Fellowship with BURN: Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Focus

BURN Manufacturing works to save lives and forests in the developing world by designing and manufacturing clean burning cookstoves. BURN is currently developing a modern manufacturing facility in Kenya that will produce more than 3.5 million fuel efficient cookstoves and create more than 200 jobs, while saving over 100 million trees in the next 10 years alone. With financing from GE, US State Dept., UN Foundation and private investors BURN is poised to become a global leader in the clean cookstove space, with rapid growth expected in 2016 and beyond.

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. The successful applicant will receive training and support from our US based technical team.


General areas of engagement include:

  • Work closely with and help to train QC inspectors, technicians and production personnel in enhancing the quality and manufacturability of our product
  • Development of manufacturing processes, including tools for fabrication, assembly, finishing, and infrastructural materials, among others.
  • Creating and editing SOP’s and QC inspection documents
  • 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.
  • Read and manipulate models and drawings in Solidworks
  • Evaluation, maintenance and repair of factory equipment including mechanical and hydraulic presses, shears, spot welders and drill presses.

Desired Experience

  • Experience in a medium volume, medium tech manufacturing setting
  • 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

Location, Duration and Compensation

12 month term in Nairobi, Kenya. Fellows receive a stipend of $1,100 and housing in fellowship house.


To apply please send your CV and cover letter to careers@burnmfg.com

For more information on BURN please visit www.burnstoves.com

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