Kai Concepts is a Bay Area team, founded by Don Montague, known for testing the limits of kite propulsion, hydrofoil technology and experimenting with technological advances in water-sport technology. The company has strong backing from industry luminaries. We are a small team of creative problem solvers with backgrounds in engineering, software development, manufacturing, inflatable design, and competitive windsurfing and kitesurfing. We are extremely passionate individuals who get an immense amount of satisfaction out of collaborating to solve some truly unique and challenging problems.

We are searching for a driven individual that is a team player and willing to learn and adapt to our culture. We are a dynamic company solving amazing problems and being flexible is a huge part of our mentality at KAI Concepts. Having a passion for marine environment and/or water-sports is a huge plus and will make your experience at Kai Concepts even more fulfilling.

Job Description

As a systems integration engineer at Kai Concepts, you will be involved with designing, overseeing, organizing, testing, and managing the systems development for our EV hydrofoiling vessels. Our ideal candidate is an experienced, passionate, and like-minded individual with a sense of adventure who gets a thrill out of solving challenging problems and is eager to develop next-gen marine EV technology. With exceptional problem solving abilities and a proven ability to strategize you will help us develop our next gen hydrofoiling EV systems. You will contribute to system design, implementation, and testing, and your work will help enable the operation of manned & unmanned hydrofoiling EV systems.


Some of what you will be doing:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in system integration or related field
  • Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and software systems
  • Experience with hardware system testing and troubleshooting
  • Experience with electrical test equipment
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and electrical schematics
  • Knowledge of communication protocols, such as TCP/IP, serial, I2C, SPI, etc
  • Familiarity with sensor integration, including IMUs, sonar, cameras, GPS, battery powers
    systems, GSE, motor drivers, actuators
  • Proficiency in using simulation and modeling tools for system validation and performance
    analysis (including python, matlab, or equivalent)
  • Experience with version control systems, such as Git
  • Experience in designing and implementing system-level tests and validation procedures
  • Experience in post mission test data review root cause analysis
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose complex system-level issues across various domains
    (electrical, mechanical, software, and operations)
  • Knowledge of industry standards and best practices for system integration and testing
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with changing priorities
  • Experience hands on both lab and field testing
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and able to formulate a plan to derive a viable solution
  • Experienced in communicating and assessing downstream systemic impacts post integration
    as well as pre-integration risk assessments
  • Good communication and teamwork skills

Bonus Experience:

  • Experience with subsea equipment or marine systems
  • Familiarity with computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Experience with hydraulic or pneumatic systems
  • Experience with quality control and documentation procedures
  • Experience with programming or scripting languages