Windlift’s Mission

Windlift’s mission is to produce energy for a sustainable civilization. We strongly believe that this is the defining challenge of our time. To meet this challenge, we are designing and building airborne power generators that use 90% less material than a comparable wind turbine. This is a big deal and it’s exceptionally hard. Windlift has been working on this technology for over 10 years, and we now have line of sight to completing technical development and bringing an airborne wind energy product to the world.

If you are passionate about our mission and want to join a team developing a technology with the potential to produce scalable, low cost sustainable energy, we’d like to talk with you!

Windlift’s Values

Imaginative Innovation

Honest Collaboration

AWEd by Nature

Build Value

We find creative solutions to intractable problems

We work as one team, and value open and honest conversation

We are amazed by the beauty of natural systems,
and work to protect them

We perfect simulations, create prototypes,
and run experiments to learn from execution

Benefits

Competitive Salary

Company sponsored healthcare plans

Retirement plan contributions (401k)

Comprehensive paid time off (PTO) program

Frequent company social activities and events

Diversity and Inclusion

Windlift is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, and making a workplace where all employees feel at home. To accomplish this, we believe it is essential to listen to our employees and take action so that every employee can thrive. We celebrate the individuals who make our team great – and successful, so that we can all bring about a better future.

Current Openings

Aircraft / UAV Lead Design Engineer

Windlift’s mission is to produce energy for a sustainable civilization. We strongly believe that this is the defining challenge of our time. To meet this challenge, we are designing and building airborne power generators that use 95% less material than a comparable wind turbine. This is a big deal, and it’s exceptionally hard. Windlift has been working on this technology for over 10 years, and we’re now poised to be awarded substantial funding from our first customer that will provide the resources to dramatically expand our efforts.

If you are passionate about our mission and want to join a team developing a technology that could make a real difference in the world, we’d like to talk with you.

Windlift is hiring a Lead Design Engineer. The UAV team will design the tethered aircraft we call an airborne power generator, with responsibility for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis, manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, and actuators. As the Team Leader, You:

  • Have a BS/MS in Mechanical, Aerospace or equivalent engineering, with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Have experience building and managing engineering teams (currently envisioned as 2-3 engineers and growing in future years).
  • Have a strong understanding of how composites are manufactured and are excited about working closely with the co-located build team to make your designs as efficient and easily manufacturable as possible.
  • Have extensive experience designing composite aircraft, including CAD modeling, FEA, control surface design, etc.
  • Love to learn and experiment and look forward to the opportunity to meld your aviation experience with Windlift’s knowledge of the world of airborne wind energy, making a better product in the process.
  • Can find the correct balance between respecting traditional design (“what works”) and imagining a better way in view of materials and component improvements (“what if”).
  • Make decisions about design by optimizing the system rather than components.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience with or be interested in learning about the design and manufacture of propeller-turbines, a very complex multi-objective design requiring strong analytical skills.
  • Be able to sit down and design an aircraft from the ground up.
  • Be proficient with general mechanical design, including feedback control of motors, gearing, bolted joints, power transmission elements, etc.
  • Have a working knowledge of electrical systems and control theory, including flight controller integration and stability analysis.
  • Have working knowledge of CFD.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Start Date: October 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided. Will consider relocation assistance for well-qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers [at] windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aircraft / UAV Mechanical Design Engineer

We’re hiring a design engineer. The Airborne Power Generator team will design the airborne power generator, with responsibility for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis and manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, hard points for tether attachment, and actuators. As a design engineer on this team, You:

  • Have a BS/MS Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent engineering with 5+ years experience
  • Have extensive experience designing composite aircraft, focusing on producing clean CAD models (SolidWorks or similar) of a complete aircraft.
  • Have a strong understanding of how high-performance composite structures are manufactured that guides your design process.
  • Are comfortable in a rapidly changing environment that will require rapid design turns and may require you to learn about/design earth anchors, electromechanical tethers, or other mechanical systems.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience with or be interested in learning about the design and manufacture of propeller-turbines, a very complex multi-objective design requiring strong analytical skills.
  • Have a broad understanding of manufacturing processes.
  • Be proficient with general mechanical design, including gearing, bolted joints, chains, belts, feedback control of motors, etc.
  • Be interested in exploring additive manufacturing (3D printing) for composites.
  • Have a working knowledge of aeronautic systems.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided. Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aircraft / UAV Manufacturing Engineer

