We're Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.
Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won't give up until we've made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.
We are based in Sunnyvale, CA - but we are not contained to an office or our lab - the farm and field are also our playground. We are proud of our deeply collaborative culture at Blue River. We are a people-first company, and everyone here makes a tangible difference. We are passionate about what we're creating and can promise you, if you join, that your voice and contributions will matter. Are you ready to embark on the greatest adventure of your career?
System Integration Engineers help develop, support, and maintain our next generation "smart" farm machines and play a key role in enabling further product development. The primary role of this position is to carry out in-field product feature testing, troubleshoot problems in the field and provide support and communication that leads to short-term and long-term fixes to the equipment. Tasks include coordinating logistics of test equipment, conducting test plans, performing root cause analysis and repairs, tracking issues and progress in fixing them, and communicating with the product management, agronomy, and engineering team on a regular basis.
Carry out system- and feature-related hardware, software, and machine vision field tests of mechatronic farm machinery.
Provide detailed documentation of testing execution and findings.
Work closely with all Blue River engineering teams to establish holistic verification plans along with a common verification process for future projects.
Own the implementation and verification responsibilities for the full system; drive verification of design implementation based on defined system requirements
Provide in-field engineering support, including data collection, test, troubleshoot, diagnose, resolve and document all aspects of the products
Provide an interface for Market Development, Product Management, Agronomy and Engineering to understand the evolving needs of customers
Support Engineering in creating product documentation, instructions and guides
Perform hands-on set-up, maintenance, testing and customization in the field per engineering test requirements
Track and manage recurring issues, from problem identification to resolution
Suggest design alternatives and support development of new features and tools
Transport and operate field test-related equipment as needed
Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience in Engineering, Computer Science, Agricultural Engineering or related technical area.
2+ years in supporting / maintaining agricultural electro-mechanical systems
Experience troubleshooting and working with complex systems involving software, electronics and mechanical systems
Familiarity with Linux, simple script programming
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong customer-facing skills & team-oriented mindset
Willingness to travel up to 50% to the field to provide hands-on support
Experience with Agricultural equipment and working with large machinery in the field
Experience in designing and executing design verification testing (DVT)
Skills in programming and scripting languages such as Python
CAD experience (e.g., SolidWorks)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate verbally, including listening and speaking. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing, often in the outdoors in cold and hot ambient weather conditions. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.
We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.