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Senior Drivetrain Engineer


Positions: Senior Drivetrain Design and Test Engineer

Location: Oakland, CA

Terms & Benefits: Full time, available immediately

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

Subject Line: Drivetrain Engineer

Position Details

CalWave’s mission is to provide a solution to secure clean, affordable and reliable electricity and freshwater for coastal communities. 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 U.S. Department of Energy and committed investors.

CalWave is seeking a dynamic and innovative Lead Drivetrain 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 support the drivetrain architectural design of CalWave’s Wave Energy Converter and support design evolution and refinement of overall system architecture and associated systems.

The preferred candidate should have experience designing rotary drivetrains for large heavy duty applications (100 kW+), experience with design of coupled gearing, electric machine, and/or hydraulic machine involving sizing, specification, procurement and operation of rotary drivetrains.

The preferred candidate should possess strong analytical and technical skills, with demonstrable ability to understand complex systems, identify both opportunities and hurdles to drivetrain development from a technical and cost perspective, and develop conceptual and detailed modeling tools to capture potential impacts and benefits at the system level.  The ideal candidate will also have experience in cross-functional coordination with technical disciplines involved in hardware prototyping activities, Hardware-In-The-Loop testing, power system managing and storage (batteries, capacitors), and correlating control design.

This role will also include defining and executing system-level design trade studies to inform the cost and performance-optimizing system designs. Subsequently, this role will focus on developing and de-risking mechanical design concepts and assembly approaches to realize a scalable, modular product architecture that is readily field assembled.


  • Design and engineering of rotating mechanical drivetrains and adjunct electro-mechanical systems with focus on power performance, fabrication, and cost optimization.
  • Component selection and/or design for gearing solutions, electric machines (top level), shaft design, bearings.
  • Support systems engineering efforts with focus on mechanical and electric drivetrain systems.
  • Life cycle analysis of mechanical components and structures for marine applications.
  • Outreach to and negotiations with product and component suppliers.
  • Support team in all aspects of concept development, analysis, design and specification.


  • Minimum qualifications MS (or BS with relevant experience) in mechanical engineering
  • 3-5+ years of experience in heavy duty industry
  • Experience with high torque mechanical drive trains
  • Proficient with modeling tools suitable for drivetrain design such as Matlab Simulink or similar.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Passionate team worker with self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit

Location & Benefits:

Oakland, CA (Currently WFH). 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.

At CalWave, we are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. CalWave is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Company 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 the DOE US Wave Energy Prize. In 2017, CalWave was awarded for a multi-million open water demonstration contract by the US DOE. 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.