Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Staff SCADA Engineer, Manufacturing

Form Energy

Form Energy

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of climate change with the team that will deliver? Form Energy is a U.S. technology and manufacturing company that is developing and commercializing pioneering energy storage technologies to enable the electric grid to run on 100% renewable energy, every day of the year.

Supported by leading investors such as Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ArcelorMittal, TPG Rise, MIT’s The Engine, and others, we share a common belief that low-cost, multi-day energy storage is the key to enable tomorrow’s zero carbon electric grid. Driven by our core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, we are deeply motivated and inspired to create a better world. We need talented, hardworking individuals who share our goal of tackling the challenge of climate change. Do you want to work with us today to build a better tomorrow?

Role Description

We are looking for an experienced SCADA engineer to join the new and growing Manufacturing Controls Engineering team. You will be responsible for the design, development, and commissioning of our SCADA and HMI systems to provide seamless operator interface with the control systems and equipment used to manufacture and assemble battery components for Form Energy’s commercial product. This role offers an exciting opportunity to bring cutting edge manufacturing equipment to life while doing your part to help combat climate change! Reporting to the Manager, Manufacturing Controls Engineering, you will lead a quickly-growing controls team while focusing on creating SCADA and HMI systems which work seamlessly with the control systems for manufacturing and assembly. In this role, you will build the control systems for high volume automated process equipment, robotic cells, servo actuated mechatronic systems, and utilities systems with a focus on SCADA and HMI applications and integration with MES systems.

Bringing your experience in SCADA and HMI design, programming, commissioning, and equipment hand off to manufacturing operations, you will work closely with a wide variety of teams both on the technical and operational sides of Form. You can expect to become deeply entrenched in the intersection of critical functions as the team works toward a common goal of manufacturing battery components and assemblies in high volume.

This opportunity is based out of Form Energy's Eighty Four, PA facility. Relocation assistance is available.

What you'll do:

  • Lead and grow a world-class team of controls engineers that deliver on key objectives toward advancing Form Energy’s manufacturing equipment development efforts.

  • Develop company level SCADA and HMI standards and specifications for application by the internal equipment development team and external partners.

  • Create SCADA architecture and programming for manufacturing equipment and production lines.

  • Participate in SCADA and HMI conceptual development and carefully balance the needs of end users, cost, and lead-time limits.

  • Lay out server and local HMI stations requirements.

  • Work with the controls engineers to develop schematics for local HMI stations.

  • Architect, write, and debug SCADA and HMI programming with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.

  • Work with cross-functional teams throughout the entire lifecycle of the SCADA and HMI development.

  • Work with controls engineers to verify new automated process equipment for deployment into production.

What you'll bring:

  • 10+ years of experience as a hands-on SCADA Engineer working on design, development, and commissioning of complex SCADA and HMI systems.

  • Subject Matter Expert with Inductive Automation’s Ignition platform. Should have gold certification from Inductive Automation.

  • Experience with integration of Ignition with SepaSoft or similar MES platform.

  • Advanced Proficiency with interfacing with Siemens and Rockwell controls platforms with Ignition.

  • Experience with multiple HMI systems (Simatic WinCC, FactoryTalk View).

  • Experience with multiple industrial communications protocols (PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, MODBUS TCP, and serial).

  • Experience designing, developing, and maintaining OT Network equipment.

  • Experience selecting and integrating hardware for servers and industrial PCs for the SCADA and HMI systems.

  • Proven ability to design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery.

  • Strong technical communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Excitement and willingness to lead a rapidly growing multi-disciplinary engineering team.

  • BS degree or higher in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent).



Humanity is a cornerstone of Form Energy’s culture, and we make sure our compensation and benefits reflect that. Form Energy offers competitive salaries, stock options, and a holistic benefits package to ensure all employees have what they need to thrive while working here.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we cover 100% of medical, dental, and vision premiums for full-time employees - and 80% of healthcare premiums for dependents. This starts from day one. We also offer at least 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents (up to 20 weeks for birthing parents), and generous vacation policies to give employees time to recharge when needed.

To build a clean and equitable energy future, we need everyone at the table. We strive to form a team as diverse as the communities we will serve with our technology, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply to our open jobs.