Job Description

Job Description
This position is the center-point of people, plants and planet. We are looking for someone who has an eye for design, a love of material, an appreciation of the scientific and the mindset of sustainability. As the Design Engineer, you will be responsible for carrying out a variety of product development duties including research and prototyping new products and materials. You will collaborate with the design and production teams on various design projects, using in-depth knowledge of the latest design trends across industries furniture, fashion, architecture, automotive and consumer goods. The right candidate has a voice of their own and makes it their mission to elevate form, feel & function.

-Design, prototype, analyze, and launch a variety of exciting new products.
-Collaborate with industrial design and cross functional engineering teams as well as external vendors and partners.
-Setting the vision for the development and coordination of interior and exterior color and materials design for all farm models.
-Evaluate materials, texture, finishes.
-Work with suppliers to identify material properties to meet operational requirements.
-Work with suppliers to match materials and cost with sustainable sourcing and manufacturing.
-Use design software to develop models and drawings of new products.
-Maintain existing engineering records and designs.
-Assess all engineering prototypes to determine issues or risks.
-Estimate cost limits and budgets for new designs.
-Supervise the manufacturing process of all designs.
-Coordinate with other engineers, leadership and the creative department.

-Bachelor’s degree in Design Engineering, Engineering, Product Design or relevant field.
-Technical background in product design, architecture, tolerance analysis, structural analysis, or top-down CAD design.
-Wide knowledge of engineering materials and manufacturing methods including prototyping, process development, and mass production.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Proficient with Solidworks CAD software.
-Ability to plan, schedule, coordinate and problem solve effectively.
-Design Research Experience.

Senior candidates will have the following:
-Experience interfacing with vendors and developing qualified supply chains.
-Experience with performing tolerance studies on mechanical equipment and assemblies.
-Experience with engineering change control processes and managing dynamic product -designs in the transition to validated manufacturing.
-Familiarity with creation and execution of test plans.
-Ability to make strategic decisions based on market and competitor analysis.

Application Details

Please include your resume, portfolio and LinkedIn profile. Additionally, please submit a 2 minute video telling us about yourself and why you want to work with Freight Farms. This is considered your first round in the application process and will determine if we decide to move forward with a video interview. Please make sure you set the sharing settings to public for any link. Alternatively, you can head to our website and proceed to the application process there. Thank you!

Freight Farms

Freight Farms was incorporated in 2013 by Brad McNamara and Jon Friedman, who saw a need for urban agriculture to emerge as a competitive industry in the food landscape. They began in 2010 by focusing on rooftop greenhouses, but quickly realized that, to achieve their goals, they needed a modular and scalable solution. In an effort to cut down on costs and logistics, Brad and Jon began to seriously consider building their new technology inside shipping containers. Not only were containers widely available, but they would allow farms to exist in areas that couldn't support traditional methods. As a result, Freight Farms was born with the mission of building the infrastructure and technology that can allow local food to thrive.

When Brad and Jon started Freight Farms, there was no "Ag Tech" industry - they weren't even sure how to explain the concept to friends and family! Fast forward to 2020. Agriculture technology has emerged as a fast-growing industry with Freight Farms at the forefront. Not only was Freight Farms one of the first companies to emerge as an Ag Tech leader, but it was the first to build a farm inside of a shipping container, and - with the launch of the Greenery™ in 2019 - the first to iterate on the original design.

Here at Freight Farms, we have a passionate customer base of small businesses, entrepreneurs, traditional farmers, hotels and restaurants, corporate campuses, universities, and non-profits. Every day, we are working on new technology to modernize farming and bring transparency to the food industry.

Today, we have Freight Farmers around the world: snowy Canadian wildernesses, Middle Eastern deserts, concrete urban jungles, and everything in between. While our Freight Farmers have different backgrounds, they all want to shorten the distance that food travels from farm to table. Our farmers rely on container farms as a source of high-quality and sustainable produce, 365 days a year.

As a group, we are dedicated to viewing our business, values, hiring, company culture, and farmer community through the lens of diversity, inclusion and justice. In June 2020, Freight Farms created Open Doors in order to use and amplify our voices to uplift our community. With time, empathy, knowledge, and introspection, we want to create a change. The following is a promise to our farmers and the wider urban farming community:

To embrace and seek greater inclusivity and diversity of all kinds within the company and our industry, we will:

1. AMPLIFY, EMPOWER, INSPIRE. Building an inclusive and diverse farmer community starts by sharing the stories and wisdom of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQA+ farmers. It is through these stories that we will empower future farmers.

2. EDUCATE. We can’t change what we don’t know. The Freight Farms team will stay inquisitive and engaged in the past, present, and future of agricultural, food, and urban farming policies. We will share our growing knowledge and awareness with the greater Freight Farms community.

3. SUPPORT. We will actively support aspiring Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQA+ individuals in their search to find the right financial resources. It is our duty to serve these groups as they work to overcome the systemic hurdles that prevent them from farming.

4. EVOLVE. We will work tirelessly to create effective and affordable farming solutions so that anyone, anywhere can bring the joy of good food to their communities.

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