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Innovation Endeavors

Installation and Integration Engineer



Chester, VA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we are growing for a better tomorrow, today.

About the role

Plenty is looking for an Installation & Integration Engineer to implement automation equipment and production processes in our farms. The Installation and Integration Engineering team is part of the Deployment Organization that is responsible for constructing, equipping and commissioning indoor, vertical farms. In this role, you will lead the installation and start up of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and custom equipment. Your responsibilities will start from the Factory Acceptance Test continuing through delivery and install, finishing with a complete commissioning and hand over to the Operations team.

What you'll do

  • Deploy manufacturing automation equipment with the support of in-house automation equipment designers and outside equipment integrators and suppliers
  • Review equipment and process requirements via cross functional relationships; Understand critical process control parameters and material traceability requirements
  • Review automation equipment specifications for both external vendors and in-house automation development teams, collaborating with both to deliver made-to-order and custom equipment
  • Develop acceptance testing documentation for internally and externally built equipment
  • Collaborate with Controls Engineers and Software teams to integrate equipment to our customized data systems
  • Perform labor and throughput calculations for commissioning and steady state operations
  • Characterize and validate new equipment and fixtures using metrology data and process control principles
  • Define and support the installation of equipment determined in the design process via project management and hands-on contractor management
  • Support the hand off of validated equipment to the Operations team
  • Travel up to 75% to future farms
  • Perform additional duties as assigned - we’re a growing scale-up so you never know what you might get the opportunity to work on as we grow

What you'll bring to the table

  • Direct experience leading automation equipment and production process projects through full design lifecycle and implementation
  • Direct experience with deployment of automated systems
  • Track record of outstanding collaboration with Operations teams
  • Experience with statistical process control and many examples of data driven process problem solving
  • Experience defining manufacturing system requirements for new production processes
  • Education or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline combined with 2+ years of related experience

Type of role

Full-Time; Onsite

What we can offer

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being: we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food: in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together: learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your home internet and phone bills and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off: we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable