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Composite Materials R&D Engineer

St Paul, MN, USA

Job Type

Full- Time

About the Role

Verterra Energy is seeking a Composite Materials Research and Design Engineer who will perform multiple duties to support composite part design, development and production along with advancing the company’s overall composites knowledge and capability. The ideal candidate should possess a solid working knowledge of composite materials and their processing methods along with an understanding of the documentation that is necessary to support production. The ideal candidate will have a mix of managerial and hands-on experience, who knows how to plan and execute. We are looking for individuals who thrive in a dynamic environment and can grow with the company.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Deliver clear and concise communication, both written and verbal, to management, other team members and end users.

  • Fabricate high quality tooling, parts and related components from composite materials.

  • 3D solid modeling (Solidworks) and 2D drafting experience.

  • Provide estimation of the amount of work required for completion of assigned product development tasks and advise team member as schedules change.

  • Oversee outside vendors, contractors, technicians and draftspersons assisting in the development process and monitor production progress on pilot production runs of new designs.

  • Conceive, develop, implement, and evaluate new tooling, parts and productions methods.

  • Communicate with team members the end users of designs to gather feedback, provide technical support and troubleshoot problems.

  • Generate procedural support documents and user manuals for developed products.

  • Create verification plans for component and system designs.

Personal Qualifications
  • Curious, proactive, and results-driven team player

  • Can find structure in complex situations by utilizing strong communication skills to guide the team through your planning

  • Understands that a certain amount of groundwork (document control, follow up for planning updates, administrative tasks, etc.) is part of the job at a startup and project success

  • Performs well in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

Professional Qualifications

  • A technical degree in composites, or equivalent experience in engineering and composite fabrication.

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in support of engineering or R&D composites-based product development programs.

  • Fluent in English.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

  • 3D Solid modeling (Solidworks) and 2D drafting experience

  • Experience using mathematics software such as Matlab, Labview or MathCAD

  • Authorized to work in the US

This position will work primarily from the Verterra Energy, Inc headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This is a hands-on position, so the candidate will be equally at ease in the field, machine shop or behind a desk working virtually or directly with hardware and instruments. Fabrication, prototyping and testing will be routine activities.

COVID-19 considerations: All employees are required to be vaccinated.


  • Health Insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Dental insurance

  • Matching 401 (k)

  • Vision insurance

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional development assistance

  • Performance bonuses

“We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.”

About the Company

Verterra Energy is on a mission to harness the power in the world’s rivers, canals and oceans.

To accomplish this, we are commercializing our first device called VOLTURNUS, a pioneering waterpower technology that deploys in harmony with the current to dynamically adjust to water direction, velocity and depth.

We are building an extraordinary team to accomplish this important mission. Verterra Energy is funded through a multiyear DoD contract in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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