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Naval Architect

Summary: Positions: Naval Architect/ Structural Engineer

Location: Oakland, CA Terms & benefits: Full time, available immediately

How to apply: Submit CV, cover letter and portfolio to

Subject line: Naval Architect Position

Details: CalWave’s mission is to provide a solution to secure clean, affordable and reliable electricity and freshwater for coastal communities. CalWave is seeking a dynamic and innovative Naval Architect/Structural 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 CalWave’s world class industry and R&D partners (including UC Berkeley, Sandia National Labs, NREL, and others) to lead the system structural design of CalWave’s Wave Energy Converter hull and support design evolution and refinement of overall system architecture and associated systems. The ideal candidate has industry and/or project expertise in naval architecture and structural engineering and can demonstrate superior skills in CAD designing, structural design, design for manufacturing, structural analysis including FEA for strength, buckling and fatigue analysis, hydrodynamic stability of ocean going structures and vessels.


  • Design and engineering of offshore structures with focus on performance, fabrication and cost optimization.
  • Life cycle analysis of mechanical components and structures for marine applications.
  • Static and dynamic nonlinear structural analysis – ultimate and fatigue strength, FEA
  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications
  • Supplier management and management of PLM systems.
  • Preparation of fabrication drawings for offshore structures
  • Support team in all aspects of concept development, analysis, design and specification.
  • Support systems engineering efforts, participate in design reviews.


  • Minimum qualifications MS (or BS with relevant experience) in naval architecture or ocean engineering or related field
  • 3-5+ years of experience in marine industry
  • Proficient with CAD e.g. Inventor, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Rhino, etc.
  • Experience in FEA such as ANYSYS, ABAQUS or others
  • Experience with hydrodynamic analysis software AQWA, WAMIT®, etc.
  • Experience with standards for offshore structures such as IEC TS 62600, ABS FOWTI/FPI/MODU, BV ROU, DNV OS and/or API RP2A
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Passionate team worker with self-starter and entrepreneurial sprit

Location & Benefits: Oakland, CA. Full-time. Competitive salary and equity options depending on experience. A health care supplement is included. Dynamic and impactful work environment. Access to state of the art machine shop and training options (metal shop, mill, CNC, waterjet, welding, 3D printing, others).

Equal Employment Opportunity: CalWave Power Technologies Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Background: CalWave Power Technologies Inc. (CalWave) is developing a game-changing next generation and patent pending Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to harness the vastly available, predictable and stable energy from ocean waves to serve coastal communities. CalWave spun out from UC Berkeley, graduated from Cyclotron Road at the end of 2016 and was awarded by DOE US Wave Energy Prize. In 2017, CalWave was awarded for a multi-million demonstration contract by the US DOE and received support by Breakout Labs and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance. In 2019, CalWave received two additional multi-million dollar awards by DOE contract to 1) build a commercial scale drive train in parallel to our open water demo and 2) design the next generation of its submerged pressure differential WEC. Wave power has the technically achievable potential to power 20-30% of US and EUs electricity needs. According to the US DOE the Wave Energy Technical Resource Total US is 898-1229 TWh/year (22-30% of demand) Environmental impact and sustainability are a critical concern of CalWave. The 2018 State of Knowledge For Environmental Effects and the 2016 State of the Science report summarizes and places in context information about the environmental effects of marine energy systems, to the extent that the information is currently available.