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Sr Control Systems Engineer

St Paul, MN, USA

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About the Role

Verterra Energy is seeking a Controls and Automation Engineer with experience in control system theory, design and system implementation. The ideal candidate’s background may include experience with electrical and electronic systems, software development and the use of commercial software tools, hardware and instrumentation in the development of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems or subsea control systems.

The ideal candidate will have a curious and thoughtful mind with a passion for engineering, robotics and computer sciences and a will thrive in a dynamic technology development environment with the ability to quickly adapt to evolving timelines and objectives. A strong applicant will have a mix of managerial and hands-on experience and will understand how to plan and execute project tasks.

We are looking for individuals who can hit-the-ground-running and execute on their own as well as helping to build out the electronics team over the coming years.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work closely with other engineering team members in the definition and development of system functionalities and specifications.

  • Development of automation and control system prototypes using approaches that range from industry standard to new and novel.

  • Development of onboard environmental, health monitoring and performance capturing systems, including data acquisition.

  • Advancing Verterra Energy’s subsea-grade sensor and control system integration capabilities in pursuit of robust, long term system operation.

  • Field work for control system, sensor and data acquisition system testing and validation.

  • Advancing the ability for Verterra Energy’s modular hydro power systems to produce reliable electrical power with minimal operator intervention.

  • Create and maintain production prints, assembly instructions, bills of material, and other documentation related to developed products.

  • Generate procedural support documents and user manuals for developed products.

  • Support prototype system assembly, integration, bench and field-testing activities.

  • Iteratively advance and integrate hardware and software advancements within an aggressive prototyping schedule.

  • Create verification plans for component and system designs.

  • Oversee vendors, suppliers or service providers in pursuit of technology development goals.

Personal Qualifications

  • Curious, proactive, and results-driven team player

  • Can find structure in complex situations by utilizing strong communication skills to guide the team through your planning

  • Understands that a certain amount of groundwork (document control, follow up for planning updates, administrative tasks, etc.) is part of the job at a startup

  • Performs well in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

Professional Qualifications

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering, electro-mechanical systems, Systems Engineering, robotics or Computer Science from an accredited university.  

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in an engineering, R&D, or technology development position. 

  • Familiarity with MIL-Specs, NEMA and other industry standards. 

  • Experience using mathematics software such as Matlab, Labview or MathCAD Practical experience with prototyping platforms such as SciLab, Simulink or similar. 

  • Experience using 2D CAD applications, such as AutoCAD, for schematic and engineering drawings. 

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills. 

  • Authorized to work in the US

This position will work primarily from the Verterra Energy, Inc headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This is a hands-on position, so the candidate will be equally at ease in the field, machine shop or behind a desk working virtually or directly with hardware and instruments. Fabrication, prototyping and testing will be routine activities.

COVID-19 considerations: All employees are required to be vaccinated.


  • Health Insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Dental insurance

  • Matching 401 (k)

  • Vision insurance

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional development assistance

  • Performance bonuses

“We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.”

About the Company

Verterra Energy is on a mission to harness the power in the world’s rivers, canals and oceans.

To accomplish this, we are commercializing our first device called VOLTURNUS, a pioneering waterpower technology that deploys in harmony with the current to dynamically adjust to water direction, velocity and depth.

We are building an extraordinary team to accomplish this important mission. Verterra Energy is funded through a multiyear DoD contract in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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