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Senior Engineer, NPI Manufacturing (Powertrain) - Universal Hydrogen

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Job Title
Senior Engineer, NPI Manufacturing (Powertrain)
Job Location
Los Angeles, California, United States
Job Description

Aviation faces an existential crisis due to its climate impact, with no apparent roadmap for meaningful carbon reduction, let alone meeting Paris Agreement emissions targets. That is where Universal Hydrogen (UH2) comes into play. Our company is working to create revolutionary technology and supply chain infrastructure that will allow hydrogen to be used all over the world as a means of decarbonizing the transportation industry. In order to do this we are looking to hire a Senior Manufacturing Engineer, NPI (New Product Introduction) that has a passion for working with engineering and operations to solve tough design problems while still having an eye for the practical to implement cost optimized assembly processes for powertrain conversion kits and hydrogen filling depots. This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and vision to help build the future of hydrogen and combat the climate crisis.

About the Role

  • Design the assembly and shipping of powertrain kits for aircraft conversions including incoming material, storage and logistics.
  • Support the design and assembly setup of hydrogen filling depots.
  • Work with the NPI engineering design team to optimize cost, validate assembly concepts, test methods, maintenance and repair concepts.
  • Develop lean and efficient manufacturing processes based on product requirements, material flows, space requirements, equipment layout, and conferring with equipment vendors.
  • Purchase and set up assembly equipment, train operators  and run in the line before handing over to daily operations.
  • Integrate product and process quality into the assembly setup and apply statistical tools to track and validate Critical To Quality metrics. (SPC, MSA, Capability Studies)

About You

  • Expertise and passion for developing lean and efficient manufacturing and assembly processes, analyzing product requirements, make-buy decisions, NPI, PFMEA, Control Plans.
  • Experience in designing manufacturing and assembly setups for new product introduction into production in the aviation sector preferred. 
  • Knowledgeable in NPI, machining, welding, tube forming, electromechanical assembly, process and handling automation, PLM, line setup and optimization.
  • Background in maintaining product and process compliance with required regulations (ISO, AS9100/13100, OSHA). 
  • Comfortable with 20% domestic and international travel.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and also act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, JetBlue, Toyota, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.
We strive for a culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered. We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflects this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles most of the time.
Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off. As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you. 
We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. We value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.

Our total compensation for this position can range from $107,000 to $147,000. The ranges provided are our reasonable estimate of the base and total compensation for this role. The actual amounts may vary based on factors such as experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the position.

Please note that for the health and safety of our employees, we require all employees to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations as recommended by the CDC (or a valid exemption).

Universal Hydrogen Headquarters Location

Los Angeles, CA

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Universal Hydrogen Company Size

Between 50 - 100 employees

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Universal Hydrogen Funding Rounds

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  • Series B

    $62,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $20,500,000 USD

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