Senior Controls Engineer

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Richmond, CA, United States

Posted on: 2023-11-28

Category: transportation

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



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About the company:

Moxion is pioneering mobile energy storage to change the way we move energy through our environment.

We have the power to change the way the world operates and we take that responsibility seriously. Building a culture of collaboration and innovation is essential to effecting change in the world around us. Moxion’s technology and business model put us in a unique position to help build a cleaner future for everyone.

About Us

Moxion is a vertically integrated manufacturer of all-electric mobile power and energy storage solutions. We have developed commercial-scale, powerful, silent, and emissions-free mobile battery stations that are designed to replace traditional diesel generators in most applications today. We’re pioneering mobile energy storage technology, leveraging vertical integration and a software-enabled service model to deliver last-mile electrification for our customers and communities. The Moxion team is a passionate group of humans who care about the environment and disrupting the diesel economy. Come build the first distributed utility with us, propelling the biggest energy transformation of our lifetime.

The Role

As Moxion’s first Senior Controls Engineer, you will lead the production support and development of PLC, robotics and process control systems on the manufacturing equipment used by Moxion’s Battery Manufacturing lines. This highly collaborative position is a key part of the Manufacturing Engineering team, and you’ll work with other leaders, engineers, and technicians to establish Moxion as a world-class manufacturer of battery-based energy storage.

Pay Equity

Moxion is committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. Compensation displayed is a range. Maximum amounts are reserved for those candidates that exceed all experience and background requirements.  We reserve the right to offer compensation based on level of experience.  Moxion has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay within the San Francisco Bay area. If you live outside that region, the range is subject to change. 

Base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within the range provided above. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. 

At Moxion you get

Health, dental, and vision coverage, 401K, PTO, competitive equity & compensation packages, free lunch, coffee, and snacks onsite, flexible work from home (for some roles), free tax advisory services, access to Mountain Hardware, Columbia, Sorel, & Prana employee stores and discounts, company swag, and parental leave program.

We Value

People are at the core of Moxion’s values. We care about growth for our people and team, and this translates to an open and transparent culture. Moxion believes that diversity is as core to our business as the underlying products and technology we’re developing. Diversity in people leads to diversity of thought and different perspectives to draw from, often resulting in a new or unique way of approaching or solving a problem. Diversity drives innovation. 

Moxion is looking for candidates who identify with different races, religions, national origins, age groups, genders, or gender identities, and we don’t discriminate against marital status, physical or mental disability, health or medical conditions, military and veteran status, genetic information, and other classifications that may or may not be protected by law. If you can bring a unique perspective or experience to our company, please apply.

Moxion is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please let our recruiting team know or email [email protected]

What you'll do:

  • Develop and implement manufacturing equipment and processes ranging from whole production lines to individual automation cells by working with both internal design resources and external automation vendors.
  • Evaluate and authenticate automated procedures through a data-driven methodology, such as simulation, statistical tests for Capacity and Capability (including Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility test, Cpk, etc.).
  • Develop an architecture for data management and tracking communication networks, and collaborate with cross-functional teams to implement controls for traceability of products, processes, and quality.
  • Lead and establish Moxion’s controls and test standards and create controls related test plans for new automated process equipment for deployment into production.
  • Architect, write, and debug PLCs using Ladder and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
  • Design industrial electrical control panels in compliance with NFPA79/NEC/UL508A standards, and generate schematics for electrical, pneumatic, and fluid systems.
  • Guide application of Moxion’s controls standards by external automation vendors through specification, design review, and approval
  • Lead and design equipment software interfaces that streamline data communication between manufacturing equipment and supervisory level systems such as the factory Manufacturing Execution system MES, CMMS, visualization software, SCADA and other software interfaces.
  • Design, lead and develop HMI screens and SCADA for manufacturing production lines and automation work cells
  • Generate Moxion controls standards and specification by using industry best practices for safety, cost and maintainability.   Identify gaps and lessons learned from internal equipment development projects and by engaging external partners. Apply these lessons learned to ensure future projects can be executed more efficiently.
  • Lead the creation  of standards for robotics integration, coding and equipment selection.  
  • Implement (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Lead team and projects to optimize automated processes to reduce cycle time, maximize availability and improve yield.
  • Qualify and support vendors all the way through installation and commissioning to start of production and initial ramp and participate in FAT and SAT at vendors and in our factory.
  • Working with manufacturing engineers, create or ensure training plans, troubleshooting documentation and full turn over packages for maintenance and production teams will be handed over.  Maintenance and Production teams will be the   end user and supporter of the equipment after launch.
  • Skills to be successful:

  • Experience managing projects of controls standards creation, development and/or design
  • Experience programming Allen-Bradley Rockwell, Siemens and/or Beckhoff PLCs; Ladder logic PLCs.
  • Experience designing and troubleshooting common fieldbus networks such Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, Profibus
  • Experience developing HMIs and SCADA systems using any one of these platforms: FactoryTalk, Ignition, WinCC, Wonderware, TwinCAT HMI, Python-based experience, or Similar.
  • Experience with communication between PLCs and Database, i.e. Field bus Networks (EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP
  • Serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
  • Experience improving, designing and deploying automation equipment and industrial machinery
  • Experience developing and programming 6 axis robotic work cells using fanuc, Kawasaki, ABB, etc
  • You might also have:

  • Familiarity with common controls hardware used in automation equipment
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Python, C++, etc
  • Knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA)
  • Familiarity with ISO 10218-1:2011 Robots and robotic devices - Safety requirements for Industrial Robots
  • Knowledge of Electrical Standards for industrial machinery (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A)
  • Hands on experience in high or low volume manufacturing environments
  • AI/ML experience as it relates to manufacturing equipment
  • Predictive maintenance, IIOT, CMMS or other reliability technology experience
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