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Controls Technician

Form Energy

Form Energy

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023

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 controls engineering technician to join the new and growing operations team, responsible for developing novel equipment used to manufacture electrodes for Form Energy’s commercial product. This role offers an exciting opportunity to bring novel manufacturing equipment to life and maintain a cycle of continuous improvement.

Reporting to our Associate Manager, Equipment Maintenance, you will be part of a group working on equipment and processes for manufacturing. In this role, you will sustain control systems for both simple and complex manufacturing systems, from isolated machine cells to fully automated process lines.

Bringing your experience in control system programming, commissioning, and troubleshooting, you will work closely with a wide variety of teams both on the technical and operational sides of Form.

What You’ll Do:

  • Responsible for installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting industrial controls equipment

  • Provide electrical and controls support for the production operations and maintenance departments, including troubleshooting control and electrical issues and problem resolution as they relate to equipment and process downtime, throughput improvement, and/or any safety concerns

  • Ensure plant automated equipment, robots, PLC’s, and process control equipment, is functioning as designed/required

  • Responsible for minor PLC and HMI software changes, including improvements, and troubleshooting of existing equipment

  • Utilize input from production, maintenance supervisors, operators, vendors, and service providers to provide troubleshooting assistance and make improvements

  • Responsible for following all Safety and Environmental policies and procedures

  • Work with Engineers and other Technicians on new automated process equipment for deployment into production.

  • Work with engineers to layout and fabricate machine control panels

What You’ll Bring:

  • Strong understanding of electrical and mechanical systems

  • Read and interpret electrical and mechanical schematics, diagrams, and blueprints to troubleshoot and repair electrical and mechanical systems

  • Understand how to use and read various types of monitoring and control equipment to ensure the systems are working properly

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Attention to detail when testing and troubleshooting equipment

  • Recording data and documenting procedures

  • Experience in control panel fabrication and modification

  • Experience in sensor integration

  • Minimum of an associate degree, Certification in Automation, Journeyman Electrician, or significant controls experience in a Manufacturing Environment



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.