We’re hiring a manufacturing engineer. The Airborne Power Generator team will design the airborne power generator, with responsibility for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis and manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, hard points for tether attachment, and actuators. As a Manufacturing Engineer on this team, You:

  • Have a BS Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with 5+ years experience.
  • Will design an agile workflow (automated where practical) that takes APG CAD geometry through the complete manufacturing process to finished components.
  • Have extensive experience with SolidWorks or similar CAD modelling tools.
  • Have experience with designing composite tooling and fixturing for high performance composites.
  • Have experience with or are interested in learning to program CNC machine tools.
  • Are excited about working closely with a co-located build team.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have broad experience with other manufacturing processes (i.e. machining, turning, laser cutting, welding, woodwork).
  • Be interested in exploring additive manufacturing (3D printing) for composites.
  • Be familiar with the manufacture of composite propeller/turbines.
  • Have a working knowledge of aeronautical systems.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided. Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Controls Engineer (multiple openings at multiple levels)

We’re hiring multiple controls engineers at different education and experience levels. The controls team will model components of the airborne power generator, develop and test control algorithms in simulation, update the simulator and autopilot software as required, and support flight testing. You:

  • Have a BS in an engineering field, and 2 years of experience working with control systems or a higher degree,
  • Have a strong background in control theory,
  • Have a working knowledge of modelling and simulating dynamic systems,
  • Can read, modify, and debug software (C++),
  • Can process data by writing scripts (MATLAB) or in spreadsheets (Excel), and
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also have experience with some of the following:

  • Flight mechanics and aerodynamics
  • Embedded systems or flight controllers,
  • Communications and electrical integration for sensors (such as high dynamics GPS, IMU, or LiDAR) and actuators (servos, motor controllers),
  • Kalman filtering/ sensor fusion,
  • Source code management tools,
  • The CANopen communication protocol,
  • Ardupilot software, or
  • RC flight such as piloting, operating drones, writing preflight checklists, etc.

Start date: September 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided. Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hardware Test Engineer

We’re hiring a hardware test engineer to be a part of our testing team. The test team will handle all flight and subsystem testing. More specifically, the hardware test engineer would be responsible for writing test procedures and safety protocols, designing and building test fixtures, developing processes and scripts for acquiring and processing test data, processing data and reporting test results, and maintaining all system hardware during testing. You:

  • Have an engineering degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field.
  • Have experience designing and building from a “blank sheet”.
  • Have experience working with sensors, load cells, data acquisition systems, data processing, and circuitry.
  • Have hands-on design and prototyping skills (including soldering, woodworking, electronics).
  • Are detail oriented.
  • Are comfortable with mild travel and outdoor work during occasional multi-day testing trips.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also have experience with some of the following:

  • LabView and/or MATLAB.
  • Autopilot systems (Mission Planner, QGroundControl).
  • Radio control aircraft construction and maintenance
  • Writing flight test plans and pre-flight checklists.
  • Industry practices regarding safe and efficient aircraft testing and validation.

Start date: November 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided. Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Windlift’s Mission

Windlift’s mission is to produce energy for a sustainable civilization. We strongly believe that this is the defining challenge of our time. To meet this challenge, we are designing and building airborne power generators that use 95% less material than a comparable wind turbine. This is a big deal and it’s hard. Windlift has been working on this technology for over 10 years, and we now have line of sight to completing technical development and bringing an airborne wind energy product to the world.

If you are passionate about our mission and want to join a team developing a technology with the potential to produce scalable, low-cost and sustainable energy, we’d like to talk with you!

