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AES Senior Solar Robotics Controls Engineer in New York

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The Senior Solar Robotics Controls Engineer will be a founding member of the solar innovation business responsible for redesigning the future of solar. The Senior Solar Robotics Controls Engineer will be responsible for define, design, develop and program robot architecture for Atlas, a new growth business that accelerates solar deployment. The foundation of this business is Atlas, the AI-enabled solar module installation robot developed by AES with its key industry partners.

A successful candidate has a strong technical understanding of machine infrastructure instrumentation and controls systems design combined with programming experience and will be an entrepreneurial, mission-driven individual responsible for actively progressing, developing, and executing the vision, roadmap, and product development of solar module installation robotic system. This individual will take on the responsibility of defining, designing, developing, and programming robotics applications for outdoors applications (off-road use), also, will be responsible to create and maintain product roadmap in close collaboration with mechanical, controls and vision/AI engineers. As a leader in the Atlas business, this position will work collaboratively across the Atlas, external industry partners across the value chain, and AES teams, including engineering, business development, construction, finance, supply chain, and strategy. Atlas team members believe that accelerating decarbonization requires bold action, enabling AES to perform as an industry leader today and evolve to meet future needs while advancing the market for the greater good. The Atlas team embodies AES’ thought leadership through agility, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Major Responsibilities

  • Conducting research to understand user needs and preferences.

  • Developing concepts and sketches for new products.

  • Develops and documents complex electronic and electrical system/machine requirements.

  • Designs hardware, software and interface specifications.

  • Tests and validates to ensure system designs meet operational and functional requirements.

  • Assists in monitoring supplier performance to ensure system integration and compliance with requirements.

  • Solves problems concerning fielded hardware and software over the entire product lifecycle.

  • Researches specific technology advances for potential application to company business needs.

  • Manage design tradeoffs between cost, aesthetics, performance, and other design attributes.

  • Participate in and lead Technical Design Previews for owned components as needed.

  • Coordinate prototype build plans to evaluate application concepts through physical lab testing.

  • Apply systems safety methodologies as defined by industry standards.

  • Develop new processes / methodologies used to certify autonomous / remote operations.

  • Perform safety activities in coordination with design, development and verification of robot application including: Generate safety artifacts such as FHAs & Safety Assessments for machine, systems and equipment. Generate reliability or testability assessments to support safety activities. Validate safety requirements in collaboration with systems teams. Ensure consistency between the safety activities and development activities.

  • Research, develop, implement, and test new capabilities for industrial robotics.

  • Use unmanned platforms and payload sensors to develop and implement routines/mission plans as well as localization and mapping capabilities.

  • Debug ROS packages and sensors.

  • Develop and continuously update the landscape of technologies, trends, stakeholders, and customer needs.

  • Drive product improvements and development of requirements for the robotic system to enable delivery of near-term and future commitments.

  • Identify and track key solar PV modules installation metrics for tier 1 solar tracker vendors.

  • Support on the development of Atlas operations plan based on project requirements within the established schedule.

  • Work across Atlas and AES leadership teams to build excitement and confidence around Atlas vision and objectives, and secure direct and indirect resources.

  • Foster relationships and work collaboratively with AES businesses and platform units in the US, Americas and Eurasia related to the use of this technology in their region.

  • Support periodic project updates and reporting to senior managers through preparation of project status and budget reports.


  • Founder’s mentality : Entrepreneurial passion for getting things done and a “make it happen” attitude with an intellectual curiosity to seek new opportunities.

  • Customer empathy : Strong capability to ideate new solutions and understand customerneeds, while driving new products and solutions to market.

  • Experience: Bachelor’s in an Engineering discipline with a minimum of 5+ years of proven industry experience in product/machine development from concept to production with proficiency in I&C system integration, I/O list development, instrumentation selection, control panel layout and wiring, detailed loop wiring diagram and EPLAN software. Deep knowledge programming: PLC/HMI, Robot (preferred KUKA), ROS. MBA or similar continuing education preferred.

  • Expertise: Deep familiarity with ROS, ROS 2, Python/C++, EPLAN P8.Familiarity with regulatory compliance (e.g. CE, FCC, UL), safety standards, risk assessment, product definition (sensors, power and electronics components), pneumatic calculations and definitions and colling system specification.

  • Skill and Behavior: Capability to work dynamically and collaboratively across multiple teams in a fast-paced and technical business environment with minimal supervision. Excellent communication skills. Results-oriented, “can-do” attitude, and “get things done” mentality; comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity; no compromise on attention to quality and details.

  • Technology fluency: Demonstrated ability to understand solar engineering and technology concepts, question assumptions, and make informed product and technology decisions. Technical understanding of automation, robotics, computer vision, machine learning and/or artificial intelligence, is a plus.

Travel: 50% travel

Languages: English required

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $125,000 and $156,400/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.