Internship: Testing, Project, Field Engineering

Richmond, California, United States Full-time

Do you want to supercharge your engineering testing, problem-solving, and project management skills to a whole new level while playing a mission-critical role in a cutting-edge energy storage company? Are you passionate about making tangible, impactful change on the planet?

Axiom Exergy is transforming the world's outdated refrigeration systems into intelligent, IoT energy storage batteries. We're making the long-term prospect of renewables on the grid a reality.

Achieving these goals requires a highly interdisciplinary understanding of refrigeration systems, modern construction practices, permitting, contractor management, and customer relations. We're looking for a cross-functional engineer who is ready to get their hands dirty, is as passionate about energy storage as we are, and will do whatever it takes to get our products to market!

What You'll Do

You will work directly with the VP of Engineering and Project Engineer on the following strategic initiatives:

  • Analyze and assess target sites for system installation.
  • Perform operational calculations to optimize the system to the site.
  • Execute and analyze system performance testing.
  • Identify and solve challenging engineering issues with deployed field units.
  • Significantly contribute to the building permitting process by managing a team of engineering consultants and interacting with the local permitting authority.
  • Generate site installation documentation, including technical diagrams, detailed work packages, and best practices.
  • Manage installation contractors.
  • Orchestrate on-site team operations, including Refrigeration Battery Measurement and Verification, and coordinate team logistics.
  • Monitor and quality control the installation process.
  • Provide technical feedback to the design team on the installation, commissioning, and operation of field units to directly influence next-generation system design.
  • Do anything else necessary to help!

Who You Are

(These are general guidelines; we'll consider every exceptional candidate, regardless of background!)

  • At least junior standing pursuing a B.S. in mechanical, civil, electrical engineering, or similar technical discipline.
  • A broad performer who bridges engineering, technical project management, contracting, and customer relations.
  • An enthusiastic self-starter who can work with minimal supervision, provides creative solutions to challenging problems, is extremely detail-oriented, and is an excellent verbal and written communicator.
  • Previous experience in engineering, construction, refrigeration, or similar commercial/industrial environments a plus.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD highly preferred.
  • Experience with 3D CAD parametric modeling a plus.
  • Experience with mechanical systems, including familiarity with hardware, fasteners, common industrial products and techniques (eg, strut, T slot, etc), and creativity with readily available materials.
  • Experience with hand tools, power tools, general machining, and fabrication for prototyping.
  • Previous experience with vapor compression and/or hydraulic equipment, including compressors, pumps, pressure vessels, piping standards, etc a plus.
  • Experience in project management methodologies (Waterfall, CPM/CCPM, SDLC, Agile, or similar) a plus.
  • Passionate about technology innovation, product development, energy engineering, and energy storage.
  • Willing to put in the effort it takes to get this energy storage startup off the ground!

The Fine Print

  • Start May-June and end in Aug-Sept (flexible).
  • Compensation in cash.
  • As startups go, the work is demanding and the hours are long, but we’ll make every effort to find an arrangement that works.
  • A fair amount of travel for site evaluations and installations (up to 50%).

Bonus Questions

We’d love to get a sense of your thought process. If you'd like, please send us a concise response to the following:

-What are the top 3 skills of a successful project engineer and why?

-Provide an example of a time when you solved/fixed a problem without the proper tools, knowledge, or support to do so according to best practices.

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