Project Opportunities: ClearFlame Engines – Cleaner, Stronger Engines for Heavy-Duty Applications

ClearFlame Engines is a startup company developing a drop-in ready replacement for the $400 billion-plus heavy-duty diesel engine market that affords markedly better performance as well as cleaner emissions and cost savings to the consumer.  The critical role that diesel engines play – transporting 70 percent of the world’s goods and providing a large fraction of the globe’s off-grid and backup power capacity, is currently tied to petroleum usage and emissions of soot and smog.  The ClearFlame team is working to break that paradigm by enabling the critical work Diesel engines do to be accomplished in an affordable, clean, and petroleum-free manner, using domestically abundant fuel stocks, and easily meeting emissions regulations.  We are currently undergoing experiments and modeling efforts to optimizing the combustion system before construction of our first demonstration unit.  We’re looking for just the right engineer to add to our team to help with critical experimental and design goals.

As an ARE Program participant, you will be responsible for:

  • Assist and perform experimental engineering tasks: component selection, design, and installation
  • Assist and perform data collection and data processing
  • Interface and communicate with vendors and service providers such as machinists, welders, materials experts, etc. as needed
  • Other engineering analysis or hardware-related tasks as needed

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are independently motivated and hardworking
  • Are resourceful and deliverables-focused.  Capable of taking on a task outside their expertise with determination to gather necessary knowledge and resources to succeed
  • Possess a sound technical background and analytical skills
  • Are interested in hardware and analytical aspects of energy systems, IC engines, and/or measurement equipment
  • Are excited to work on a small, dynamic startup team to develop a new technology for energy and transportation
  • May be interested in entrepreneurship or gaining experience working in a startup environment

Candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (M.S. Preferred)

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in a laboratory setting taking and analyzing experimental data
  • Familiarity with theory and variations of IC engine operating principles
  • Hands on experience with IC engines, sensors, and machine tools
  • Experience programming in C++, Matlab, or Python
  • Experience with Pro/E or Solidworks CAD software
  • Knowledge of engineering materials selection and machining tolerances
  • Knowledge or experience with controls systems would be beneficial but is not required

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