Mechanical Test Engineer

Number of employees

220

Long Beach, CA , United States

Posted on: 2024-02-20

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on eliminating the need for fossil fuels in heavy industry and powering a sustainable future. The company’s AI-enabled, modular concentrated solar technology aims to cost-effectively deliver near 24/7 carbon-free energy in the form of heat, power, or green hydrogen fuel at scale – for the first time in history.

In November 2020, TIME included Heliogen’s HelioHeat™ technology on its Best Inventions of 2020 list. In April 2020, Fast Company selected Heliogen as a recipient of a 2020 World Changing Ideas Award for its technology. The company won the Energy category.

Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on decarbonizing industry and empowering a sustainable civilization. Powered by AI, computer vision, and robotics, Heliogen’s concentrating solar thermal solutions turn sunlight into heat, steam, power or green hydrogen fuel to help industries such as mining, cement, steel, and transportation transition to clean energy. For ambitious business and technology professionals seeking to have a meaningful impact on climate change and the health of humanity and our planet, Heliogen offers the opportunity to address global challenges through collaboration with a world-class, dynamic team of forward-thinking leaders. 

About this role:

Define and execute experimental testing of components fueled by concentrated solar power and perform system level testing and analysis of plant operations under various operating conditions. Use the results of this testing to guide equipment R&D, validate numerical models, and ultimately inform business decisions for future commercial contracts.

Location: Long Beach, CA 

Working arrangement: Hybrid (4 days/week in the office)

In this role, you will: 

This position is primarily responsible for executing testing relating to thermal systems and solar calciner development, but will also regularly interface with heliostat engineering, software development, and plant operations to complete testing campaigns. You will also interface with external partners to conduct or support experimental testing at national labs, private institutions, and other locations.

  • Test support – Interface with other scientists, engineers, and field personnel to support the execution of on-sun testing, validating test results against process analysis and simulations 
  • Mechanical design – Support the analysis and design of custom equipment like heat exchangers, piping, valves, and structural steel equipment support frames 
  • Equipment performance and process optimization – Integrate test data analysis into design iterations as equipment is scaled up, optimizing for performance, capital cost, and operating cost 
  • Thermal analysis – Consider heat transfer, material properties, and service limits in the design of equipment exposed to high temperature and thermal cycling 
  • Materials of construction selection – Consider service conditions for the selection of metal alloys and refractory ceramic materials to meet performance requirements 

What's essential:

  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Proficient in 3D CAD design software (Solidworks) and manufacturing/construction drawings
  • Passion for working in a fast-paced startup environment with a focus on innovation
  • Strong organizational ability, including formulation of project goals, deliverables, and timeline for execution 

Desirable:

  • Hands-on laboratory experience 
  • Using thermodynamics and transport analysis fundamentals to study problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer 
  • Experience with high temperature materials, including high-nickel alloys and ceramics
  • Experience in FEA for structural analysis of components, especially regarding thermal expansion and thermal stress at high temperatures
  • Vendor management, including equipment suppliers, raw material suppliers, fabricators and construction contractors 
  • Experience creating Labview projects and troubleshooting equipment and preforming system tests
  • Experience with solids handling equipment

Heliogen was created at Idealab, the leading technology incubator, and became a public company (NYSE: HLGN) in December 2021. For more information about Heliogen, please visit heliogen.com. 

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