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Can An Engineer Change The World?
A General died, and was greeted by St. Peter at the gateway to Heaven. In conversing with St. Peter, the General asked, 'Who was the greatest warrior of all time?' ...Click here to read more!

St. Peter walked the General along an alley filled with famous warriors – they passed by Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Spartacus and many others. Finally, the General is introduced to Anthony Morse, who, according to St. Peter was the greatest warrior of all time. A somewhat confused and embarrassed General said that he had never heard of the great Anthony Morse. “What battles did he win?” To this, St. Peter responded that he was the greatest warrior of all time, but when he lived, there were no great wars or great battles to be won.

Perhaps you are a great design engineer, or a team leader, and are well versed in the field of design and development of internal combustion engines; perhaps, you might even have the drive and desire to change the world. But does your company present you with a “Great War” to fight? Or are you spending time making 1% improvements in one of a sliver of the hundreds of engine sub-assemblies?

Our company – LiquidPiston, Inc. – is a venture capital backed startup company whose revolutionary new rotary diesel combustion engine has the potential to eliminate our country’s dependency on foreign oil as well as dramatically lower our carbon footprint for environmental sustainability.

We will give you a “Great War” and a chance to leave your mark in history.

From its roots at MIT, LiquidPiston, Inc., located in Bloomfield, CT has developed a prototype engine based on a revolutionary thermodynamic cycle that offers unprecedented fuel efficiency, inherently quiet operation, and best in class power-to-weight ratio. Our multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific team has great experience in designing internal combustion engines. We use tools like Solidworks to design and FEA parts; GT-Power and Converge for modeling; Matlab and Labview for data processing and acquisition; materials and manufacturing methods are carefully selected while working with a network of suppliers; we maintain a complete in-house CNC shop, as well as two AC motoring dynos to support testing and development; we understand thermodynamics of diesel engines and how they work and how to optimize the design and performance. We are enjoying engineering and technical challenges – we have a mix of youth and experience in the team, but above all we maintain an open mind to new ideas and “can do” attitude to back up the ideas with solid engineering.

 

Please check our open positions below. If you would like to apply, please email your resume and completed Screening Questions (in any format you choose) to hr@liquidpiston.com.

$5,000 reward offered for referral for Chief Engineer!!
Refer our job posting for Chief Engineer below to a friend or colleague, and we will pay you a $5,000 reward if we hire that person in that role. Simply ask that person to state in his application that he was referred by you!
Chief Engineer / Director of Engineering
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The Chief Engineer will oversee development of LiquidPiston’s rotary X engine / HEHC technology platform.

You will:

  • lead a team of 10-15 engineers, technicians, machinists, consultants, and contractors.
  • Manage customer programs including:
    1. A clean-sheet 40 horsepower CI rotary X-engine for UAV and generator applications. At the end of a 2 year program, this engine will satisfy performance, efficiency, and durability requirements
    2. LPI’s “X Mini” 3 horsepower Beta engine; finish pre-production prototype satisfying durability and emission requirements of the target application

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  • A great leader, and also a great manager (motivate the team, lead by example, organize all engineering activities)
  • An innovative, out-of-the-box thinker and hands-on problem solver
  • Technically deep, with experience in overall engine design and performance; SI and CI combustion engines, durability and emissions
  • An expert in understanding and applying thermodynamic cycles and combustion systems for modern CI and SI engines
  • An expert in one or more engine efficiency improvement technologies (boosting, EGR, HCCI, etc.)
  • Able to direct the use of simulation tools such as GT-Power, CONVERGE CFD, thermal and structural FEA
  • Diligent, professional, an exceptional verbal and written communicator
  • A degreed engineer (MS or Ph.D. preferred) with 10 years of leadership experience

You should enjoy leaving your office and getting your hands dirty! LiquidPiston is a small company and you will work side-by-side with the rest of the team. You should be creative and up for a challenge; our goal is to build the world’s most efficient and power dense engines, and you will be leading the way.

LiquidPiston, Inc. is an MIT rooted R&D company poised to transform ten years of breakthrough thermodynamics research into the world’s most efficient rotary engine. With a fundamental design that scales from lawnmowers to locomotives, LiquidPiston has the potential to add fifty years to the life of the internal combustion engine in a resource-constrained world.