Windlift’s Values

Imaginative Innovation

We find creative solutions to intractable problems

Honest Collaboration

We work as one team, and value open and honest communications

AWEd by Nature

We are amazed by the beauty of natural systems, and work to protect them

Build Value

We perfect simulations, create prototypes, and run experiments to learn from execution

Benefits

Competitive Salary

Company sponsored healthcare plans

Retirement plan contributions (401k)

Comprehensive paid time off (PTO) program

Frequent company social activities and events

Diversity and Inclusion

Windlift is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, and making a workplace where all employees feel at home. To accomplish this, we believe it is essential to listen to our employees and take action so that every employee can thrive. We celebrate the individuals who make our team great – and successful, so that we can all bring about a better future.

Current Openings

Aircraft / UAV Lead Design Engineer

We’re hiring a Lead Design Engineer. This team will design the airborne power generator, with responsibility for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis and manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, hard points for tether attachment, and actuators. As the team leader, You:

  • Have a BS/MS Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent engineering degree w/ 10+ years
  • Have extensive experience designing composite aircraft, including CAD modeling, stability analysis, FEM modeling, control surface design, etc.
  • Have a strong understanding of how composites are manufactured and are excited about working closely with the co-located build team to make your designs as efficient and easily manufacturable as possible.
  • Have experience with building high performing teams as you are empowered to build out your team, currently envisioned as 2-3 engineers and growing in future years.
  • Make decisions about design by optimizing the system rather than components.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience with or be interested in learning about the design and manufacture of propeller-turbines, a very complex multi-objective design requiring strong analytical skills.
  • Be able to sit down and design an aircraft from the ground up.
  • Be proficient with general mechanical design, including feedback control of motors, gearing, bolted joints, power transmission elements, etc.
  • Have a working knowledge of electrical systems and control theory.
  • Have working knowledge of CFD.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Estimated Start Date: September 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided.  Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aircraft / UAV Mechanical Design Engineer

We’re hiring an APG Design Engineer. The APG Team will design the airborne power generator and have responsibility for balancing tradeoffs between for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis and manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, hard points for tether attachment, and actuators. As a Design Engineer on the APG Team, You:

  • Have a BS/MS in Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent engineering with 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Have extensive experience designing composite aircraft, focusing on producing clean CAD models (Solidworks or similar) of a complete aircraft.
  • Have a strong understanding of how composite structures are manufactured and utilize that knowledge to design parts that are easy to manufacture.
  • Are comfortable in a rapidly changing environment that will require rapid design turns and may require you to learn about/design earth anchors, electromechanical tethers, or other mechanical systems.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers, all working towards producing.
  • Love to learn and experiment and look forward to the opportunity to meld your aviation experience with Windlift’s knowledge of the world of airborne wind energy, making a better product in the process.
  • Can find the correct balance between respecting traditional design (“what works”) and imagining a better way in view of materials and component improvements (“what if”).
  • Make decisions about design by optimizing the system rather than components.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience with or be interested in learning about the design of propeller-turbines, a very complex multi-objective design requiring strong analytical skills.
  • Have a broad understanding of other manufacturing processes, particularly aluminum machining and welding.
  • Be proficient with general mechanical design, including gearing, bolted joints, chains, belts, feedback control of motors, etc.
  • Be interested in exploring additive manufacturing (3D printing) for composites.
  • Be familiar with the detailed design and manufacture of composite propeller/turbines.
  • Have a working knowledge of aeronautic systems.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided.  Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aircraft / UAV Manufacturing Engineer

We’re hiring an APG Manufacturing Engineer. The APG team will design the airborne power generator and have responsibility for balancing tradeoffs between for the airfoil/wing, fuselage and tail, propeller/turbine, structural analysis and manufacturability assessment, tether and ground station, hard points for tether attachment, and actuators. As a Manufacturing Engineer on the APG Team, You:

