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AeroFarms // indoor vertical farming
Engineering, Full Time    Newark, NJ    Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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As a Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms is a mission-driven company with global headquarters in Newark, NJ, championing indoor vertical farming & fundamentally transforming agriculture. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the Worlds Most Innovative Companies & by as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies in the World, AeroFarms is scaling to meet the demand for our fresh, locally grown produce that is setting new culinary standards, & we need someone special who can bring their experience in engineering to help us grow further. Must be aligned with our mission & passionate about making a difference. 

We have:

  • An incredible change-the-world company with the eyes of the world focused on our success.
  • A team of motivated, intellectually-curious individuals to support you.
  • Backed by some seriously impressive firms including Goldman Sachs, Prudential, leading VCs, and strategic partners with a view on global expansion. 

Job Description

AeroFarms is looking for a Manufacturing Engineer for engineering support of manufacturing operations & implementation of new systems that meet the business requirements of stakeholders across the company.

In this position, you will play a major role supporting the manufacturing operations, creating line layouts, equipment specifications, integration, troubleshooting, design, functionality & improvement of farming operation systems.


  • Responsible for the design, development, modification & implementation of equipment & processes to aid in the overall manufacturing process in a food environment.
  • Collaborates with various departments to utilize equipment to improve employee safety, production quality, equipment reliability & overall equipment effectiveness.
  • Work directly with production, operations & engineering to ensure schedules, commitments, quality & safety objectives are met.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while completing project objectives & timelines.
  • Responsible for technology transfer from Engineering to Operations to ensure new systems perform as designed & meets all performance targets.
  • Assist in the preparation of engineering project proposals.
  • Established FAT requirements for equipment & systems, attends FAT testing & approves equipment for delivery to the project site.
  • Lead & participate in design reviews.
  • Lead, coordinate & support new equipment integration & equipment modifications.
  • Independently evaluate existing equipment, methods, processes & procedures & identify opportunities for safety improvement, cost & product quality.
  • Hands on support of new & existing equipment & processes.
  • Assist with the development & implementation of preventative maintenance programs based on industry knowledge.
  • Ensure current safety regulations are followed for all equipment used in manufacturing.
  • Submit & track Purchase Orders to align with project deadlines.

You Have:

  • B.S. degree in mechanical, manufacturing, industrial or related engineering.
  • 5+ years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in a food processing & packaging environment.
  • 2+ years Project Management experience (PM certificate a plus).
  • 2+ years direct floor support of food processing & packaging equipment.
  • Experience with process/equipment validation, documentation & execution IQ, OQ, PQ.
  • Proven track record of delivery on projects involving equipment procurement, integration & commissioning for food operations.
  • Hands on mechanical experience, ability to troubleshoot complex mechanical equipment.
  • Knowledge of PLC controlled systems & ladder logic.
  • Strong understanding of food package functionality & interrelationship with packaging equipment & processes.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with cross functional teams in the food industry.
  • Experience in creating & delivering presentations to senior management & stakeholders.
  • Experience in the food industry using food processing equipment, filling equipment & end of line packaging equipment (experience in hydroponics or agricultural systems a plus).
  • Strong knowledge of OSHA & FDA requirements.
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to participate in & manage work associated with multiple projects across various disciplines.
  • Demonstrates creativity & strong problem solving skills.
  • Advanced PC skills including AutoCAD, MS Project, Word & Excel (SolidWorks a plus).
  • Experience working with automation equipment, structural components, control systems, plumbing & electrical components.
  • Physical requirements to work on projects may include lifting of up to 50 lbs.
  • Site visits may require the ability to climb stairs, walk long distances (more than 100 yards) & stooping, kneeling, or bending for extended periods of time.
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