If interested, please, send your resume to hr@LiquidPiston.com

Sr. Design Engineer
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LiquidPiston is seeking a detail-oriented and creative Sr. Design Engineer to assist in development of our rotary IC engines.

As Sr. Design Engineer you will:

  • Lead development of rotary engine architectures and basic layouts
  • Create and modify assemblies, part models, and drawings using SolidWorks
  • Perform mechanical and thermal FEA simulations to optimize designs
  • Create and run simulation models using Matlab and GT Suite to assist in engine design
  • Check and release prints for manufacturing
  • Communicate with contracting machine shopssenior-mechanical
  • Direct a technician and participate in the hands-on construction/assembly/testing of prototypes
  • Lead process to debug hardware failures/ author End of Test reports
  • Document results through patent applications, technical reports, and publications
  • Work with the CTO to communicate results to follow-on investors
  • Rely heavily on your creativity and ability to “make it work”

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • BS or higher in Mechanical Engineering
  • Strong understanding of engine efficiency
  • Record of innovation in machine design, with minimum 3 years professional experience
  • Expertise with SolidWorks FEA/Motion/Thermal analysis packages
  • Strong understanding of mechanical modeling software operation (GT Suite, Simulink, or similar)
  • Ability to maintain enthusiasm, work ethic, and open mind through challenging projects that often fail

Helpful Skills:

  • Experience with advanced rotary and piston engine technologies (exhaust gas recirculation, Miller cycle, HCCI, etc.)
  • Professional experience with camshafts, bearings, gears, high-speed machinery
  • Good communication and proposal writing skills.
  • Experience working in a machine shop/prototype environment

LiquidPiston, Inc. is an MIT rooted R&D company poised to transform ten years of breakthrough thermodynamics research into the world’s most efficient rotary engine. With a fundamental design that scales from lawnmowers, to locomotives, LiquidPiston has the potential to add fifty years to the life of the internal combustion engine industry in a resource-constrained world.

If interested, please, send your resume to hr@LiquidPiston.com

Sr. Test Engineer
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LiquidPiston is seeking a detail-oriented and creative Sr. Test Engineer to assist in development of our rotary IC engines.

As Sr. Test Engineer you will:

  • Design, develop, operate, and maintain testing systems in conjunction with the engine dynamometer / test cells
  • Oversee engine assembly processes, direct a technician, participate in hands-on assembly as necessary
  • Maintain database of component inventory, build logs, hardware run times
  • Debug mechanical, electrical, and software problems
  • Calibrate diesel and gasoline engine controllers
  • Write Matlab code to post-process datasenior-mechanical
  • Modify LabView/Drivven code as necessary to assist in engine control and data acquisition
  • Create/support standardized company procedures related to engine testing
  • Present data and conclusions to management
  • Assist with conceptualizing, designing, and building test rigs as needed to diagnose engine components and assemblies
  • Invent/generate ideas to improve performance of engine components and systems
  • Oversee and/or work with technicians, interns, and junior engineers on testing, analysis, and design projects 

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • BS or higher in Mechanical Engineering
  • Strong understanding of engine efficiency
  • 3 years of professional experience with engine testing and/or calibration
  • Expertise with Matlab
  • Strong understanding of data acquisition and sensors specific to engine testing
  • Ability to maintain enthusiasm, work ethic, and open mind through challenging projects that often fail

Helpful Skills:

  • Experience with advanced rotary and piston engine technologies (exhaust gas recirculation, Miller cycle, HCCI, etc.)
  • Professional experience with camshafts, bearings, gears, high-speed machinery
  • Good communication and proposal writing skills.
  • Experience working in a machine shop/prototype environment

LiquidPiston, Inc. is an MIT rooted R&D company poised to transform ten years of breakthrough thermodynamics research into the world’s most efficient rotary engine. With a fundamental design that scales from lawnmowers, to locomotives, LiquidPiston has the potential to add fifty years to the life of the internal combustion engine industry in a resource-constrained world.

If interested, please, send your resume to hr@LiquidPiston.com

Senior Development Engineer / Technical Specialist
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LiquidPiston is seeking a Technical Specialist to provide leadership in the development of rotary X engines.

