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Sr Automation Engineer

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Software Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

Company Overview:

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:

The Robotics Software Engineering Team is building out a novel type of cooperative robotic platform that utilizes our large-scale additive manufacturing systems. This platform will pave the way for the continuous invention of new capabilities. We prioritize performance, simplicity, simulation/testing, and reusability, building cohesive interfaces with every piece of equipment we use. Our team provides a system with which custom robots and additive systems can be built and integrated seamlessly.

About the Role:

As a Senior Automation Engineer, you will lead the development, integration, and optimization of automation systems for our cooperative robotics platform. You will focus on designing and implementing robotic control systems, programming PLCs, and developing real-time systems to enhance operational efficiency and precision. Your expertise will drive the advancement of our automation capabilities, creating solutions for industrial automation.

About You:

  • Education: BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, or a related field.
  • Extensive experience in robotics control systems: In-depth knowledge of designing, implementing, and optimizing control systems for robotic applications.
  • Proficiency in PLC programming: Strong background in programming and configuring Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for industrial automation.
  • Experience with automation protocols: Familiarity with protocols such as Modbus, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, and others used in industrial automation.
  • Understanding of real-time systems: Working knowledge of real-time operating systems (RTOS) and principles of real-time computing for deterministic control.
  • Expertise in motion control: Ability to design and implement advanced motion control algorithms for precise robotic movement and positioning.
  • Strong problem-solving skills: Capability to troubleshoot and resolve complex issues in automation systems, ensuring reliability and performance.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills: Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and work in cross-functional teams to achieve project goals.
  • Knowledge of safety standards in industrial automation: Understanding of safety regulations and best practices to ensure safe operation of automated systems.
  • Experience with robotics integration: Proven track record of integrating robotic systems into industrial environments, including sensor integration and data processing.

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Experience with SCADA systems: Knowledge of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for monitoring and controlling industrial processes.
  • Proficiency in HMI design: Ability to design and develop Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) for operator interaction with automation systems.
  • Familiarity with industrial network protocols: Understanding of network protocols used in industrial settings, including Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, and DeviceNet.
  • Advanced motion control expertise: Experience with advanced motion control techniques, such as trajectory planning, servo control, and kinematics.
  • Background in computer vision: Knowledge of computer vision techniques for enhancing automation capabilities, including object detection and tracking.
  • Experience with industrial mobile robots: Familiarity with programming and integrating mobile robots used for material handling and logistics.
  • Interest in emerging technologies: Passion for staying updated with the latest advancements in automation and robotics technologies. Willingness to explore and experiment with new tools and methodologies to enhance system capabilities.
  • Experience with agile development methodologies: Familiarity with agile software development practices, including iterative development and continuous integration.

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here: https://px.sequoia.com/relativityspace
Hiring Range:
$157,000$200,000 USD