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Controls Engineer, Test Engineering

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone.  Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.  

About the role

The scientists and engineers at Plenty are revolutionizing the way humans grow food. We are seeking a Controls Engineer for our Test Engineering team in Laramie, WY to help operate and develop spaces and processes to reliably test new crops, farm technologies, and grow conditions never before studied in the history of agriculture. You will be part of a fun and dynamic team that is passionate about sustainably delivering unprecedented quality, flavor, and nutrition to people worldwide.

What you'll do

  • Support commissioning test systems including large-scale grow spaces in collaboration with Research engineers and Install team. Including performing Input/Output (I/O) checks, troubleshooting issues, making modifications to Human-Machine Interface (HMI), and designing, modifying, and deploying control panels and electrical equipment
  • Execute tests requested by plant scientists and engineers with some guidance from supervisor and senior members
  • Collaborate with Engineering and Install teams to upgrade test systems for experiments or tests requiring special equipment or custom parts
  • Collaborate with Data and Computer science to improve data acquisition and operability of spaces
  • Collaborate with controls engineering team to improve the control system library for core automation developed and maintained by Plenty as well as define best practices for machine design using an object-oriented software approach
  • Participate in root cause analysis, and continuous improvement
  • Implement logic and system that reduce trial labor and improve test system(s) reliability
  • Help to reduce alerts and on-call events

What you'll bring to the table

  • 2+ years of experience in Controls or Sustaining Engineering, or a related field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting HVAC, controls, and/or fertigation equipment
  • Experience communicating across teams to clearly explain Controls concepts and escalate urgent issues when needed
  • Experience programming on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) platforms (Allen Bradley, Beckhoff)
  • Knowledge of industrial communications protocols (Modbus, OPC-UA, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP)
  • Experience with electrical and circuit design - integrating with PLCs
  • Experience designing clear and easy to use HMIs, at the machine and line level (Ignition)
  • Experience with integrating PLC controllers with supervisory systems, SCADA, MES using Python or SQL programming
  • Defining equipment safety systems including networked safety (FSoE, CIP Safety, PROFIsafe).
  • Knowledge of revision control (Git)
  • You are a champion of safety best practices

Type of role


What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • Ensure equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply