cross-functional engineering and business team with a high degree of empowerment and autonomy.

The salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 - $130,000 plus stock options 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 - 10+ years.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver Planted services in the field and efficiently guide projects to completion by coordinating people, materials, and machines on-site

  • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion

  • Communication and logistical planning with external contractors, vendors, and customers to share project status, set expectations, and meet key milestones

  • Become an internal expert on the use of Planted robotic construction technology in the field, and train and coach other internal and external users

  • Own and execute test procedures to acquire relevant project data (soil characterization, topography, etc.) through field tests on project sites across the U.S. (and beyond), and incorporate it into site plans and strategy

  • Own, operate and improve test hardware

  • Organize and present results of field testing

  • Actively identify areas of improvement for Planted's hardware and software

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2+ years experience, including field experience

  • Willingness to travel (up to 75% of the time for sustained stretches) with overnight stays required

  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to read and understand drawings, site plans, and specifications

  • A track record of organization, adaptability, attention to detail, and project management skills

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively and succinctly to internal and external stakeholders

  • Hands-on attitude, strong ownership mentality, and resourcefulness.

  • Ability to navigate ambiguity, reduce reasonable risks, and make good decisions with imperfect knowledge

  • Desire to wear multiple hats and act independently

  • Experience with, or ability to learn to operate, construction equipment like skid steers, telehandlers, and excavators

  • Strong record of safe field operations and ability to integrate safety into product design and project operations

  • Hands-on prototyping and troubleshooting experience

  • Desire to work in a fast-paced startup environment

  • Located in the SF Bay Area or able to relocate, and able to be in-person or at project sites up to 5-days per week

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in construction, energy infrastructure, agriculture, or other comparable natural resources

  • Experience with operations in outdoor environments

  • Experience with CAD, GIS, and other software design applications

  • Experience with estimating or designing electrical systems

  • Experience building ground-mount solar power plants

What We Offer

  • Flexible hours and paid time off (PTO)

  • 11 paid company holidays

  • Company paid in-office lunches

  • Stock option compensation

  • 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 have a bias for action and focus on the key work that drives the most impact.

  • You want to solve challenging problems.

  • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself, your team, and partners.

  • 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.

You’ll enjoy working at Planted because:

  • We prioritize safety. We create technology and culture that allows everyone to go home healthy. 

  • We embody an owner mentality. We set goals, own the results, and proactively improve all aspects of our company - even in ways that are not explicitly part of our job and we take full responsibility for achieving the mission.

  • We are biased toward action and complete quality work quickly and make tough decisions without agonizing.

  • We are humble, embrace change, and value learning over being right. We see failure as a pathway to innovation and share setbacks and mistakes openly so everyone can learn and improve. We seek and celebrate the diversity of thought, experience, and culture to avoid echo chambers.

  • We strive to elevate everyone. We set high expectations for performance and celebrate wins, big and small. We coach, develop, and make time to help each other. 

Planted Solar is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment 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.


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