Senior Mechanical Engineer

USA (Sacramento / SF Bay Area)
, Employment Type: 
Full Time (Exempt)
+ Years
Construction Solutions
July 1, 2021
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Terabase Energy

Terabase Energy, Inc. is a Berkeley, CA-based venture backed startup that was founded by solar industry veterans as a result of a technology spinout from SunPower Corporation in 2019.  Our mission is to accelerate the renewable energy transition by reducing soft costs and improving efficiency in the development, procurement and construction of large renewable energy projects.  We serve our global clients using technology we develop and are already working on some of the largest and most impactful solar powerplant projects in the world.​

Job Description

TThe position will lead a product development team and be responsible for mechanical design, analysis related to large structures, single axis tracking systems, and custom designed tools, fixtures, equipment, and processes.

The successful candidate will thrive in Terabase’s unique operating environment and culture: high-growth, innovative, lean, and values-driven. As such, successful candidates must be highly capable in each of the following dimensions (among others): adaptability, curiosity, resourcefulness, analytical thinking/problem solving, pro-activity, collaboration, technological savvy, operating in a dynamic environment and most importantly dedicated to the mission of accelerating the decarbonization of the global economy by utilizing digital and automation technology to further reduce the cost of utility-scale solar.

Do you approach the world with curiosity and ask the question “What if?”  Do you enjoy solving interesting engineering problems that no one has solved before through using your creativity to quickly design, build and field test solutions?   If so, this opportunity may be for you.​


  • Innovate solutions for improving solar utility power plant installation efficiency.
  • Design, develop, manufacture and install new or modified mechanical components or systems.
  • Iterate designs quickly to find the optimal product configuration.
  • Perform thorough analysis and validation on mechanical designs leveraging both hands-on problem solving as well sound engineering practices.
  • Own all phases of the product development process from concept, through prototyping, field testing, production drawings
  • Contribute to other team members projects through collaborative design reviews
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to other team members

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years of product development experience
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field or equivalent experience
  • A demonstrated track record in product development
  • Demonstrable experience with hands on prototyping and troubleshooting
  • Ability to work independently and exercise solid decision making
  • High level of CAD proficiency including 3D modeling, 2D drafting, and GD&T
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform hand calculations for design validation
  • Able to work remotely and as part of a distributed team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in robotics and automation for high volume manufacturing
  • Working knowledge of solar utility power plant components
  • Ability to perform finite element analysis (e.g. ANSYS, ABAQUS, SolidWorks Simulation), for design validation including non-linear behavior
  • Experience in evaluating structural dynamic behavior (due to wind or transportation loads)
  • Demonstrated experience leading Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action problem solving for mechanical components

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume to Please include the REQ number and position title as the subject of the email. Be sure to include a COVER LETTER explaining why you're interested in this role at Terabase Energy.

Terabase Energy is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disability status. We are committed to provided employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

Racial Justice: Terabase Energy strives to integrate values of inclusion, equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. Terabase provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.