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Join the Maine-based team that’s revolutionizing solar

At Pika Energy, we make innovative power electronics products that change the way buildings use clean energy. We seek driven, independent, resourceful and creative doers. Big brains, big hearts and big ambitions define our team.

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Open Positions

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Pika Energy seeks talented individuals with a background in engineering, sales, and clean energy. Pika Energy is the place for you if:

  • You have spent lots of time making your creations work in the real world
  • You can use your hands as well as ...
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Technical Service Representative

Maine-based Pika Energy, Inc. seeks a Technical Service Representative to join our existing team to expand support to our renewable energy installers and customers nationwide. The successful candidate will be friendly and patient, with ...
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Staff Accountant

Pika Energy, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems, is seeking a Staff Accountant.  The Staff Accountant is responsible for providing financial functions including creating and posting journal entries, general ledger account reconciliation and analysis including ...
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Sales Application Engineering Specialist 

Pika Energy, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems seeks a Sales Applications Engineering Specialist to join our existing team in Westbrook, ME. This role solves problems in the field, restoring customer confidence ...
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New Product Introduction Specialist

Pika Energy, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems, seeks a flexible New Product Introduction (NPI) Specialist to support Operations Engineering functions of new product introduction, engineering change management, supply chain management, and supplier quality. The successful candidate will have experience ...
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Mechanical Engineer

Maine-based Pika Energy, Inc. seeks a Mechanical Engineer to support design and manufacturing of industry-leading power converter products and solar energy storage and management solutions. The ideal candidate will have experience with Solidworks, Product Lifecycle Management, sheet metal and plastics design for ...
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Manufacturing Test Development Engineer


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Manufacturing Test Development Engineer

Pika Energy, a division of Generac Power Systems (NYSE: Generac), is a leading provider of clean energy products including smart battery systems, inverters, power ...
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Electrical Engineer

Maine-based Pika Energy, Inc. seeks a flexible Electrical Engineer to support design and manufacturing of industry-leading power converter products and solar energy storage and management solutions. The successful candidate will have experience with consumer electronics ...
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Director of Quality

Pika Energy (a division of Generac Power Systems) is seeking a Director of Quality to lead a comprehensive program to drive scale-readiness in a growing family of solar energy storage products.  The successful candidate will lead a growing team of quality ...
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Design Validation Test Engineer

Pika Energy, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems seeks an experienced, capable engineer to plan and execute design validation testing for a rapidly-growing family of clean energy products produced through an international network of contract manufacturers. The Design ...
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Components Engineer 

Pika Energy, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems, is seeking an experienced Components Engineer to support the Design Engineering and Supply Chain Operations teams in mitigating material risk and ensuring supply. The successful candidate ...
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A great reason to work at Pika Energy: Portland, Maine

There’s a reason Portland, Maine is a perennial placeholder on national “best city” lists. Our world-class food, coastal Atlantic setting, historic architecture, vibrant culture, top-tier education… it all contributes to what makes Portland unique for a city of its size.

Live in a historic city that offers:

  • Cost of Living: 25% lower than Boston
  • Housing Cost: 44% lower than Boston
  • Environment: With beaches, wilderness, lakes, rural and city living all nearby, a career at Pika lets you live where you feel most at home
  • Outdoor Activities: Skiing, water sports, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting are all long-beloved Maine traditions
  • Easy Access to Boston: Portland has an international airport and is a 90-minute drive from Boston, also accessible by Amtrak
  • Entertainment: Portland is known for its exceptional arts scene, including museums, music venues and award-winning theater.

Leadership

Pika Energy’s co-founders, Ben Polito and Joshua Kaufman, met while studying at MIT in the 1990s. They later worked together for several companies in the clean energy industry. Ben and Joshua launched Pika in 2010 to make clean energy systems that are affordable, attractive, and ready for mainstream adoption. They named their company for the American Pika, one of the most climate change-endangered species on our continent.

Ben Polito

President and Co-Founder

Ben PolitoBen Polito has been building clean energy technology since his high school days on an island farm in Maine, beyond the reach of grid power.  Ben was the lead mechanical engineer on the team that developed the groundbreaking Skystream small wind turbine.  Prior to launching Pika Energy, Ben built the east coast office of GreenMountain Engineering, a design consulting firm serving clean technology startups, and served on the founding team of 1366 Technologies, where he developed texturing methods for high-efficiency silicon solar cells.  He holds patents and patents-pending on technology ranging from implantable medical devices to algae biofuels to solar cells.  Ben earned a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, where he developed 3D printers, built autonomous submarines, and worked on Eink, the display technology of the Amazon Kindle.


Joshua Kaufman

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Joshua Kaufman grew up on the Great Plains of Kansas where he learned first-hand of the power of the wind and the sun. Joshua served as the sole electrical engineer at Southwest Windpower, where he led development of control electronics for the Skystream, Whisper and Air wind turbines. He also served as a consultant to numerous startups developing wind and solar energy products, including Windspire, California Wind Systems, PetraSolar, SunPower and SolFocus.  Many of these companies struggled to meet their power and data transmission needs, and this experience led Joshua to develop Pika’s REbus™ Nanogrid technology. Joshua holds BS and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, with a focus on power electronics and feedback control.


Bill Hetzel

Chief Finance Officer/Chief Operations Officer

Bill Hetzel leads Pika Energy’s operations and finances. Bill developed his passion for outdoor adventure and the environment working summers as a camp counselor in Maine. Bill started his career as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman, and then he moved to Merck & Co. where he engineered global chemical plant capacity for their active pharmaceutical ingredients. For the next 13 years, Bill worked at Tom’s of Maine as leader of Procurement, Supply Chain, and then as Plant Manager, responsible for all the operations of their Sanford, Maine facility. Bill holds a BS in chemistry from Yale, and an MS in chemical engineering and an MS in management, both from MIT.


Enjoy the Perks of Working at Pika Energy

Join Pika Energy and enjoy the many perks of working at a small, creative organization in a great location. We offer:

  • Generous Compensation and Benefits: Pika Energy offers competitive salaries, equity participation, 401(k) enrollment and more
  • Time to Enjoy Maine: With Pika Energy’s vacation offering, you spend more time enjoying your family, Portland’s culture, and Maine’s wilderness
  • Work and Play: Frisbee, ping pong, swimming in the river, music, cider making and ice cream parties are all part of Pika Energy’s culture
  • Family-Friendly Schedules: We offer flexible, accommodating schedules to employees with family considerations.

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