Natel Energy, Inc

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Hydraulic Design Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Full-time
  • Alameda, CA
  • Remote friendly

2022-04-25 18:08:55 UTC

As a Hydraulic Design Engineer on Natel Energy’s Turbine team, you will play a key role in the development of Natel’s family of low head fish safe hydro turbine products. Our organization requires a skilled and detail oriented individual who is excited to apply systems design and computational fluid dynamics toward the development of the next generation of renewable, low impact energy sources.

As a key member of Natel Energy’s Product Development team, your role will cover the following areas of responsibility:

  • Leading the modern distributed hydro turbine industry with design and analysis techniques to produce efficient, fish safe, structurally optimized, and manufacturable turbine and plant designs that maintain river connectivity and minimize impact.

  • Utilization of Siemens NX, STAR-CCM+, and other related tools as necessary for hydraulic turbine design, analysis, and optimization. Application of existing design and analysis workflows, as well as the development of new and improved approaches for efficient product design cycles.

  • Developing and applying processes for plant-level analysis and optimization, including free surface modeling.

  • Develop expertise in Natel’s system and product design space. Understand tradeoffs in product performance, cost, and durability / maintenance; interpret and apply customer and site design requirements along with performance and fish survival models and test data; propose and deliver solutions (OML, layouts) and associated documentation.

  • Assess test data of sub- and full-scale systems to inform design approaches; design and participate in conducting performance tests. Document and report analysis and test approaches and results in formats ranging from tabular data to figures to publication-worthy reports and presentations.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • At least 3 years experience in related role(s)

  • A bachelor’s degree in an applicable engineering discipline

  • Competence with advanced CAD surfacing and parametric modeling techniques (preferably in Siemens NX)

  • Competence in single and multiphase aerodynamic or hydrodynamic CFD meshing and analysis, preferably with complete turbomachinery or other rotating systems, preferably with STAR-CCM+

  • Familiarity with data analysis and/or automation coding languages (eg. Python, Java)

  • A motivation to apply your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced R&D and production environment

This position will report to Natel’s VP of Engineering.

Company Information

Founded by MIT alumni, we are headquartered in a beautiful office, R&D and prototyping space in a repurposed hangar on the former Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA. Natel will consider candidates for remote employment, though if remote your role will require at least occasional onsite presence at Natel’s Alameda, CA facility. We offer competitive salary, equity ownership potential, and an opportunity to work in a fun and driven environment with highly skilled, creative people. We are also proud to offer great benefits like 4 weeks of paid vacation and trans-inclusive health insurance plans (along with dental, vision and life insurance). We want our team to live full lives outside of work.

Our hiring process

Natel Energy is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Remote restrictions

  • Workday must overlap by at least 6 hours with Oakland, CA, USA
  • Must be a resident of United States