As a Senior Development Engineer / Technical Specialist you will:

  • Provide oversight to the design, development, and testing of rotary IC engines using LPI’s HEHC cycle
  • Provide fundamental understanding of thermodynamic cycles, diesel and gasoline combustion processes, and best design practices for improving engine performance
  • Measure, analyze, and optimize/calibrate performance and emissions for diesel and gasoline engines
  • Author presentations and papers, summarize results, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Balance technical progress with cost and schedule
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of world class engines and related innovations to improve LPI’s products
  • Assist in checking the engineering team’s work with high attention to detail
  • Refer to your professional network and other reference libraries
  • Assist in estimating task durations/budgets and managing multiple projects
We are looking for an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who thrives in a team environment. Ideally, you will have a PH.D degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent. Qualifications:
  • 10+ years of experience in IC engine development or similar field
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex problems both independently and as a member of diverse teams
  • Experience with modern mechanical design tools such as Solidworks, ANSYS, ADAMS, GT Power, CONVERGE
A strong candidate will also have:
  • Background in Mathematics and/or Programming
  • Experience mentoring younger engineers and interns
Sample week: 30% dyno test and hands-on work, 40% analysis and research, 15% internal meetings, 15% external communications If interested, please, send your resume to hr@LiquidPiston.com
Thermofluids/Modeling/CFD Engineer
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As a Senior Analysis Engineer you will:


  • Model LPI’s X engine and High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle using state of the art tools
  • Define and perform fluid, heat transfer, combustion, and emissions analyses for Gasoline and Diesel cycles
  • Form an integral part of engine development and testing team; communicate and apply analysis results to inform company’s technical direction
  • Select appropriate methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to resolve issues. Build models from scratch, with the appropriate level of detail for the questions at hand.
  • Analyze engine test data, prepare model inputs, validate results
  • Balance technical results with cost and schedule
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in the field
  • Continuously enhance LPI’s state of the art in thermofluids modeling
  • Check work, minimize errors, and be quickly recognized as the company’s internal authority in subject matter

We are looking for an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who thrives in a team environment. Ideally, you will have a PH.D in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent.

Qualifications:
  • 5+ years experience in engine CFD (preferably using CONVERGE) or 5+ years experience in 1D engine modeling (prefer GT Power)
  • Demonstrated experience completing multiple projects independently, from problem definition to reporting
  • Demonstrated experience performing complex thermodynamic model validation and improvement
  • High level analytical ability
A strong candidate will also have:
  • Experience in analysis of fuel surrogate mechanisms (any of the following: CHEMKIN, DARS, LOGE).
  • Experience with programming or scripting languages (any of the following: C/C++, Python, Matlab).
  • Experience with CAD tools (SolidWorks) and handling 3D engine geometries for model input.
LiquidPiston, Inc. is an MIT rooted R&D company poised to transform ten years of breakthrough thermodynamics research into the world’s most efficient rotary engine. With a fundamental design that scales from lawnmowers, to locomotives, LiquidPiston has the potential to add fifty years to the life of the internal combustion engine in a resource-constrained world.

If interested, please, send your resume to hr@LiquidPiston.com

Intern - Engine Development
LiquidPiston is hiring interns! Get a step up in your career by gaining broad exposure to an intense program featuring design, development, and testing of our novel rotary engine design.

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As an Engine Development Intern, you will work with Liquid Piston's engineering team in an R&D program aimed to bring a breakthrough rotary engine design to life. Typical work will include the following:
  • Create and modify models in SolidWorks
  • Perform FEA and CFD analysis
  • Produce detailed shop ready drawings
  • Communicate with machine shops
  • Fabricate engine and test bench parts
  • Specify and procure off-the-shelf components
  • Participate in the hands-on assembly of prototype engines
  • Conduct engine dynamometer tests
  • Set up and maintain data acquisition equipment
  • Document results through standardized technical reports
  • Participate in weekly technical meetings
Qualifications:
  • On track for BS, Master's, or PHD in Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated interest in high performance engines (professionally or not)
  • Specific design experience with SolidWorks
  • Ability to work well in a small team environment, but also solve problems and learn independently
  • Solid understanding of Mechanical Engineering basics, emphasis on Thermodynamics, Design, or Manufacturing
Helpful Skills:
  • Experience with GT Power, Converge, ANSYS, Labview, MatLab
  • Experience setting up and running Mechanical/Thermal FEA studies
  • Experience working in a machine shop
  • Prior professional experience in R&D

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