Senior Controls Engineer

Bowery Farming

Baltimore, MD, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering QA
  • Post Date: 05/03/2021
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  • Company Address: , New York, NY

About Bowery Farming

Bowery is growing food for a better future by revolutionizing agriculture. Our modern farming company combines the benefits of the best local farms with advances made possible by technology to grow produce you can feel good about eating. BoweryOS, our proprietary software system, uses vision systems, automation technology, and machine learning to monitor plants and all the variables that drive their growth 24/7.

Job Description

Bowery Farming, the Modern Farming Company, was founded in 2015 with the belief that technology and human ingenuity can grow better food for a better future. Propelled by its proprietary software system, the BoweryOS, Bowery builds smart indoor vertical farms that deliver a wide variety of Protected Produce — in little time, near cities they serve, for a truly local approach. Bowery’s farms are growing the next generation of vibrant and flavorful produce. They’re 100 times more productive on the same footprint of land than traditional agriculture, and grow traceable pesticide-free produce – the purest, best expression of what produce is meant to be – with a fraction of the water and land. 
Bowery Farming is seeking a Senior Control Engineer to join our Robotics & Automation (R&A) team to support our full-time operations in Baltimore, MD or Bethlehem, PA. The Controls Engineer will Report to the Vice President of R&A. The responsibilities include PLC programming, SCADA system development, process implementation and optimization across multiple systems. The Controls Engineer will be involved with the design, commissioning, ramp-up, and operations of several farms. The Controls Engineer will support Facilities and Maintenance teams in preparing preventative maintenance and standard operating procedures documentation. This job also includes covering all locations across PA, MD, NY, and NJ

What You'll Do:

    • Lead several initiatives and tasks related to PLCs, SCADA, and electromechanical systems
    • Focus on the development of standards, standard operating procedures, preventative maintenance documentation, and the execution of research and development (R&D) projects.
    • Develop and operate the automated system at several locations
    • Monitor and improve the systems performance during several phases of production
    • Provide technical root cause analysis on automated systems and prepare potential solutions- Travel to existing and future farms to assist with operations and construction/start-up activities. 
    • Manage vendors across mechanical, electrical and on-call contractors
    • Work cross functionally with multiple teams to drive innovation throughout the company.

What You'll Have:

      • Relevant years experience in Engineering (Controls, Automation, Electrical, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, or Mechanical Automation)
      • Experience leading and managing remote vendor teams
      • Experience managing fast track design/build projects or multiple significant upgrade projects
      • Experience leading Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) of automation equipment
      • Experience developing design documentation (functional specifications, operations manuals, mechanical and electrical schematics)
      • Proven ability to read/write and troubleshoot PLC code (Omron, Allen Bradley, or Siemens) including ladder logic and structured text. 
      • Experience with motor control (ATL, Softstarters, and VFDs)
      • Experience installing and programming HMIs (Rockwell, Weintek)
      • Experience with installing, developing, and optimizing SCADA systems (Ignition)
      • Experience with setting up local and cloud based database systems with the ability to query
      • Experience with AS/RS systems and other inventory related robotics and automated systems
      • Understanding of Warehouse Execution / Management / Control Systems
      • Ability to read and write schematics using AutoCAD Electrical (3D is nice to have)

Who You Are:

      • Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency
      • You’re a team player and work well with others in the face of challenges and a common mission 
      • Ability to multitask and prioritize diverse tasks, to hit hard deadlines, and to know when to escalate issues that arise.
      • You thrive in ambiguity and play nice in the sandbox.
      • Safety is your overriding priority and you think safety first in every situation.
      • You possess strong interpersonal skills – seen as a natural team builder 
      • Ability and willingness to travel up to 40%

Who We Are:

    • Bowery is a place where everyone is welcome, included and empowered to reach their full potential 
    • We live our shared values every day in both big and small ways: opt-in, think wildly different, break barriers together & be kind to the core 
    • We are a mission-driven team of unconventional thinkers, problem-solvers, optimists and activators 
    • We share a passion for giving back more to the planet than we take, growing deliciously abundant food without abundant harm
    • We are excited to hear from you!
The largest vertical farming company in the U.S., Bowery’s produce is available in almost 800 grocery stores and via e-commerce platforms serving the Tri-state and Mid-Atlantic region, including Amazon Fresh, Albertsons, Giant Food, Hungryroot, Walmart, Weis, Whole Foods Market, and specialty grocers. Based in New York City, Bowery has raised more than $172.5 million from leading investors, including Temasek and GV (formerly Google Ventures), General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, Henry Kravis, Jeff Wilke, and Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as some of the foremost thought leaders in food, including Tom Colicchio, José Andres, and David Barber of Blue Hill.

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.