Mechatronics Systems Engineer

  • mechatronics
  • The Hague, Netherlands

Mechatronics Systems Engineer

Job description

We’re currently looking for a Mechatronics Systems Engineer to join our team!

Our planet’s survival depends on a sustainable energy future. Existing technologies create progress towards this goal, but to accelerate the energy transition we must unlock additional sustainable energy sources. Ampyx Power is developing an Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) that can access powerful wind at high altitude using tethered unmanned aircraft

Do you want to use your unique skills to help us in developing pioneering sustainable energy technology? Join us, and be part of our adventure!


Introducing our team and culture

We believe that a diversity of perspectives, ideas, cultures, and common passion to make a difference is needed to develop our pioneering technology.

Today we have a team of over 50 highly skilled professionals with more than 20 nationalities working from The Hague and Melbourne. We have subsidiary in Ireland from where we can deploy new activities in the near future. Most of our employees have a university degree and several employees have PhD background.

We have a socially open atmosphere in our company, placing value on trust. We think in terms of solutions rather than problems. We challenge each other and act decisively in our day-to-day work. Everyone's input is valuable and we work with clear responsibilities, deadlines and objectives. This way of working has helped us to make significant steps in our airborne technology development over the past 10 years.


What are you going to do?

We work in teams to meet our milestones. These are examples of the teams that we have: the Flight Algorithms Team, the Electronics Team, the Aircraft Design Team, the Software Team, the Flight Operations Team, etc. This vacancy is within our Mechatronics team, a group of 8 experienced Mechatronics Systems Engineers developing automated machines for power generation and launch & land operations.

As a member of the Mechatronics team, you will be involved in the complete development cycle (Conceptual, preliminary and detail design; integration, testing and verification) of our ground and offshore based systems used for the energy conversion, tether handling and automation of the platform mechanisms. In your role you will support the development of the current 3rd generation power generator unit and platform (AP-3) which are scheduled to fly in the second half of 2021, gaining insights on the state-of-the-art in AWE ground systems performance and scalability. Additionally, you will support the conceptual development of our 4th generation, one megawatt, power generation system for onshore and eventually offshore deployment,

In particular you may initially be working on:

  • 150 kW drivetrain and tether handling system commissioning and debugging (AP-3 system)
  • Project management, supplier management and system engineering of the performance analysis and conceptual development of large drive trains, energy storage solutions and power generation systems (megawatt scale AP-4 system), electrical, hydraulic and/or mechanical
  • Supporting the integration and verification of automated mechanisms and large-scale test set-ups

Requirements

What do we need from you to complement the team?

You have an Engineering degree within the realm of mechatronics with 8+ years of experience in the design and development of complex systems including electrical, mechanical and automation aspects.

Ideally you:

  • Are a team player;
  • Are proactive and you take ownership;
  • Like to learn new skills;
  • Adhere to processes and help improving them;
  • Report in a precise and concise manner;
  • Good at writing technical documentation;
  • As you will be part of an international team, you are proficient in English (speaking and writing).

We’d also like you to have in-depth knowledge of / experience with:

  • Electrical power systems: frequency drives, active front ends, storage.
  • Electrical and/or Hydraulic drive trains: architecture, performance assessment, development, implementation
  • PLC software development
  • Energy conversion systems
  • System engineering processes, esp. requirement specification and systematic verification

Not a must-have, but we’d very much welcome the following experiences:

  • Project management
  • Industrial automation hardware
  • Electrical drawings and electrical equipment
  • 3D CAD software (e.g. Solidworks)
  • Experience with MATLAB / Simulink
  • Winch development, rope handling

What do we have to offer?

We offer you an opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy future. You will be working on a unique innovation using state-of-the-art technologies in an international team of enthusiastic professionals. Together, we will be launching our Airborne Wind Energy technology on the market in the next few years.

You can look forward to:

  • A competitive salary between €4000,- and €5000,- adjustable to your talent, knowledge and experience;
  • A personalized work-life balance;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 30 leave days every year;
  • Excellent opportunities for growth via our personal development plan;
  • Excellent opportunities to take initiative and responsibility;
  • Working together with a team of professionals of top international status;
  • Shares in the company as all employees are shareholder;

Where can you find us?

Ampyx Power is located in The Netherlands in the center of The Hague, a ten-minute walk from the Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station. Our office in The Hague is also easily accessible for candidates from, for example, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, Zoetermeer, Leiden, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Haarlem. If you have questions about the company or processes, please send an email to Martijn@ampyxpower.com. If you have more specific, technical questions, please contact Marcos Paz on the following address: marcos@ampyxpower.com


Final request

As we are looking for a Mechatronics Systems Engineer with the right skills, we would like to ask you to send us the following documents with your application:

  • A CV, written in English;
  • A motivation letter, written in English;

After a successful first interview, we would ask you to complete our mechatronics competence assignment meant to assess your skills and experience. 

Agency calls are not appreciated.