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Mechanical Engineer

St Paul, MN, USA

Job Type

Full- Time

About the Role

Verterra Energy is seeking a Mechanical Engineer to contribute to all phase of product design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and operational support. The successful candidate will be responsible for component design, physical and performance testing, system integration, part manufacture, on site construction, installation, commissioning, in field operation and other related activities. This is an excellent opportunity for an organized, mission-driven person to join a growing organization that thrives on teamwork and finding solutions that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

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 can grow with the company.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a positive attitude, a passion for excellence, and contribute to the well-being of fellow team members

  • Advance novel designs based on operational requirements while adhering to sound mechanical design and engineering methods including design for manufacturing and quality.

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

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

  • Maintain familiarity with the “state of the art” in areas relevant to renewable energy technologies and mechanical system technologies.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience in engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or coastal or ocean)

  • Relevant work experience in engineering, R&D, and/or new product development, preferably in a field where you have experience that prepared you for this job (e.g., in engineering, construction, innovation, ship-building, maritime industry, etc.)

  • Fluent in English

  • Authorized to work in the US

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

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

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 and project success

  • Performs well in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

Specific Skills and Needs

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

  • Conceive, develop, implement, and evaluate power system components with an emphasis on safety and DFx principles.

  • Travel to vendor and deployment sites.

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

  • Experience using mathematics software such as Matlab, Labview or MathCAD, or a willingness to learn.

  • Create and maintain production prints, assembly instructions, bills of material, and other documentation related to developed products.

  • Initiate and/or contribute to engineering changes and corrective and preventive actions.

  • 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.

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.


  • 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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