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Plant Building System CAD Engineer

Company Profile
Plant Prefab is the first Certified B Corporation™ prefabricated home builder dedicated to sustainable design, materials, and operations. We're creating a paradigm shift across the home building industry by custom prefabricating single-family and multi-family homes for individuals, architects, and developers in half the time of traditional builders.

Our patented Plant Building System™ enables us to efficiently construct almost any design, by any architect. Combining advanced engineering with customizable Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™, the Plant Building System provides greater design flexibility, quality control, and time and cost efficiencies than both site-based construction and conventional prefabricated approaches. Clients can work with any architect they choose, including Plant’s award-winning, in-house design studio.

Funding for Plant was provided by Amazon, Obvious Ventures, and others. Nearly thirty Plant projects have been certified LEED for Homes Platinum or Gold, including the first home ever to achieve Platinum certification. Plant projects have garnered significant industry recognition including the AIA’s top sustainability award, Architizer’s Jury and People Choice Awards, Green Builder Magazine’s Home of Year, Business 2.0’s ‘World’s 11 Coolest Products,’ and Businessweek’s “Architectural Wonders of the World.”

Job Summary
Plant seeks an experienced CAD Engineer to model structures and building components for Plant projects utilizing our next-generation Plant Building System (PBS) components. Joining a small, but rapidly-growing engineering team, the PBS CAD Engineer will follow Plant’s industry-leading best practices to create shop drawings, takeoffs, machine files, and executable BOMs. The position will also work with factory management and production teams to continuously improve Plant’s virtual fabrication and operational processes, driving production efficiency and accuracy with a design-for-manufacture mindset. The position will report to our Process Engineering Manager, based in our Rialto, CA headquarters..

Core Responsibilities

  • Seamlessly integrate Revit files and PDF plans to CAD and CAM data as required.

  • Create fully-executable BOMs for material ordering and project costing, cut lists for material optimization, and construction drawings for production. Continue to iterate on each, striving for world-class quality and processes.

  • Create and maintain detailed standard operating procedures for CAD processes to achieve production efficiencies and drive productivity.

  • Develop virtual build process initiatives to manage projects from design-for-manufacture through the virtual fabrication process and its implementation into the Plant production system.

  • Create detailed quality control protocols for the virtual build process; conduct tests and quality assurance checks to verify the quality of information output (autonomous quality).

  • Spearhead various research and development initiatives to identify new methods and opportunities for process improvement.

  • Communicate and collaborate with other managers, suppliers, and contractors.

  • Prepare and deliver various Plant Virtual Build/CAD presentations, both internally and externally, as required for business needs.

  • Ensure adherence to Plant standard processes, procedures, and corporate health, safety, and sustainability goals.

  • Perform other activities as assigned to support the success of the organization.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • B.S. in engineering, architecture, building science, or related technical discipline

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in home design, which must include custom, high-quality, architectural homes

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in 3D modeling, preferably of business or residential structures using CadWork; experience in a similar CAD platform (Revit, ArchiCAD, MiTek Sapphire, etc.) acceptable

  • Analytical and mathematical mindset, capable of evaluating and solving complex problems

  • Excellent time management, organization, and project management skills with a demonstrated ability to keep projects, processes, and virtual information on track

  • Understanding of a typical manufacturing facility, terms, and associated industrial workings, including but not limited to automated and manual fabrication, facility layout, and lean manufacturing principles

  • Ability to read and analyze drawings and specifications; experience with Housing and Community Development (HCD) standards a plus

  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze inefficiencies and problems, identify root causes, and provide effective solutions

  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, timeline-driven startup environment that requires a high degree of self-motivation

  • A team player with a positive attitude and ability to work with cross-functional teams in a multi-cultural setting

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to explain technical information to non-technical audiences

  • Interest in and ability to mentor less experienced staff

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office


  • Competitive compensation (salary, discretionary bonus, and stock options) commensurate with experience and skills

  • Excellent medical, vision, and dental insurance

  • The opportunity to work with great architects and meaningfully contribute to projects that improve the quality of life for people and the planet

Application Instructions
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and work samples to

Applicants must be authorized to legally work in the U.S.; sorry, no sponsorship is available. Applicants will be subject to passing a background check and drug screening. Plant Prefab has an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.