Mechanical Designer/Drafter at Energy Storage Systems
Portland, OR, US
Company Profile
Energy Storage Systems (ESS) is a fast-growing, clean technology company, located in Portland,
OR. ESS has developed an advanced flow battery technology for commercial, industrial, and utility
applications. With a team that boasts decades of experience in distributed power generation and
energy storage technologies, ESS has developed an extremely cost-effective energy management
system that combines a safe, abundant and non-toxic iron electrolyte with our patented flow cell
design. This combination of high performance with low cost means that ESS’s technology is ideally
suited for applications that range in size from retail energy management to utility-scale renewables
Position Profile
ESS is seeking a dynamic Mechanical Designer/Drafter with a strong background in 3D CAD
systems, mechanical design, thermodynamics, fluid flow, and structural analysis. The role will
focus on supporting the development of ESS’s advanced battery technology to ensure product life,
cost, and efficiency. The successful candidate will have excellent project management skills and an
ability to manage multiple projects effortlessly. Candidates with knowledge of large and complex
industrial products, containerized manufacturing & transport are highly desired. Experience in
battery, fuel cell technologies or power generation systems are helpful.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for sustainability and the environment, will thrive in a fastpaced
entrepreneurial setting, be self-motivated and have an interest in disruptive, cutting edge
technology. Someone who understands the culture, the rigor and the challenges of a start-up
§ Product development through research, design and evaluation of mechanical systems and
processes utilizing engineering principles.
§ Execute updates and redesigns of existing processes and related equipment that are
feasible to manufacture or modify; accompanied by analysis, supporting information and
§ Actively communicate specific work requirements or needs to internal functions, such as
purchasing and manufacturing to ensure expectations are understood as defined by
engineering specifications.
§ Interface with suppliers, manufacturing, sales and marketing in the product development
§ Utilize 3-D CAD system, Autodesk Inventor, to prepare detailed drawings of multiple views
and apply mathematics and physics to compute load capacities, dimensions, material usage
and Bills of Materials (BOMs).
§ Prepare prints of parts and assemblies for manufacture using appropriate tolerance and
GD&T practices.
§ Design and build fixtures and tooling to support manufacturing needs.
§ Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to
fabricate experimental parts for testing.
§ Collaborate with mechanical engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve
developmental problems.
§ Use inspection and measurement equipment to ensure conformance of incoming parts and
§ Conduct research to test or analyze the design, operation and performance of equipment.
§ Ensure engineering design and standards documentation is complete, accurate and
sufficient in support of manufacturing and quality assurance activities, and compliant with
customer specifications and regulations.
§ Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and
effective functioning of the project team.
§ Interface with and provide product specifications to suppliers.
§ Design electrical and mechanical component assemblies to comply with functional
§ Document and present designs for team review.
§ Associate of Science with a focus on mechanical drafting
§ 2 years’ experience as a drafter or mechanical designer
§ Proven proficiency in 2-D & 3-D CAD systems (Autodesk Inventor preferred) for design,
documentation, and fabrication.
§ Experience with electrical assembly documentation preferred
§ Experience with CAD version control systems, Autodesk Vault preferred
§ Understanding of a wide variety of manufacturing techniques and an ability to design parts
and assemblies accordingly.
§ Experience with designing and building fixtures, tools, machines, and prototypes
§ Must have experience with creating drawings of parts and assemblies using standard
tolerance practices and GD&T (ASME Y14.5).
§ Experience in packaging assemblies
§ Must be a "self-starter" and follow tasks through to completion with little guidance.
§ Must be able to work in a Team environment to collectively solve problems.
§ Must be able to multi-task several projects and prioritize workload to meet business
specific deadlines
§ Comfortable in fast-paced, collaborative work environment.
§ Experience commercializing new technologies in a production environment is preferred.
§ Strong communication and presentation skills, affable, and demonstrated maturity and
§ Able to work in a cross-functional and geographically dispersed team environment.
§ Experience interacting with Lab and Engineering operations.
§ U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency required.