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South 8

South 8

Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Job Title: Control Systems Engineer
Location: San Diego, CA – Bay Park area
Position Type: Full-time
Experience Level: 3+ years relevant work experience with B.S. Degree
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, paid vacation, and a great team environment

JOB SUMMARY
Support development of controls & automation for R&D and production equipment, scaling Liquified Gas Electrolyte battery technology for pilot manufacturing. Hands on and ability to work with team and third-party vendors is critical. Creative problem solving, good attention to detail, and excellent working knowledge of systems development are required.

DESCRIPTION
Become a critical member of our fast-growing team working to develop a breakthrough battery technology to change the way batteries are made and used worldwide to enable a greener future. In this position, you will be a key part of our core team, at the forefront of taking next-generation chemistries and packaging them into advanced battery cells.

We are looking for a passionate Control Systems Engineer with great collaborative skills to support our multi-disciplinary team in the Bay Park area of San Diego, CA. This role will be responsible for designing and developing processes and production automation in support of electrolyte and cylindrical cell manufacturing. The ideal candidate would have excellent working knowledge of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), C++, and/or LabView programing; a track record of successful component and hardware selection for various electrical, thermal, and pressure processes; and an eagerness for hands-on rapid development, testing, process optimization, validation, and troubleshooting.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Lead the design and development of automation solutions and systems to meet internal customer process requirements.
• Interface with internal program managers and technical experts to define requirements and updates on project timelines.
• Rapidly research, design, prototype, and validate automation & controls technology.
• Scripting and programming to automate for pilot production systems for various thermal, pneumatic, and electrical controls using both digital and analog architectures.
• Read and build P&IDs and process flows to construct fully automated system architectures.
• Electrical, thermal, and pressure component and hardware selection and specification.
• Investigate and eliminate defects or errors in the system via system debugging and troubleshooting.
• Identify areas for improvement to increase process efficiency and establish monitoring and Quality Assurance validation processes.
• Create connection between information inputs, outputs, and controllers.
• Develop necessary documentation, training, and technical support to ensure successful user operation, maintenance strategies, and calibration procedures.
• Deliver epic High Fives.

REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent field with 3+ years of relevant experience.
• Proven experience developing control systems from concept to successful release.
• PLC Programing, C++, MATLAB, Simulink, or Python experience. LabView experience a plus.
• Demonstrated knowledge of control systems related to automated pneumatic controls, component handling, thermal management, and linear and rotary actuator systems.
• Solid understanding of digital and analog input sensor integration and data acquisition.
• Understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals: properties of materials, solid mechanics, design failure risk analysis, mechanical testing, and technical documentation.
• Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and succeed in an environment with competing demands.
• Hands-on fabrication, machining, and assembly skills for rapid prototyping.
• Familiarity with SolidWorks software, DFM, GD&T, FEA, CAD, and drawing standards.
• An aptitude for learning new things and a keen eye for improving processes.
• Ability to lift 35 lbs.

At the time of posting, the expected starting salary range for this role is $80,000 – $120,000 annually. The actual pay depends on multiple individualized factors, including education, job-related knowledge, experience, and skills, which will be assessed during the interview process. The comprehensive compensation package for this position may also include other elements, such as health benefits, 401k, and company stock options. The base pay range and package is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

ABOUT SOUTH 8 TECHNOLOGIES
South 8 Technologies, Inc. is a fast growing and well-funded group backed by leading global organizations. We have developed a breakthrough new Liquefied Gas Electrolyte chemistry for next-generation lithium batteries. Our patented technology enables a substantial increase in energy, improved safety, and an exceptionally wide operating temperature. Leveraging conventional materials and manufacturing, South 8 Technologies offers a unique solution for a variety of e-mobility, energy storage, and industrial applications.

South 8 Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2015 and spun out of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. We are a diverse team, which values integrity and hard work in an environment that encourages creative thinking, collaboration, and honest feedback. Become a critical member of our team and grow alongside us as we transform the energy landscape.

JOB APPLICATION
Candidates may apply by sending resume to careers@south8technologies.com.
Candidates only – we will not respond to inquiries from third-party recruiters.
South 8 Technologies is an equal opportunity employer.