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Mechanical Engineer

Solarcycle

Solarcycle

Mesa, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2023

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of the clean energy/climate tech industry? Are you excited about the intersection of renewable energy and the circular economy? We are too. And that’s why we launched SOLARCYCLE, Inc, a tech-driven recycling platform designed to maximize solar sustainability. Our process takes end of life solar panels and dismantles them into individual components or materials.

About the role

We are seeking a passionate Mechanical Engineer to join our recycling facility located in Mesa, AZ. As a senior member of our R&D team, you will play a critical role in leading and executing mechanical projects, including the design and development of prototypes and new equipment for our solar panel silicon recycling and CdTe panel recycling lines. We are looking for a seasoned professional with a strong track record of successfully designing, building, and implementing innovative mechanical solutions. This role will report directly to the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop prototypes, new tools, and equipment for the R&D department's research activities.
  • Plan, design, and execute mechanical projects related to solar panel delamination.
  • Actively participate in the fabrication, assembly, and testing of prototypes and equipment.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications, and documentation for prototypes and mechanical systems.
  • Generate technical reports and present findings to the Director of R&D and other stakeholders as required.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve mechanical issues during the prototype and equipment testing phase.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the R&D team and assist with problem-solving activities.

Mechanical design and development:

  • Plan, design, and execute mechanical projects related to solar panel silicon recycling and CdTe panel recycling.
  • Develop prototypes, tools, and equipment for the R&D department's research activities.
  • Apply engineering principles to create innovative and efficient mechanical solutions for adverse problems.

Hands-on execution:

  • Actively participate in the fabrication, assembly, and testing of prototypes and equipment.
  • Collaborate with the R&D team and provide technical expertise throughout the development process.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve mechanical issues during the prototype and equipment testing phase.

Documentation and reporting:

  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications, and documentation for prototypes and mechanical systems.
  • Maintain accurate records of project progress, test results, and design changes.
  • Generate technical reports and present findings to the Director of R&D and other stakeholders as required.

Collaboration and support:

  • Work closely with the Director of R&D and other team members to ensure alignment with project goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including researchers, engineers, and technicians, to integrate mechanical components into the recycling lines.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the R&D team and assist with problem-solving activities

Supervisory responsibilities

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Education, training and professional experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. Relevant industry experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in mechanical design and development, preferably within the recycling or sustainability sector.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in planning, designing, and building prototypes, tools, or equipment.
  • Proficiency in CAD software for mechanical design, such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD.
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, materials, and manufacturing processes.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to develop innovative solutions for adverse problems.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities, with a proven track record of working effectively in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented with good organizational skills, capable of managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • Familiarity with solar panel silicon recycling and CdTe panel recycling processes is a plus.

Note: This position is based in Mesa, AZ, USA. Relocation to the Phoenix area or a willingness to relocate is required.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that applicants are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you think this role is for you but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right person for this role.

You will be working alongside a highly successful team who deliver amazing innovative work in the solar PV industry! The solar industry needs a global end-of-life partner to restore, renew and ultimately recycle yesterday’s solar panels for tomorrow’s clean energy projects. SOLARCYCLE aims to be the partner of choice for solar asset owners looking for a responsible solution to their end-of-life system needs.

Solar power is one of the most powerful tools humanity has in our fight against climate change. But for solar to truly scale to its full potential, we need to create renewable supply chains and a vibrant secondary market for upcycled panels and recycled materials. SOLARCYCLE was founded by experts and advocates in solar, climate and circular economy. Our investors come from the frontlines of the solar industry, including the founders of SolarCity, SunPower and Nextracker. This is the next frontier - ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable and domestic supply of the critical minerals needed for the next wave of solar. We exist to make clean energy massively scalable and even more sustainable by radically advancing recycling technology and infrastructure for the solar industry. If this resonates with you, we really want to meet you.

Equal employment opportunity

SOLARCYCLE is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual's qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.