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Electrode Mixing Engineer - Fishers, IN

Company: EnPower, Inc.
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

EnPower, Inc. is an early-stage startup developing next-generation Li-ion batteries that have fast-charging and long cycle-life capabilities-critical enablers to the mass electrification of vehicles. Our R&D, pilot-manufacturing, and sales operations are based out of our engineering facility & headquarters located in the north Phoenix, AZ. We are expanding our team in the Fishers/Indianapolis area to increase our manufacturing efforts. We are passionate about what we do, and are looking for high-voltage, high-ampere individuals to join our team!

Read about our recent awards and more: www.enpowerinc.com

Job Description

The Electrode Mixing Engineer will be responsible for the multitude of process steps in creating the slurry prior to coating of electrodes. As each individual step in the cell assembly process is critical for high-performing batteries, the electrode mixing engineer will work cross-functionally to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) are properly established, documented, and followed meticulously. You must be dexterous and detail oriented. The electrode mixing engineer will primarily be responsible for the mixing and powder delivery processes. The electrode mixing engineer will be responsible for identifying, qualifying and driving continuous improvement on the equipment used to deliver the powders and create the slurry. Expected duties include driving yield improvement, increasing throughput in the entire mixing and coating process, identifying various types of metrology equipment that allow or real time control and adjustment to the equipment and process to create the highest quality and lowest total cost battery cell in the market.

Responsibilities

  • Set up, calibrate, and run metrology equipment to characterize materials and create the slurry.
  • Define manufacturing strategies for pilot, and/or mass production volume production with several order of magnitude improvement
  • Perform research and development activities for new Mix system design and technologies
  • Combine innovative mechanical, controls, and process techniques to establish novel approaches to improve mixing efficiency and material charge/discharge times while maintaining product quality
  • Investigate feasibility studies to aid validation of Mixing manufacturing strategies
  • Work with external and internal equipment suppliers to design and deliver manufacturing line
  • Develop process and equipment specifications, assess vendor capabilities and make sourcing recommendations based on data
  • Solve technically complex problems using fundamental, data driven methodologies
  • Work with cell material suppliers on electrode related issues in production, lead teams to assess path forward
  • Ensure equipment and process compliance with applicable standards, policies, acts, regulations and code Qualifications
    • Bachelors/Masters/PhD degree in Chemical/Mechanical Engineering, or similar technical field
    • 1-3 years of experience working with Mixing equipment and Metrology
    • Familiar with Measurement System Analysis (MSA) and Gauge Repeatability & Reproducibility (GR&R), with strong foundation in statistics and data analysis
    • Experience in setting up and running Mixing equipment design. Familiar with batch mixers, continuous mixers, and slurry delivery systems. Understands intricacies of complex material order of additions based on material property data
    • Has knowledge of highly accurate powder conveyance (e.g. screw feeders, air locks, pneumatic feeders, storage hoppers, filter receivers, dust collectors), liquid and slurry conveyance (e.g. various pumps, flowmeters, cooling/heating control loops, etc.)
    • Proven ability to scale process/equipment from lab to high volume
    • Experience in high-throughput manufacturing and data collection (MES). Has knowledge of Mixing modeling (e.g. Comsol, ANSYS, etc.
    • Experience in solving manufacturing engineering and production challenges
    • Ability to follow through and make significant progress in a fast pace, demanding, dynamic environment
    • Critical problem-solving skills: ability to ask the right people, the right questions at the right time in the right way
    • Detail oriented: ability to become subject matter expert in order to make informed decisions
    • Curiosity: demonstrate level of interest that enables inventiveness
    • Execution: demonstrate that follow through is given as much attention as problem solving
    • Capable of working as a member of a team across several cross functional disciplines, including product design, quality, production, supply chain, controls, external vendors, etc.
    • Able to work under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines of multiple simultaneous projects and challenges
    • Strong problem-solving skills and aptitude for learning systems quickly
    • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as requirements of position
      Company Fit
      • Self-driven, independent, and capable of solving problems on the fly
      • Passionate about the work, the team, and the planet
      • Ability to work in a diverse, intellectually challenging, and rapid-paced team
      • Must love dogs
        Additional Information

        All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: EnPower, Inc., Indianapolis , Electrode Mixing Engineer - Fishers, IN, Engineering , Indianapolis, Indiana

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