Controls Engineer at Vicarious

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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 Controls Engineer, you will work with cross-functional teams to design, validate, and roll out equipment for deployment. You will be key in driving standardization across all lines and processes. You will partner closely with Integration Engineers, Software Engineers, and AI Researchers to bring Vicarious components from initial design through prototype development and finally into full production.

What you'll do

  • 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

Who you are

  • Earned a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineer, etc.
  • Have 5+ years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer or Robotics Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems
  • Proficient with process integration and electromechanical/mechatronic systems
  • Knowledgeable about Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A)
  • Knowledgeable about safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA)
  • Proficient with programming industrial equipment
  • Experienced with multiple PLC platforms (B&R, Beckhoff, Allen Bradley, Siemens)
  • Experienced with text-based programming (C,C++, Python), Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI), Fieldbus networks (EtherCAT, ProfiNet, Safety rated field bus networks), serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments, and ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
  • Have a well-defined methodology for maintaining code structure and organization
  • Able to program state machines for complex processes that involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control
  • Can design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery

Nice to have's

  • Earned a Master's in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineer, etc.
  • Proficient selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and servo systems
  • Experienced with creating detailed schematics in CAD (AutoCAD preferred)
  • Able to program and tune variable frequency drives
  • Have exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT, dispense systems, temperature controllers, etc)
  • Experienced with programming articulated robots highly desired (UR, KUKA, etc.)
  • Experienced with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc)
  • Can create technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment
  • Has transitioned products and processes from prototype to production
  • Able 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.

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Technology we use

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Location

We're located next to the Union City BART station and within a 5 minute walk to local parks, cafes, and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Vicarious

What projects are you most excited about?

We’re focused on building a robotics software platform with unprecedented robustness and reconfigurability for a wide range of tasks. It’s always exciting to make robots succeed on new and challenging tasks, and the opportunities to develop cutting-edge robot behaviors at Vicarious are ever-expanding.

Ken

Research

What are some things you learned at the company?

It is more than okay to not know everything involved with the company. Every day, I get to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. These team members are always willing to talk about what they are working on and why they are passionate about it. That openness allows me to feel connected to many aspects of Vicarious and to the team.

Alex

IT

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've learned that some key ingredients for success are: work on what you believe is important, have fun with it, pay attention to details, and embrace change.

Eyrun

Research

What are Vicarious Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
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