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Chief Mechanical Engineer



Other Engineering
Wixom, MI, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Remora is hiring a Chief Mechanical Engineer who will drive the hardware development of the Remora mobile carbon capture device from concept through production. This role will lead requirement generation, component development, component sourcing, and systems testing, while ensuring design deliverables meet aggressive timelines.

We’re a 50-person climate tech startup based in Detroit, MI. We're building a device that captures a semi-truck’s carbon emissions directly from the tailpipe. We'll sell the CO2 to end-users, and share that revenue with our customers, so our device will create a new revenue stream while reducing their emissions.

We've signed up some of the largest companies in the world to pilot our technology, including iconic multibillion-dollar brands, top trucking companies, and some of the most recognizable Fortune 100 companies. We’ve raised multiple rounds of funding from top investors like Lowercarbon Capital, Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, Y Combinator, and Valor Equity Partners.


  • Lead: Utilizing your unusually strong skills in leadership, communication, ownership, and strategic thinking, drive the research and development of the hardware systems in the Remora device in partnership with our subject matter experts and suppliers.
  • Mentor: Guide less experienced team members in design and decision making while fostering a collaborative and creative environment.
  • Collaborate: Serve as a point person for the Mechanical Engineering team with other members of the Engineering team, and share regular updates on progress with the team.
  • Design: Generate requirements and provide design direction and decision making for the system based on regulations, existing standards, and new standards created by Remora.
  • Develop: Lead design reviews, develop analytical and computational models, and DFMEA/DVP&Rs; including bench and system testing plans, pre-production verification and validation, and production design release.
  • Plan: Set strategy, delivery, and goals for the teams working on the sub-systems in order to achieve sub-system requirements on an aggressive timeline.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or a related field
  • 15+ years of mechanical engineering experience
  • Experience with large scale systems including some of the following: Industrial, Bio-Pharma, Oil & Gas, Modular Process Skid Design, including heat exchangers, pumps, valves, instruments, pressure vessels, and associated interconnected piping
  • Experience with P&ID generation and maintenance
  • Experience leading a team of engineers to achieve design deliverables in an R&D environment
  • Experience moving quickly and making decisions with significant uncertainty
  • Experience rapidly learning about novel technologies and identifying new technologies for integration into systems
  • Experience working closely with suppliers and driving them to aggressive timelines

Preferred Requirements:

Many different profiles would be relevant for this role, so candidates are not expected to have all of these experiences listed below:

  • Experience with mobile vehicles, ideally with heavy-duty vehicles in industries such as heavy-duty truck, automotive - specifically diesel engines and exhaust, aeronautical, locomotive, marine
  • Experience with industrial gas separation, ideally PVSA/TSA gas separation processes
  • Experience with the use of non-automotive technologies in an automotive application
  • Experience with fluid flow optimization for reducing system losses and power
  • 5+ years of R&D experience working on first-of-its-kind, complex hardware products with short timelines and limited resources
  • Experience generating CAD designs, both 3D and 2D, along with CAE/FEA/CFD simulation and analysis
  • Experience at a venture-backed startup

Here’s what we value:

  • Mission First: We are laser-focused on our mission. We have chosen to take on the defining challenge of our time, and we don’t shy away from the hard decisions required to put our mission first, no matter how tough. The world needs our technology and it won’t happen any time soon if we don’t make it happen. We are a low-ego team, and we prioritize the mission over our self-interest. We think strategically with an eye to the long term, and we clearly separate what must be done well now, and what can be improved later, despite ambiguity.
  • Burning Urgency: Our hard-core intensity and work ethic match the crisis we’re in. We have a strong bias toward action, and we execute with focus and speed. In the absence of guidance, we take charge, lead our teammates, and accomplish our goals. We aren’t afraid to change course when something isn’t working, and we find solutions even when it seems like there are none. We are cool under pressure, and our quiet determination and drive are unwavering. We relentlessly push ourselves and each other to improve. We don’t accept adequate performance. Excellence is the expectation. Many would say our standards are unreasonably high, and many would say our goals are unreasonably bold, but we are hungry to be exceptional. We will never give up, no matter what. If we get knocked down, we get back up, every time. We will not fail.
  • Uncompromising Honesty: We are always honest with ourselves, our teammates, our customers, our investors, our suppliers, our communities, and all of our partners, especially about what’s not going well and what we don’t know. When we see issues, risks, or challenges, we speak up, and when we make mistakes, we admit them proactively and take full accountability. We challenge others directly when we disagree, even when it’s uncomfortable, and we seek this uncompromising honesty from others.
  • Treat People Exceptionally Well: We care intensely about everyone who is on this mission with us, and our standard is exceptional respect for our teammates, partners, and communities. Teammates who bring different perspectives and backgrounds are essential to our success, and we empower everyone to share their voice. We listen to truly understand. We constantly encourage and help our teammates, and inspire each other with our enthusiasm and optimism.
  • Joyful Curiosity: We love to learn, and we learn quickly. We explore the unknown with wonder and excitement. We reason from first principles. We generate original ideas with an open mind and test them quickly in the real world. We take risks and adapt as we discover more. We explore many ideas in parallel, and we don’t count on a silver bullet solution. We share our ideas freely with our teammates. We are skeptical about conventional wisdom, and we question every assumption and requirement. We are always looking for ways to simplify. We are rigorous and attentive to detail. We are eager to understand all aspects of our business and technology, and we contribute effectively outside our individual specialties. We never stop learning.


  • Location: Wixom, MI
  • Start date: Immediately

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $151,000 - $217,500
  • Competitive Stock Options
  • Healthcare (Aetna)
  • Retirement (401k)
  • Student loan assistance
  • Three Weeks of paid time off
  • Eleven Holidays off
  • Dependent care assistance (childcare or eldercare)
  • Parental leave
  • Unlimited sick and compassionate leave
  • Employee development and coaching
  • Office setup (remote) or relocation (in-person) stipend
Climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color, so we’re looking for candidates deeply committed to reducing emissions and to racial justice. People who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, female, non-binary, trans, gender non-conforming, or any other identity underrepresented in startups are especially encouraged to apply.
Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to think they are qualified for a position after reading a list of requirements like the one above. If you are worried that you are not qualified, please apply anyway! We’re most excited to work with people who learn quickly and want to tackle the climate crisis.