Job Overview

The Automation & Mechatronics Engineer will work within a multi-disciplinary team and contribute towards our goal to design and operate fully automated insect farming facilities. At the core of the facility is our in-house developed vertical farming system which contains thousands of insect crates. The automation of the storage & retrieval, feeding, harvesting, processing & cleaning of these crates within a closed loop system will be the main engineering challenge you aim to solve.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create detailed road-map towards full automation of our insect farming processes
  • Optimising the physical flows of insect crates and production batches within the vertical farming system
  • Run simulations of different scenarios in a simulation software (virtual facility), compare results, identify and implement the optimal solution.
  • Program new automated processes and components into our automation software, including synchronising robotic systems with electronic components and modules, such as sensors and controllers
  • Assist in the roll-out of automation solutions in our facilities closely coordinating with the teams on the ground
  • Develop efficient and practical standards of operations
  • Identify new opportunities for automation within the production process
  • Design new or optimise existing automation equipment or processes
  • Simulate and test processes or equipment to ensure they function as desired
  • Develop and maintain clear and accurate documentation of automation equipment or processes
  • Staff training where necessary – typically after implementing new processes or equipment, or making changes to existing ones
  • Troubleshooting automated processes or equipment when errors occur
  • Support existing automation technology with component and process upgrades

Required Skills

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics, Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical or other engineering related field
  • Experience with warehouse automation and operations
  • Python/ReactJS/C#/MySQL are highly preferred (experience with unix is a bonus)
  • Familiarity with software development tools such as Gitlab, preferred coding IDEs, Linux Systems, Unity, AWS
  • Experience with testing and validating Software and Hardware
  • Mathematical skills including optimization, statistics, simulation and modeling, and data mining (MySQL)
  • Good English and Chinese-Mandarin preferred
  • Experience with Machine Learning Algorithms (preferred)

Soft Skills

  • Effective Communicator, able to describe work to technical and non-technical colleagues
  • High level thinker capable of seeing how different systems and processes interact 
  • Ability to work in a fun but hard-working team-based start-up environment
  • Self-starter who is able to satisfy their objectives and timelines with a minimal amount of supervision.
  • Sound problem solving and decision making processes and skills.
  • Highly motivated, results oriented, with a high commitment level.


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