Control Systems Engineer

San Carlos, California, United States
3 months ago
Full time role


Founded by experienced renewable energy technologists and backed by committed mission-driven investors, Electric Hydrogen is building solutions to help cost-effectively ...

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Job Description

Electric Hydrogen’s mission is to create an abundant and decarbonized material future. Our outstanding people are our most important asset and will allow us to deliver hydrogen from renewable electrolysis for heavy industry, at prices below fossil fuels. 

We are looking for a Control Systems Engineer who will work on Electric Hydrogen's Prototype Plant – our first large-scale electrolysis system – located in San Carlos, CA.


  • Build process control systems on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for automation of our prototype water electrolysis plant.
  • Develop feedback control schemes from high-level documents such as P&IDs. Program, debug, test, and iterate as the layout and hardware of the prototype evolves over time.
  • Create a safe environment for prototyping. Implement robust warnings and alarms to ensure the plant operates within its design envelope and responds to excursions appropriately.
  • Build HMIs for engineers and plant operators to use in their day-to-day testing.
  • Document your code through block diagrams and flow charts. Communicate cross-functionally with engineers and scientists to help validate their prototype designs.
  • Support software developers and data scientists by maintaining well organized tags lists on the historian. Correct issues affecting signal quality and data integrity.
  • Assist with instrument selection including sensors for temperature, pressure, flow, and gas composition. Integrate with control hardware over industrial network protocols.

The role will require knowledge of multiple disciplines (electrical, mechanical, chemical) and a desire to develop controls for a rapidly evolving, prototype system. A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience developing safety critical industrial automation solutions for chemical processing, oil & gas, wastewater, or similar industry.
  • Ability to develop process controls using standard programming languages such as Ladder, Sequential Function Chart, Structured Text and Function Block Diagram.
  • Knowledge of industrial communication protocols and networks such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus, HART, etc.
  • Working knowledge of common industrial process equipment such as pumps, valves, heat exchangers, motors, compressors, etc.


  • Experience developing and maintaining control systems using Rockwell Automation suite of tools: Studio 5000 / Logix Designer, FactoryTalk, PlantPAx DCS.
  • Experience developing and maintaining data historian systems using AVEVA/OSIsoft tools: PI System, Asset Framework, PI Vision
  • Experience automating tests and data analysis tasks in a scripting environment using high-level programming languages such as Python.
  • Previous experience working in a startup environment.

Compensation & Benefits

Prototype Plant Controls Engineer (P3): $119,000 - $159,000 per year

Actual base salary offered to the hired applicant will be determined based on their work location, level, qualifications, job-related skills, as well as relevant education or training and experience.​

Base salary is just one part of Electric Hydrogen’s total rewards package. We feel strongly that our team should not have to worry about having quality healthcare. In addition to the base salary offered, the hired applicant may receive:​

  • an equity grant​
  • time off programs​
  • a $75/month cell phone allowance​
  • a 4% employer 401(k) match​
  • 100% fully paid premiums for employees and their families: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term & long-term disability coverage​
  • a discretionary bonus​

Electric Hydrogen’s benefits programs are subject to eligibility requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination required for all employees and contingent workers, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. All prospective hires will be expected to provide proof of vaccination to attend an onsite interview or at their first day of employment.

About Electric Hydrogen

Electric Hydrogen is a team of the world's experts in scaling technologies for the post-carbon world, with a proven record in transforming the grid and transportation sectors. Backed by some of the world's top venture capital firms, we design and manufacture electrolytic hydrogen systems matched to renewable power sources to create green hydrogen by splitting water. We are building a cost-effective and transformative path between renewable energy and multiple large industrial sectors. Abundant and low-cost renewable energy sources will power the world, and Electric Hydrogen technology will use this energy to decarbonize industry through sustainable materials. We were founded in 2020 and are based in California and Massachusetts.

Electric Hydrogen is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace for all to belong. We are aware that people from historically underrepresented groups are less likely to apply if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We are actively working on efforts to change this social norm. If you are excited about this role, we encourage you to apply

Founded by experienced renewable energy technologists and backed by committed mission-driven investors, Electric Hydrogen is building solutions to help cost-effectively ...

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