High Tech Cannabis CareersEngineering and Science are inherently cross-disciplinary and many of the opportunities with-in the cannabis industry require cross-disciplinary approaches.
For example, to be a master extractor, you are likely trained in fundamentals of both biology and engineering, which may include elements of electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, materials science, chemistry, and biology. Master extractors are in short supply and so pay is usually upward of $200k per year. Other high tech careers that pay well in the cannabis industry are centered around engineering.
Design engineers have a crossover in multiple engineering disciplines like mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil and structural /building/architectural. The main responsibility of a design engineer is to analyze a problem and find the best solution which typically involves adapting and using complex scientific and mathematical techniques. Let's take a look at the types of design engineer needs in the cannabis space.
Product Design Engineer
In high demand are Product Design Engineers to design and develop new product devices. The ability to harness ingenuity and problem-solving skills, coupled with product concept development, design, and prototype fabrication, helped UPEI engineering students to develop a THC breathalyzer.
Mechanical Design Engineer
Cannabis design and engineering firms such as Hybrid Tech have specific knowledge in the cannabis industry are well equipped to handle the following needs:
- Marijuana cultivation process thermal load calculations, latent and sensible
- HVAC system analysis, design and complete mechanical prints
- Electrical system analysis, security & data systems, load calculations and full prints
- Civil analysis, site work detail and full site plan
- Structural analysis and full structural prints
What is firmware, you ask? Firmware is the software that tells devices, computer systems and other gadgets what to do. Firmware engineers design and develop firmware, then test it and debug it before it goes to market.
The list of engineering positions available in the cannabis industry is long. A quick search on the internet will lead you to cutting-edge cannabis technology companies like BrainGrid, who recently closed on a 2.5M raise, in part to expand their R&D department and hire more engineers.
Regardless of what the specialty, high tech positions in the cannabis industry are growing like wildfire, and creating opportunities for many to advance their careers and find their calling. Whether you’re looking for something more exciting, or you’re truly passionate about seeing the cannabis industry advance, there’s a place for your technical skills in cannabis!