Controls Engineer, System Solutions

Website Plug Power

POSITION: Controls Engineer, System Solutions


SUMMARY: The Controls Engineer is a critical member of the electrolyzer product team.  This position is responsible for developing and maintaining the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system for hydrogen generation equipment/facilities at various Plug Power customer locations. Hydrogen generation system performance is largely dependent upon establishing and supporting the proper software programming.  The Controls Engineer creates the base programs to be used in new production as well as helps remotely manage the active fleet of equipment while optimizing system performance and limiting equipment failures/downtime. By partnering with the engineering, manufacturing, and field service teams the Controls Engineer will develop a thorough understanding of the performance requirements of the electrolyzer systems and continually refine controls to enhance system reliability. This role is vital to support Plug Power technology in the field while also furthering the Company’s reputation as the industry leader in hydrogen applications.



  • Develop and deploy software solutions for hydrogen generation systems focused around process control and optimal system performance
  • Create and manage programs for Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Create and manage methods for data acquisition and interpretation of system information
  • Provide leadership when deploying software solutions for H2 infrastructure to ensure appropriate communication and achievement of deliverables
  • Perform system tests to ensure that software and automation solutions are effective and reliable both pre and post deployment
  • Create and provide training to users on system interfacing and troubleshooting
  • Continually engage with H2 generation & infrastructure stakeholders to understand H2 system performance needs
  • Refine system automation and software solutions based upon field data and stakeholder input
  • Manage the engineering change process around software releases
  • Develop, read, and interpret Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) and Electrical Schematics as needed
  • Represent Plug Power in a professional manner at all times and in all interactions
  • Perform all other duties as assigned


  • BS degree in Engineering, Information Systems or other relevant field of study
  • Five (5) or more years of relevant work history; experience developing HMI & PLC solutions for field applications preferred
  • Prior experience with gas processing and/or refueling systems preferred
  • Experience with
    • PLC Programming – Ladder Logic, Functional Block Diagram, Sequential Flow Charts
    • HMI Programming
    • Schneider automation suite (Citect, Vijeo, Unity, Modicon, etc)
    • Allen Bradley (RS Logix, Factory Talk, etc)
    • Modbus Protocol
    • Data management
    • SQL
    • Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to travel as needed to carry out duties of the position – up to 25%
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities with strong attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills
  • Ability to manage complex projects and multi-task effectively
  • Excellent follow-through
  • Must be driven and self-motivated
  • Must possess the highest ethical standards and a commitment to work quality

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