Ocean Career: CalWave Power Technologies Associate Mechanical Engineer

CalWave’s mission is to provide reliable, cost-effective ocean wave technologies for sustainable energy access. Our team members are active learners who enjoy working on tough technology problems in massive markets and embody our values of humanity, excellence, and creativity. The company is backed by several development contracts with the US Department of Energy and committed investors.

CalWave is seeking a dynamic and innovative Associate Mechanical Engineer to further advance CalWave’s proprietary and high-performance wave energy converter technology to multi-unit commercial-scale deployments. The selected individual will work closely with CalWave engineers and world-class industry and R&D partners (including UC Berkeley, Sandia National Labs, NREL, and others) to support the mechanical design of CalWave’s Wave Energy Converter, manufacturing and testing of our drive train test bench, and support activities leading towards manufacturing, build-out, and pre-deployment testing of our upcoming open water demonstration prototype.

The preferred candidate should possess strong analytical and technical skills, with a demonstrable ability to understand complex systems. The ideal candidate should have industry and/or project expertise in mechanical engineering and demonstrate superior skills in CAD designing, product development, fabrication and machining, and assembly and commissioning of complex mechanical systems. Experience with design for marine applications, hydraulic systems, sensors and data acquisition, fabrication/machining, and FEA is a plus.


  • Conceptual design, high level architecture evaluation, specifications definition
  • Component selection, detailed CAD design, FEA analysis
  • Preparation of detailed engineering documents and participation in quality reviews
  • Life cycle analysis of mechanical components and structures for marine applications
  • Generation of manufacturing drawings for custom components
  • Outreach and negotiation with component suppliers for quoting and procurement
  • Mechanical system assembly, experimental testing, and troubleshooting


  • BS in mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline
  • 0–3+ years of experience. Spring 2024 expected graduates are welcome to apply.
  • Proficiency in CAD software, Solidworks preferred
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Passionate team worker with self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Currently residing in or willingness to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area

Location & Benefits:

Oakland, CA (Currently WFH). Full-time. Competitive salary and equity options depending on experience. Health care and retirement plan contributions included. Dynamic and impactful work environment.

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