Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Staff Mechanical Engineer, System Design

Form Energy

Form Energy

Other Engineering, Design
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of climate change with the team that will deliver? Form Energy is a U.S. technology and manufacturing company that is developing and commercializing pioneering energy storage technologies to enable the electric grid to run on 100% renewable energy, every day of the year.

Supported by leading investors such as Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ArcelorMittal, TPG Rise, MIT’s The Engine, and others, we share a common belief that low-cost, multi-day energy storage is the key to enable tomorrow’s zero carbon electric grid. Driven by our core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, we are deeply motivated and inspired to create a better world. We need talented, hardworking individuals who share our goal of tackling the challenge of climate change. Do you want to work with us today to build a better tomorrow?

Role Description

We’re looking for a Mechanical Engineer focused on system design to join the Advanced Manufacturing, Anode Equipment Team. This team is responsible for developing novel equipment used to manufacture electrodes for Form Energy’s commercial product. You will be responsible for the development and maturation of manufacturing equipment and delivering high-budget, high-volume equipment at new production facilities. Initially, this role will focus on the development of furnaces, presses, and ancillary temperature control and safety systems for processing of battery materials. The ideal candidate will bring a wealth of equipment design experience and creativity used to develop world class, fully automated equipment. You’ll work closely with cell design engineers, process engineers, material scientists, supply chain, operations, facilities, and outside consultants. As we design, build, and ramp up equipment operations, expect to become deeply entrenched in the intersection of equipment design, process engineering, and materials engineering, as the team works toward a common goal of manufacturing high performance electrodes, in high volume. This role provides an exciting opportunity to design novel equipment while doing your part to help combat climate change!

This opportunity is based out of Form Energy's Eighty Four, PA facility. Relocation assistance is available.

What You'll Do:

  • Own the design, development, build, and deployment of high temperature manufacturing equipment ranging from initial prototyping equipment to fully automated and integrated systems used for high volume manufacturing

  • Provide design for manufacturing feedback to the cell and materials engineering teams

  • Design and document robust equipment and processes capable of a high level of safety, uptime, and quality

  • Collaborate with process and controls engineers in the start-up and debugging effort for manufacturing equipment and processes at new production sites

  • Train technicians and other users on new manufacturing equipment and processes

  • Work with a diverse set of teams inside and outside the company to achieve overall manufacturing success

  • Be a champion for safety in the development of new equipment and processes

What You'll Bring:

  • BS required in Mechanical Engineering or related field

  • 5+ years of experience in manufacturing equipment design, build, and commissioning

  • Experience in computer-aided design (CAD) preferably Solidworks

  • Experience in the design of high temperature furnaces and processing systems

  • Experience in designing precision motion control systems carrying high loads, and operating at high temperatures.

  • Facilitate installation and assembly of new equipment

  • Experience designing equipment used in hazardous locations containing combustible dusts or gasses

  • Fabrication experience and comfort with being able to be hands on is a must

  • Experience and familiarity with PLC hardware selection, programming, troubleshooting, and configuration for automated systems.

  • Experience designing electrical and pneumatic controls systems, specifying electrical and pneumatic control components, and designing the mechanical layout of an electromechanical and/or pneumatic controls system

  • Familiarity with NFPA codes and furnace safety control systems

  • Interdisciplinary communicator, across a range of engineering and business functions

  • Knowledge of statistical methods as applied to experimental design and process development

  • Demonstrated track record of innovative hardware design and engineering

  • Battery experience is a plus

Form Energy is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.



Humanity is a cornerstone of Form Energy’s culture, and we make sure our compensation and benefits reflect that. Form Energy offers competitive salaries, stock options, and a holistic benefits package to ensure all employees have what they need to thrive while working here.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we cover 100% of medical, dental, and vision premiums for full-time employees - and 80% of healthcare premiums for dependents. This starts from day one. We also offer at least 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents (up to 20 weeks for birthing parents), and generous vacation policies to give employees time to recharge when needed.

To build a clean and equitable energy future, we need everyone at the table. We strive to form a team as diverse as the communities we will serve with our technology, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply to our open jobs.