Mechanical Design Engineer

Upstart Power Inc was founded in July 2017 with the purpose of making small scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems a commercial reality. In 2018 we completed the acquisition of the SOFC business from Ballard Power Systems, introduced our concept system and signed distribution and supplier agreements.  2019 promises to be a very exciting year for us, we have finalized a material investment in the business, our field trials are exceeding our expectations, we are on track to get our systems fully certified and are excited to launch our overseas field trials in the second half of the year.  

All of this momentum means that we are looking to expand our team.  If you are creative, have a passion for solving problems and are inspired by the idea of reducing society’s reliance on fossil fuels then please get in touch, we’d love to talk to you.  



  • Work as part of a team to develop low cost, high reliability SOFC systems
  • Individual design work of parts and subassemblies
  • Develop test plans to validate designs



  • Propose solutions to address design challenges, including making an assessment of situations or data and requiring the evaluation of multiple factors and tradeoffs
  • Design reliable, inexpensive parts and assemblies using 3D CAD tools and top down design techniques
  • Work with project management to create and track schedules for mechanical engineering activities
  • Coordinate with purchasing and vendors to procure prototype parts
  • Build and test design prototypes
  • Develop test plans to establish reliability metrics
  • Document all design outputs and test results



  • 3+ years of experience, with a proven track record of successful problem solving and design 
  • Ability to provide creative, yet pragmatic solutions to complex engineering problems
  • Expertise in the use of modern design tools including SolidWorks
  • Experience in the design of sheet-metal components
  • Working knowledge of fluidics, mechanics, heat transfer and materials
  • Knowledge of good engineering practices including drafting standards and tolerance analysis methods
  • Experience with MS office applications including Word, Excel, and Project
  • BS or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills



  • BUILD –You naturally think for the long term, setting solid foundations on which a sustainable business can be built.   
  • PLAN –You like to plan your work, but are flexible and adaptable when things change 
  • DO – It is essential that you have a delivery mind-set and are focussed on results