Natel Energy, Inc

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Mechanical Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Full-time
  • Alameda, CA

2022-05-06 20:20:49 UTC

As a Mechanical Engineer on Natel Energy's Turbine team, you will play a key role in the development and manufacturing 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 bring their technical communication, design, and process skills to bear on modern renewable energy hydro turbine equipment. This position will report to Natel’s VP of Engineering.

  • Are you a proactive, thoughtful mechanical engineer seeking new challenges in a dynamic environment? Does working with multiple collaborators on a range of parallel design projects sound exciting rather than daunting? Do you take pride in your organizational and communications skills?

  • Are you passionate about creating simple, elegant solutions to structural and manufacturing design problems? Does an ideal engineering role for you blend thoughtful application of existing standards and practices with targeted development and testing? Do you enjoy finding ways to parameterize, standardize, and simplify designs?

  • Do you consider yourself a detail oriented, analytical engineer who can use a mix of hand calcs and robust finite element analysis to confidently assess a design space? Are you drawn toward design optimization problems where strength, stiffness, durability, and cost are closely coupled?

  • Are you excited to bring Natel’s modern hydro turbine designs to production across a range of physical scales, multiple continents, and many types of projects?

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply to this opportunity! Your role will cover the following areas of responsibility:

  • Structural design: You will work with the engineering and supply chain teams to move preliminary and detailed designs forward, with a focus specifically on Natel’s unique RHT runner (propeller) and related components. You will evaluate new concepts and turbine designs; detail components and assemblies using a mix of materials and processes; conduct and document analyses and tolerance stackups; design fixtures, tools and test equipment; review others’ work, both internal and external; and collaborate in manufacturing, assembly, testing, validation, and operational efforts.

  • Manufacturing: You will collaborate with vendors and fabricators and use your knowledge of technical communication and manufacturing methods to develop and optimize drawings, manufacturing process plans, and QA processes, propelling designs from prototypes to volume production. 

  • Full product lifecycle: You will focus on the delivery of long-life components and continual improvement of designs and processes by evaluating test articles, production first articles, and existing + future fielded units.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar

  • An organized and analytical approach to problem solving

  • Extensive 3D CAD modeling experience, including surfacing

  • Experience in conducting well-documented structural / mechanical analyses

  • Experience with structural FEA

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - comfortable receiving as well as providing guidance and technical material from/to engineers, designers, technicians, and suppliers

  • An interest in applying a range of manufacturing techniques and materials to produce critical hydro turbine components

  • Confidence in working independently to drive a project forward

The following specific skillsets are pluses:

  • At least 5 years in a similar role

  • Specific experience with Siemens NX and NX Nastran

  • Experience with PLM tools, preferably Siemens Teamcenter

  • Experience with master modeling

  • Experience with composites design, analysis, and manufacturing

  • Familiarity with a range of FEA techniques including 1D / connection elements, 2D and laminate modeling, mixing element types; and assessing a variety of failure modes

  • Hands-on experience with relevant processes (machining, fabrication, composite layup, inspection, assembly, etc) whether professionally or personally

  • Endorsements or certifications in applicable skill areas

  • A well-versed understanding of ASME Y14.5 GD&T


Alameda, California. This position requires onsite presence at our office in Alameda, CA.

Travel. <10%, as needed to provide support at our operating projects. 

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, and have structured pay scales to prevent inequity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Interested applicants should send a resume, a cover letter specific to the role appended to the resume, and portfolio, if available.