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Controls Engineer

Company: Vicarious AI
Location: Union City
Posted on: February 14, 2021

Job Description:

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots with human level performance on real-world manipulation tasks. We are passionate about changing the world with science and software, and we are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission. -- As a Senior Controls Engineer, you will work with cross-functional teams to design, validate, and finally roll-out equipment for deployment. The candidate will be key in driving standardization across all lines and processes. He/She will work closely with Applications Engineers, Software Engineers and AI Researchers to bring Vicarious components from initial design, through prototype development and finally into full production. Your Responsibilities

  • Develop company level and line/machine level controls standards and specifications for application by internal Applications teams and external customers
  • Create through to full deployment line and component level controls architecture
  • Create detailed utility layouts for entire lines and interface with Applications teams and customer facilities representatives for implementation
  • Layout new industrial electrical control panels which are NFPA79/NEC/UL508A compliant, and create electrical, pneumatic and fluid schematics
  • Participate in initial equipment conceptual development and carefully balance product specifications, process requirements, layout complexity, cost, and lead-time
  • Architect, write and debug PLC code with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable. PLC code will interact with subsystems such as conveyors, robots, LabView, machine vision, and 3rd party equipment.
  • Implement (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment
  • Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting
  • Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic, and fluid plumbing
  • Select and size electrical and electromechanical components such as servos
  • Train internal and external teams to support automated equipment after deployment
  • Debug and optimize automated processes to maximize cycle time, improve availability and yield Background/Experience
    • BS Electrical Engineering (or equivalent - Majors in Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.)
    • 5+ years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer or Robotics Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems.
    • Proficiency with process integration and electromechanical/mechatronic systems
    • Knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A).
    • In-depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06 , OSHA).
    • Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment
    • Experience with multiple PLC platforms (B&R, Beckhoff, Allen Bradley, Siemens)(Beckhoff and B&R controllers)
    • Text-based programming (C,C++, Python)
    • Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI)
    • Field bus Networks (EtherCAT, ProfiNet, Safety rated field bus networks)
    • Serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
    • Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
    • Demonstrated excellence in programming PLCs. Must have a well-defined methodology for maintaining code structure and organization. Ability to program state machines for complex processes that involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control.--Proven ability to design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery Preferred Experience
      • MS Electrical Engineering (or equivalent - Majors in Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.) and 3+ years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer or Robotics Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems
      • Proficiency selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and servo systems
      • Proficiency in creating detailed schematics in CAD (AutoCAD preferred)
      • Proficiency programming and tuning variable frequency drives
      • Exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT, dispense systems, temperature controllers, etc)
      • Experience programming Articulated robots are highly desired (UR, Kuka, etc)
      • Experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc)
      • Experience creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment is highly desired
      • Experience transitioning products and processes from prototype to production
      • Ability to use 3D CAD packages such as Inventor and SolidWorks is a plus Vicarious is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to fair hiring practices and a welcoming working environment. All candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or expression, medical condition, or socioeconomic status. We value our differences and we're excited to learn what you can add to our team.

Keywords: Vicarious AI, Union City , Controls Engineer, Engineering , Union City, California

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