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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer - Thermal Systems at Lightship

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer - Thermal Systems

Lightship San Francisco, CA Full-Time

Lightship is the first American all-electric recreational vehicle manufacturer currently developing an aerodynamic, battery-powered trailer for the electric age. As the macro transition to an all-electric transportation ecosystem accelerates, Lightship is bringing the increased convenience and superior performance that electrification offers to a pastime enjoyed by over 11 million American families.

Honoring Diverse Perspectives

Lightship is committed to hiring and developing top talent from diverse backgrounds. We believe representing and supporting diverse groups is key to the success of our team members, customers, shareholders and the achievement of our mission and vision. We operate in a collaborative environment with a flat organizational structure and expect a high degree of integrity, autonomy and creativity from all members of the team.

About the Role

Lightship's mission to modernize and electrify RVs demands that we build a high competency in cutting edge vehicle design and manufacturing. As a Mechanical Design Engineer focused on thermal systems, you will work hand in hand with the thermal engineer to design, integrate, and package the thermal systems that heat and cool both the RV and the power system components. You will collaborate across Product, Design, Engineering, and beyond to make shrewd architectural decisions that hasten our path to market with an exceptional vehicle that redefines RVing.

    • Full product design responsibility and system level ownership from concept through production launch and ramp, with focus on thermal systems integration
    • Work with thermal engineer to select active and passive components, such as fans, pumps, compressors, evaporators, radiators, etc
    • Work with power systems and vehicle teams to package all components on the interior and exterior of the RV cabin, including routing of refrigerant lines and coolant plumbing
    • Collaborate with thermal engineer and validation team to test thermal performance of the various thermal system components
    • Design and develop mechanical parts and systems while working closely with validation, manufacturing, vehicle and power system engineers
    • Collaborate with internal and external partners and suppliers to transition concepts to production
    • Use understanding of materials, mechanics, and manufacturing processes to integrate a thermal system that meets all product requirements
    • Conduct detailed mechanical analysis of subsystems and components
    • Develop detailed mechanical specifications based on ambiguous product requirements
    • Support definition of validation plans and root cause analysis for test failures
    • Understand interdependencies between vehicle, power system, and controls at all stages of development
    • Technical mentorship and guidance to growing team of mechanical engineers

Prior Experience & Professional Qualities
    • BS in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering preferred) or equivalent experience
    • 5+ years of experience mechanical engineering design experience
    • 3+ years of mechanical design engineering experience with thermal systems, preferred
    • Experience in automotive or transportation industries (truck/bus/rail), preferred
    • Proven experience designing for multiple forms of high volume manufacturing methods (stampings, castings, injection molding, machining, weldments, etc)
    • Knowledge in product development cycle: design, development, test, manufacturing
    • Experience guiding decisions surrounding complex mechanical tradeoffs
    • Experience creating complex CAD models and drawings with plastics and metal parts
    • Experience with GD&T preferred
    • Prioritization of mechanical design work based on effort and risk

Employee Benefits

Lightship offers all of its employees and their dependents full benefits including health, dental and vision insurance and covers 100% of the insurance premium. We are on a mission to create a more healthful all-electric experience for a pastime that millions of families enjoy and believe strongly that our team should not have to worry about quality healthcare for themselves or their loved ones along the way.

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