Manufacturing Controls Engineer

at 
Proterra
Posted on 
23 Nov

Position Overview

This position as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) organization will lead automation controls efforts for manufacturing equipment used by Proterra’s Battery Manufacturing lines. This highly collaborative position is a key part of the Battery Technology organization. You will work with other leaders, engineers, and technicians to establish Proterra as a world-class manufacturer of battery-based energy storage.

About the Role – You will:
- 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.
- Guide application of Proterra standards by external automation vendors through specification, design review, and approval
- Execute and create controls related test plans for new automated process equipment for deployment into production.
- Write and debug PLCs using Ladder and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
- Implement equipment software interfaces enable data communication between manufacturing equipment and supervisory level systems such as the factory Manufacturing Execution system MES.
- Develop HMI and SCADA screens for manufacturing production lines and automation work cells
- Assist with controls standards and specification by identifying gaps and lessons learned through internal equipment development projects and working with external partners. Apply these lessons learned to make future projects run more efficiently.
- Program and commission robotic systems across Proterra’s sites and equipment
- Implement (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
- Debug and optimize automated processes to reduce cycle time, maximize availability and improve yield.
- Support vendors all the way through installation and commissioning to start of production and initial ramp
- Create training plans and troubleshooting documentation for maintenance and production teams who will be the end user and supporter of the equipment after launch.

About Our Group:

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group seeks to develop innovative new manufacturing processes and automation tools to establish Proterra as a world leader in battery pack manufacturing. It is comprised of several different teams focused on different aspects of battery manufacturing, including process development and automated manufacturing equipment design.
  • This role is part of the larger Battery Technology Team. The Battery Technology Team’s work is guided by our team values:
    • Purpose: We work towards a sustainable future for all by leading battery technology development and enabling electrification in every sector of transportation.
    • Initiative: We encourage taking ownership to find creative solutions to challenges. We’re not afraid to fail.
    • Humility: We recognize when we’re not the expert, ask for help when needed, and change our minds when we get new information.
    • Critical Thinking: We are both creative and analytical. We break problems down to the fundamentals and question assumptions.
    • Intellectual Challenge: We are continuously learning and growing so that we can strategically tackle hard problems that push the industry forward.
    • Community & Diversity: We actively work to build a supportive space where people from diverse backgrounds can bring their whole selves to work, connect meaningfully, and grow both as individuals and as a group.
    • Kindness: We’re more productive when we treat each other with empathy and respect. We support each other and offer meaningful help.
    • Fun: We purposefully create outlets to take breaks and have fun. We believe we should be inspired by our jobs and each other.
  • You will report to the Manufacturing Development Engineering Manager within the AME Organization and collaborate with other team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and other manufacturing facilities in Greenville, SC and Los Angeles, CA.

About You:

  • Self-starting individual with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization
  • Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Strong time management and organizational skills; proactive and the ability to work with little supervision.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills; challenge assumptions not supported by engineering analysis
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills
  • Ability to travel as needed to Proterra and project-related partner sites

Your Experience Includes:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or similar technical field– example Majors include: Electrical Engineering, Computer and Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, etc.
- Experience working on projects with controls development and/or design
- Experience programming Allen-Bradley Rockwell, Siemens and/or Beckhoff PLCs
- Knowledge of 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, or Similar.
- Knowledge of communication between PLCs and Database
- Experience 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)
- Knowledge of Electrical Standards for industrial machinery (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A)
- Hands on experience in high or low volume manufacturing environments

Job Details:
Department: Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
- Base Location: Burlingame, CA
- Common Travel Locations: City of Industry, CA; Greenville, SC; Vendor Sites
- Travel: 0-20%

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Description

Position Overview

This position as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) organization will lead automation controls efforts for manufacturing equipment used by Proterra’s Battery Manufacturing lines. This highly collaborative position is a key part of the Battery Technology organization. You will work with other leaders, engineers, and technicians to establish Proterra as a world-class manufacturer of battery-based energy storage.

About the Role – You will:
- 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.
- Guide application of Proterra standards by external automation vendors through specification, design review, and approval
- Execute and create controls related test plans for new automated process equipment for deployment into production.
- Write and debug PLCs using Ladder and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
- Implement equipment software interfaces enable data communication between manufacturing equipment and supervisory level systems such as the factory Manufacturing Execution system MES.
- Develop HMI and SCADA screens for manufacturing production lines and automation work cells
- Assist with controls standards and specification by identifying gaps and lessons learned through internal equipment development projects and working with external partners. Apply these lessons learned to make future projects run more efficiently.
- Program and commission robotic systems across Proterra’s sites and equipment
- Implement (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
- Debug and optimize automated processes to reduce cycle time, maximize availability and improve yield.
- Support vendors all the way through installation and commissioning to start of production and initial ramp
- Create training plans and troubleshooting documentation for maintenance and production teams who will be the end user and supporter of the equipment after launch.

About Our Group:

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group seeks to develop innovative new manufacturing processes and automation tools to establish Proterra as a world leader in battery pack manufacturing. It is comprised of several different teams focused on different aspects of battery manufacturing, including process development and automated manufacturing equipment design.
  • This role is part of the larger Battery Technology Team. The Battery Technology Team’s work is guided by our team values:
    • Purpose: We work towards a sustainable future for all by leading battery technology development and enabling electrification in every sector of transportation.
    • Initiative: We encourage taking ownership to find creative solutions to challenges. We’re not afraid to fail.
    • Humility: We recognize when we’re not the expert, ask for help when needed, and change our minds when we get new information.
    • Critical Thinking: We are both creative and analytical. We break problems down to the fundamentals and question assumptions.
    • Intellectual Challenge: We are continuously learning and growing so that we can strategically tackle hard problems that push the industry forward.
    • Community & Diversity: We actively work to build a supportive space where people from diverse backgrounds can bring their whole selves to work, connect meaningfully, and grow both as individuals and as a group.
    • Kindness: We’re more productive when we treat each other with empathy and respect. We support each other and offer meaningful help.
    • Fun: We purposefully create outlets to take breaks and have fun. We believe we should be inspired by our jobs and each other.
  • You will report to the Manufacturing Development Engineering Manager within the AME Organization and collaborate with other team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and other manufacturing facilities in Greenville, SC and Los Angeles, CA.

About You:

  • Self-starting individual with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization
  • Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Strong time management and organizational skills; proactive and the ability to work with little supervision.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills; challenge assumptions not supported by engineering analysis
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills
  • Ability to travel as needed to Proterra and project-related partner sites

Your Experience Includes:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or similar technical field– example Majors include: Electrical Engineering, Computer and Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, etc.
- Experience working on projects with controls development and/or design
- Experience programming Allen-Bradley Rockwell, Siemens and/or Beckhoff PLCs
- Knowledge of 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, or Similar.
- Knowledge of communication between PLCs and Database
- Experience 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)
- Knowledge of Electrical Standards for industrial machinery (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A)
- Hands on experience in high or low volume manufacturing environments

Job Details:
Department: Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
- Base Location: Burlingame, CA
- Common Travel Locations: City of Industry, CA; Greenville, SC; Vendor Sites
- Travel: 0-20%

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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