Industrial Automation Software Engineer (Midlevel or Senior)

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Westlake Village, California, United States

Posted on: 2022-09-22

Category: renewables

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About the company:

Energy Vault is the creator of sustainable energy storage solutions designed to accelerate the transition to a carbon free, resilient power grid and transform the world’s approach to utility-scale energy storage. Energy Vault works to combat climate change by enabling clean and reliable electricity through innovative gravity and kinetic based energy storage technologies.   Energy Vault combines innovative design, advanced materials science, and proprietary machine-vision software to orchestrate the storage and dispatch of electrical power by lifting and lowering composite bricks, made from eco-friendly materials.  Energy Vault’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in a unique approach to the circular economy which utilizes local industrial and energy waste, including remediated coal ash and recycled wind blades converted to recyclable materials, to build the system’s composite bricks. Energy Vault innovates to enable the global shift to a world powered by renewable resources.

About Energy Vault
Energy Vault develops sustainable energy storage solutions designed to transform the world’s approach to utility-scale energy storage for grid resiliency. Our proprietary gravity-based Energy Storage Technology and the Energy Storage Management and Integration Platform are intended to help utilities, independent power producers and large industrial energy users significantly reduce their levelized cost of energy while maintaining power reliability. Utilizing eco-friendly materials with the ability to integrate waste materials for beneficial re-use, Energy Vault is facilitating the shift to a circular economy while accelerating the clean energy transition for its customers. Energy Vault is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NRGV. For more information, please visit

About the role
As Industrial Automation Software Engineer you will design and implement control programs for specific project requirements involving PLC’s, VFD motor drives, motion control, network communications, HMI’s, data collection, metric generation, and evaluation.  Ideally, you will be able to work part of the time in our Westlake Village, CA office; we allow the flexibility of ample work-from-home days.

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At Energy Vault we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We believe inclusion creates opportunity for collaborative excellence through diversity of thought. We invite individuals of all genders, races, identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, national origins, abilities, protected veteran status, religions, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds to explore employment with our organization.

What you will do

  • Develop real-time control system software for automated assembly systems, including the programming of PLC’s, motor controllers, sensors and data collection systems.
  • Work with mechanical and electrical designers to ensure the control system will meet performance, reliability, and functionality requirements.
  • Perform on site commissioning and startup by demonstrating system’s capability once the equipment has been shipped to the customer’s site.
  • Design PLC programs specific to project requirements based on standard CMP programming methods.
  • Debug and commission PLC programs on representative hardware for systems integration and then onsite during installation.
  • Develop human machine interfaces (HMI) using commercially available industrial products, SCADA nodes or custom GUI’s.
  • Work with other members of the control systems design group and other functions to continuously improve methods of integrating controls technology, with the goals of enhanced safety, enhanced functionality, and reduced cost.
  • Work with project managers, designers, electricians to solve problems and provide a complete functional system.
  • Provide thorough testing of system functionality to verify PLC program completeness.
  • Provide accurate documentation for each project, informing project personnel regarding documentation and solutions to technical problems.
  • Provide documentation for training specific to the project, e.g., machine operation, programming principles, and program structure.
  • Shape a culture of collaboration, innovation, constant improvement, excellence, transparency, open mindedness, humility, integrity, efficiency, joy, compassion, and fulfillment.
  • What a qualified candidate should possess

  • Electrical or Computer Engineering or equivalent degree.
  • 5+ years’ field experience in control and automation systems, controlled drive technology, field buses, HMI systems.
  • Experience in PLC programming for system control, and peripheral device integration.
  • Familiarity with international design standards (UL, CE, etc.).
  • Experience commissioning and documenting electronic systems.
  • Proficiency with multidisciplinary coordination and communication.
  • High schedule flexibility.
  • Ability to travel for vendor visits, test site support, field installation, startup, and commissioning.
  • As a team player, independence and comfort working under pressure.
  • Experience with Beckhoff automation systems.
  • IO-Link experience.
  • Experience with safety aspects of PLC, sensor and peripheral implementation, and integration.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform early phase trade studies, design, and ultimate commissioning.
  • Familiarity with Project Data Management and requirements tracking systems.
  • Competency with both VFD-based AC motor design and DC brushless motor design/generation.
  • Proven ability to produce compliance and test documentation/reports to support approved electrical system design/grid-compliant tie-in per approved standards.
  • Comfort in fast-paced, rapid growth environments.
  • Experience in public companies is a plus.
  • A passion for sustainability, our mission, and our vision is a bonus!
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