Mechanical Engineering Fellow | Net Impact

Mechanical Engineering Fellow

Based in Kenya, BURN designs, produces and distributes East Africa’s best-selling, most durable and economical charcoal and wood cookstoves that also dramatically reduce harmful smoke emissions which can cause significant health problems, even death.
Not only does BURN sell the world’s most fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but we are also the only cookstove company which manufactures all its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s only state-of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility.
Since 2013, BURN has sold 650,000+ Jikokoa ™ stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 3,000,000 beneficiaries save $215 million in fuel expenditures and 2.6 million tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~25,000 stoves per month and are on track to double sales over the next 12 months by expanding its successful model across Africa. BURN has 300 employees and expects strong growth in the number of employees in the coming years.
BURN is now poised to bring its revolutionary biomass cookstoves - as well as a new range of electric, hybrid, and liquid fuel stoves - to Sub-Saharan Africa & beyond. Over the next 3 years BURN will enter 6 new countries and launch 5 new products.
BURN is currently seeking a mission driven candidate to serve a 12-month term as Mechanical Engineer Fellow in our manufacturing facility in Nairobi, Kenya.

General areas of engagement include:
• Work with the product development team on design for manufacturability and robustness.
• Development of manufacturing processes, including tools for fabrication, assembly, finishing, and infrastructural materials, among others.
• Trouble shooting production issues and further refining the production system. This often requires creativity and resourcefulness to keep the factory running while waiting for proper repairs or components.
• Take a leadership role in bringing up new production lines.
• Evaluation, maintenance and repair of factory equipment including mechanical and hydraulic presses, shears, spot welders and drill presses.
• Creating and editing SOP’s and QC inspection documents
• Work closely with and help to train QC inspectors, technicians and production personnel in enhancing the quality and manufacturability of our product

Desired Experience
• Mechanical engineering background
• Mechanical aptitude: ability to troubleshoot and repair mechanical issues with production equipment and tooling
• Familiarity with basic shop machines and tools: manual mill, lathe, drill press
• Solidworks CAD skills: able to read drawings and complete basic design work
• Familiarity with basic metrology as it applies to our stove parts and tooling
• Welding and fabrication skills are preferable
• Electrical control system basics is desirable
• High level organizational skills
• Works well in team setting with line employees and technicians

DURATION: 12 months
• Fellows receive a gross stipend of $1,232, roundtrip travel to Kenya, and housing in the company house
To apply; send cv to