Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Senior Control Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

As a Senior Control Systems Engineer, you will focus on designing and building data acquisition and process control systems for chemical processing. These systems will integrate instrumentation, controls, plumbing, fluid power, and solids handling to enable novel electrochemical and metallurgical processes for steel production.

In this role you will:

  • Design electrical/electronic systems, fabrication, and commissioning of automated equipment
  • Develop, troubleshoot, and maintain instrumentation, control systems, and electrical equipment at a pilot scale
  • Program PLCs and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Specify and source appropriate equipment and instrumentation to meet system design requirements
  • Troubleshoot electrochemical systems and perform root cause analysis to improve existing systems
  • Autonomously lead projects while collaborating with internal teams, vendors, and outside agencies as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM related field of study; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • 4+ years experience with PLC programming, including ladder logic and structured text (Siemens preferred)
  • Advanced experience with instrumentation such as voltage, amperage, temperature, pressure, level, weight, and flow
  • Familiarity with high voltage and low voltage electrical design and troubleshooting
  • Knowledge of industrial automation communication protocols such as Modbus, Profibus, Ethernet, RS485, etc.
  • High level programming experience in Python, Javascript, C/C++, or equivalent
  • In depth knowledge of engineering design, concepts, principles, practices, and procedures
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with, or ability to quickly learn, Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Master's degree in related field
  • 6+ years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency with Siemens S7, Ignition, SolidWorks Electrical, and SQL databases

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to stand/sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to operate the following equipment and tools: Multimeter, Oscilloscope


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $100,000 - $130,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education

Benefits for you:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Reasonable use PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits for your family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits for your future:

  • 401(k) with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options