Facilities Design Engineer

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Alameda, CA, United States

Posted on: 2022-07-29

Category: energy

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About the company:

We are Sila—a next generation battery materials company dedicated to accelerating energy transformation for a more sustainable future. 

Our next-gen anode material is the first significant chemistry improvement to lithium-ion batteries to reach the market in 30 years. Our silicon anode material is a simple drop-in replacement to graphite and significantly boosts the energy density of lithium-ion batteries without compromising performance. 

Today, Sila science powers innovative consumer electronics. Tomorrow, it will fuel our EV future and the electrification of everything. 

We work directly with leading consumer electronics and automotive OEMs to help accelerate product roadmaps, and partners with battery manufacturers commercial cell production. Our partners include BMW, Daimler, and ATL.

Sila Nano works directly with leading consumer electronics and automotive OEMs to help accelerate product roadmaps, and partners with battery manufacturers commercial cell production. 

Sila Nano’s first products significantly increase the energy density of state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries. Our materials are manufacturable economically at scale and are drop-in replacements to existing battery manufacturing processes.

Who You Are

Sila Nanotechnologies is seeking a versatile Facilities Design Engineer for our Capital Projects team to play a key role in the design, construction, and startup of new battery material manufacturing facilities. On top of improvement projects at our headquarters facility, you will take on a variety of responsibilities to design and build Sila’s next-generation anode material factory. In our small team, you’ll be asked to take on broad technical responsibilities to specify equipment, review/approve external design documentation, and support installation and commissioning. You’ll work closely with internal teams and external engineering and construction partners to bring Sila’s large-scale capital projects to life. 

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Work closely with the Process Engineering and Supply Chain teams to specify, procure, install, and commission key balance-of-plant equipment like gas distribution systems, abatement units, cooling water systems, and life safety systems 
  • Design/specify new facilities equipment by understanding, documenting, and communicating utilities and infrastructure requirements from Sila’s custom reactors 
  • Engage with internal Sila teams and external vendors to support the integration of material handling systems into factories
  • Work with external engineering resources for drawing and design review cycles, ensuring compliance with applicable codes and standards
  • Work with factory CAD models for reviews and layout design with Sila’s Industrial Engineer (detailed CAD design to be performed primarily by external contractors)
  • Respond to technical RFIs and submittals across multiple contractors
  • Travel frequently to project sites and contractors’ offices

Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in facilities design, engineering, or related project work
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline; preference for backgrounds in mechanical, civil, structural, and/or electrical engineering
  • Experience managing contractors with complex scope
  • Proven communication skills, across external and internal teams
  • Familiarity with industrial codes and standards (for example: state fire codes, NEC/IEC, NFPA, ASME, API, etc)
  • Ability to review and understand documentation, drawings, and specifications
  • 2D and 3D CAD proficiency (AutoCAD preferred)
  • Experience in related industries such as semiconductor, solar cell manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology would be nice
  • Willing to travel to build sites and contractors’ design offices for construction and commissioning support 

Physical Demands & Work Conditions

  • Move long distances and be stationary for extended periods of time
  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and safety shoes
  • Occasionally kneel or bend
  • 25% travel to and from build sites and contractors’ design offices


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