Position: Product Development Engineer
Type: Full Time  
Department: Product Development
Reports to: Director of Product Development 
Location: San Rafael, CA, USA

About Zep Solar

Zep Solar, Inc. was founded in 2009 by PV industry veterans seeking to advance the proliferation of solar energy through well designed PV mounting and grounding products. With its patented Zep Groove™ PV module frame technology, a catalog of its own mounting and grounding hardware, and third party Zep Compatible™ products, Zep Solar has created the world's first PV module integrated installation technology platform. The Zep Compatible platform drastically reduces the cost and complexity of designing, shipping, warehousing, and installing PV systems. The company's prominent PV module manufacturing licensees include Canadian Solar, Centrosolar, ET Solar, Trina Solar, UpSolar, Yingli Solar, Sharp Solar, Hanwha SolarOne, Eco-Kinetics and a growing number of micro-electronic licensee partners such as Enphase Energy and SolarEdge Technologies.

Position Summary

The Product Development Engineer is a key creative innovator responsible for developing design concepts into viable product offerings that help keep Zep Solar at the forefront of the photovoltaic installation market.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with creative team to develop design concepts
  • Design, engineer, and develop solar installation hardware and accessories
  • Manage all aspects of product design projects including product roadmap and support personnel/consultants
  • Create detailed CAD drawings (in SolidWorks) and specifications
  • Develop prototypes and coordinate with machine shops and vendors
  • Design programs to simulate stress/strain using FEA
  • Coordinate with Applications Engineering Dept, Product Management, and Test Engineers to integrate installation issues and customer feedback into design development
  • Coordinate with Manufacturing Dept and suppliers to evaluate manufacturability, cost issues, and other criteria
  • Participate in research, development and testing projects

Position Qualifications

  • Experience:
  • 7+ years design experience with metal products similar to PV system mounting hardware
  • Experience with metal machining and manufacturing processes, specifically manufacture of st. steel/aluminum screw machine parts from metal bar/block stock
  • Experience with large volume production
  • Knowledge of and experience with different metals and alloys
  • Ability to take on responsibility, thrive under tight deadlines, and work well with a team
  • Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field
  • Language: Fluent in English
  • Technical Skills:
  • Must be very proficient in Solidworks and CAD software, 3-D modeling and 3-D prototyping
  • Excellent in all office programs (word, excel, power point etc.)
  • Travel: None.
  • Work Visa: Authorized to work in United States
  • Interpersonal Skills

    • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Able to work under pressure and tight deadlines 
    • Strong project management, organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail
    • The ability to generate new ideas and follow through to completion
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
    • Excellent people skills and an enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-Driven, self-motivated, and able to make responsible decisions
    • Ability to effectively interface with senior management and staff
    • Superior professionalism, judgment, and strong work ethic.
    • Great team player and able to adapt to work in a multi-cultural environment, across different departments
    • Must be able to reside in the San Francisco Bay Area