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Power Electronics Engineer, Makani

Technical Infrastructure

Alameda, CA

Company Information:

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to generate clean and efficient energy from wind (www.makanipower.com). We are looking for an entry level mechanical or aeronautical engineer to join our team. You will have the opportunity to solve interesting and challenging problems on a regular basis. Makani’s primary facility is located in Alameda, CA. 

Job Summary:

We’re looking for a systems engineer with a strong focus on power electronics and power conversion, to work with a small, focused, and fast paced team in the design selection, specification, and implementation of all power systems involved in the Makani Energy Kite. You must be willing to spend a majority of your time at this facility. Some travel to test sites may be required.

Work will include:

-Careful construction of power system simulations

-Determination of system fault modes, and modeling of complex system behavior in the case of faults

-Design and implementation of experiments to benchmark and test expected system behavior

-Defining clean and organized interfaces between parts to maximize both system and team performance

The ideal candidate for this role will be broadly talented, but will have significant technical depth in a highly relevant field.

Required skills:

  • Electrical engineering or similar background (Masters and 2 years experience, or equivalent)
  • Power electronics or power systems experience
  • Good communication and time management skills
  • Willingness to pick up and improve on unfamiliar analysis tools
  • An interest in working on a small, fast paced team where a variety of skills will need to be applied day to day, and in which new skills will constantly need to be learned.

Nice to have:

  • Previous electric powertrain or power switching design experience
  • Previous work on experimental vehicles
  • Passion for renewable energy
  • An interest or background in flight vehicles
  • A supernatural ability with SPICE tools
  • Experience with DFMEA
  • A desire to be closely involved in flight testing

Potentially relevant backgrounds:

  • Automotive powertrain electrical design and testing
  • Switching power supply design and test
  • Other electromechanical systems design, system engineering, and integration
  • Simulation of complex electromechanical systems

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