  • Have a BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Will design an agile workflow (automated where practical) that takes APG CAD geometry through the complete manufacturing process to finished components.
  • Have extensive experience designing tooling and parts with SolidWorks or similar CAD modelling tools.
  • Have experience with designing composite tooling and fixturing for high performance composites.
  • Have experience with or are interested in learning to program CNC machine tools.
  • Are excited about working closely with a co-located build team.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Have experience with or are interested in learning to program CNC machines.
  • Love to learn and experiment and look forward to the opportunity to meld your aviation experience with Windlift’s knowledge of the world of airborne wind energy, making a better product in the process.
  • Can find the correct balance between respecting traditional design (“what works”) and imagining a better way in view of materials and component improvements (“what if”).
  • Make decisions about design by optimizing the system rather than components.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers, all working towards producing energy for a sustainable civilization.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have broad experience with other manufacturing processes (i.e. machining, turning, laser cutting, welding, woodwork).
  • Be interested in exploring additive manufacturing (3D printing) for composites.
  • Be familiar with the manufacture of composite propeller/turbines.
  • Have a working knowledge of aeronautical systems.
  • Bring aviation industry experience to the table when considering safety, testing protocols, realistic timelines, etc.

Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided.  Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Controls Engineer (multiple openings at multiple levels)

We’re hiring multiple Controls Engineers at different education and experience levels. The Controls Team will model components of the airborne power generator, develop and test control algorithms in simulation, update the simulator and autopilot software as required, and support flight testing. You:

  • Have a BS in an engineering field, and 2 years of experience working with control systems or a higher degree,
  • Have a strong background in control theory,
  • Have a working knowledge of modelling and simulating dynamic systems,
  • Can read, modify, and debug software (C++),
  • Can process data by writing scripts (MATLAB) or in spreadsheets (Excel), and
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also have experience with some of the following:

  • Flight mechanics and aerodynamics
  • Embedded systems or flight controllers
  • Communications and electrical integration for sensors (such as high dynamics GPS, IMU, or LiDAR) and actuators (servos, motor controllers)
  • Kalman filtering or sensor fusion
  • CAN open communication protocol
  • Ardupilot software
  • RC flight such as piloting, operating drones, writing preflight checklists, navigating FAA regulations, etc.

Start Date: rolling start dates from September 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided.  Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hardware Test Engineer

We’re hiring a Hardware Test Engineer to be a part of our hardware testing team. The Test Team will handle all flight and subsystem testing. More specifically, the Test Engineer will be responsible for writing test procedures and safety protocols, designing and building test fixtures, developing processes and scripts for acquiring and processing test data, processing data and reporting test results, and maintaining all system hardware during testing. You:

  • Have a BS in an engineering field, or equivalent experience in a relevant field (aviation, drones, automotive, etc.).
  • Have experience designing and building from a “blank sheet”.
  • Have experience working with sensors, load cells, data acquisition systems, data processing, and circuitry.
  • Have hands-on design and prototyping skills (including soldering, woodworking, electronics).
  • Are detail oriented.
  • Are comfortable with mild travel and outdoor work during occasional multi-day testing trips.
  • Love to work on difficult problems, build cool things, experiment at the edge of what is possible, learn new skills, and share your experience with the team.
  • Look forward to working with a diverse team of engineers, builders, dreamers, and doers.
  • Required: US Work Authorization.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience in using LabView and/or MATLAB.
  • Autopilot systems (Mission Planner, QGroundControl).
  • Radio control aircraft construction and maintenance Have some familiarity with radio control aircraft (RC airplane or drone) construction and maintenance, autopilot systems (Mission Planner, QGroundControl).
  • Writing flight test plans and pre-flight checklists.
  • Industry practices regarding safe and efficient aircraft testing and validation.

Start Date: November 1, 2020.

This is an incredible opportunity to join Windlift at an inflection point in growth and make a real contribution to our mission of producing energy for a sustainable civilization.

Competitive salary, medical benefits, and 401k provided.  Will consider relocation for well qualified candidates. Windlift is located close to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, NC, all of which are great places to work, live, and play.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@windlift.com. We look forward to hearing from you!