Junior/Senior R&D Site Automation Engineer

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Lugano, Switzerland

Posted on: 2023-02-28

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 and deploys sustainable energy storage solutions designed to transform the world's approach to utility-scale energy storage in realizing decarbonization while maintaining grid resiliency. The company's proprietary gravity-based energy storage technology, battery storage technology, and 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. For additional information, please visit: www.energyvault.com.

About the role
As Junior/Senior R&D Site Automation Engineer, you will participate in the process of the design of the automation components, selection of hardware, installation and commissioning activities for the prototypes and systems of our R&D Center located in Switzerland. You will be working at multiple storage types and technologies on prototypes which range from subcomponents of the technology to full scale storage systems. You will lead shortly after start simple prototypes and support an experienced small team on the complex multi systems projects. 

What you will do
•Participate in the study and implementation phase of prototypes to understand operations
•Lead design of automation cabinets for small prototypes and support the team on larger projects
•Draft Bill of Material of the components required
•Cabling sensor and PLC modules in collaboration with electricians and panel builders
•Program the PLC in TwinCat Beckhoff in autonomy for simpler functions 
•Support programming of experienced PLC developers for complex systems
•Lead commissioning of simpler prototypes
•Support commissioning of complex prototypes
•Prepare HMI to enable operator to use the systems
•Perform Trouble Shooting during the process
•Shape a culture of collaboration, innovation, constant improvement, excellence, transparency, open mindedness, humility, integrity, efficiency, joy, compassion, and fulfillment.
•Gain deep understanding of our renewable energy storage industry, our products and technology, our processes, and our people.

What a qualified candidate should possess
•Either: Federal Diploma + 4 years experience in Backhoff, 
•OR: Bachelor/Master degree with Project experience and/or Internship experience in Backhoff
•Coding in structured text (TwinCat Beckhoff), panel design knowledge are required
•Additional experience in C sharp, Simens PLC is a plus
•English business proficiency is required, Italian and/or German are a plus
•Solution oriented mindset

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.

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Full time