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Senior Structural Engineer

Position Type: Full-time
Location: Emeryville, CA

Education Required: Master of Science in applicable field of engineering (i.e., Ocean Engineering, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, Materials Science)

Position Start: ASAP


General Overview and Description

Founded in 2007, Principle Power is an innovative technology and services provider for the offshore wind energy market. Our proven, patented technology, the WindFloat, is the leading floating offshore wind foundation enabling a radical reduction of costs and risks. Principle Power's mission is to make the WindFloat the most competitive, safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly technology for offshore wind projects while enabling global offshore wind markets to reach their full potential.

The Structural Engineering Group splits its focus between current designs, for specific site conditions, and R&D to optimize the performance, fabrication, and ultimately the cost of the WindFloat in future projects that work toward commercialization of the WindFloat.

This is a unique opportunity for a professionally focused individual to join our fast-paced environment as it offers challenging and stimulating work.  The candidate selected will be someone who enjoys an entrepreneurial culture and thrives in an international environment with diverse and dynamic colleagues world-wide.


Main Accountabilities:

  • Design tasks for current projects including preliminary sizing of steel structures, strength, buckling and fatigue analysis, and detailing of the structures

  • Interface with drafters to produce packages of drawings for certification and fabrication

  • Follow closely the fabrication planning and execution phases to provide support as necessary

  • Prepare project specifications and structural design criteria

  • Develop initial or conceptual structural designs and layouts


Required Education: 

  • Master of Science in a relevant field of engineering (Ocean Engineering, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, Materials Science, etc.)
  • Firm and practical knowledge of class standards and relevant regulations (ABS, BV, DNVGL and/or API)
  • Proficiency in English, both oral and written skills, is essential


Required Professional Experience:

  • Minimum five (5) years of professional experience in the design of ship, offshore structures, or wind turbine supporting structures

  • Minimum one (1) year of professional experience in floating wind preferred

  • Experience in using commercial FEA software such as ANSYS or equivalent


Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficiency in two (2) or more programming languages (Matlab, Python, VBA)

  • Experience in drafting and modeling tools (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Rhino)

  • Ability to become a key person for projects on behalf of the Structural Engineering Group

  • Exhibit strong technical and data analysis skills

  • Demonstrate outstanding organizational skills with excellent attention to detail

  • Display excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Possess ability to work independently; is self-directed and motivated

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work with colleagues in a positive and collaborative manner

  • Has proven experience working in multidisciplinary environments within a global context

  • Display strong time management skills, possess the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Capacity to provide technical supervision to junior engineers


To apply, please send CV and cover letter to: