Universal Hydrogen is hiring a

Senior Composite Design Engineer

Los Angeles, United States

We are seeking a Senior Composite Design Engineer to join our rapidly growing team working to decarbonize the aviation industry. We are developing a state-of-the-art modular hydrogen capsule technology and a fuel cell-electric powertrain for the world’s first zero-emissions regional airliner. Implementation and scaling of our innovative pressure vessel design will require bold new thinking coupled with a deep background and core knowledge of existing materials and methods. We will be leveraging proven manufacturing methods from a variety of industrial processes to create new components with high quality and repeatability. The ideal candidate is tenacious, energetic, and above all a collaborative team player. 

About the Role

  • Design and develop manufacturing tools and methods for composite and molded plastic components.
  • Create CAD models and 2D drawings of tools, assembly fixtures, jigs for those designs you have developed.
  • Research polymer materials, understand their cure cycles, strengths, harness, and deflection temperatures, and be able to track those compatibilities across the various materials in the assembly.
  • Work with shop technicians to prototype processes and help document new methods.
  • Participate in system and hardware design and safety reviews.

About You

  • Basic knowledge of polymers, cross-linking, hardness, and elongation relationships, and the ability to apply these concepts to new material systems.
  • Proficient in CAD and able to perform their own hand calculations to validate concept designs. 
  • Experience designing and implementing production tooling for molding operations, ideally bladder molding, smart tooling, or injection molding with 2 part mixing machines.
  • Extensive experience working in composites and or plastics manufacturing environments. 
  • Understanding mold tool design at a detailed level to identify fittings, components, and features to include in a functional production tool is a must. 
  • Experience working seamlessly with manufacturing, sharing the same space, discussing ideas as equals, and valuing everyone's perspective.
  • Experience assisting with the development and prototyping of your design to create a more effective product.
  • Experience with testing, documenting tests, and implementing data management.
  • Track record of interfacing closely with manufacturing, and good hands-on skills. (you should be capable of doing your own layups, bags, and trimming).

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 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, Tencent, Toyota, GE, JetBlue, 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 workplace that is open, friendly, and fun, while valuing focus, urgency, camaraderie, and maverick behavior in accomplishing our mission. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflect this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles or at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in Toulouse 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 a significant variable pay component in the cash compensation and equity participation for all employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, dog-friendly offices, daily catered lunch (and healthy snacks), and unlimited paid time off (along with a mandatory end-of-year company shutdown). As a young company, we are continually expanding our benefits, striving to provide our employees with the support they need to be their best both in and outside of the office. In the next few months, we are rolling out a 401(k) plan with company matching contributions and company-sponsored flight training to get your private pilot’s license.

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want you to have 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. 

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).

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