Automation & Controls Engineer

Woburn, MA

Overview of Role

ZwitterCo is seeking an Automation & Controls Engineer to join our internal engineering team in supporting advanced R&D, manufacturing, and piloting projects. Candidates with a diverse skill set and comfort prototyping a wide variety of I/O and control schemes are desired. This team completes diverse and challenging engineering projects in cooperation with other R&D teams, manufacturing operations, and field engineering.

About ZwitterCo

Water and wastewater management challenges are more than just headline problems. Issues like global water scarcity, heightened industrial water consumption, and ecosystem stress from improperly discharged effluents are applying economic pressure on all stakeholders in the lifecycle of water. As a result, water is now being prioritized as an issue of public health, environmental welfare, and national security. While the limited infrastructure currently in place to manage this critical resource remains a major risk for the future, public and private resolve to protect our planet are reaching levels not seen in recent memory. The scale of the challenge demands creativity and participation from everyone. At ZwitterCo, we play our part by innovating and implementing groundbreaking solutions.

ZwitterCo has developed a breakthrough in materials science – a new class of zwitterionic membrane chemistries – one which is uniquely positioned to treat highly-impaired wastewater. We deliver the treatment performance necessary to have measurable environmental impact and the economic value to be implemented swiftly. ZwitterCo’s mission is to make it practical for industries to reuse water, instead of wasting it, and we have the industry commitments and resources to deliver on that promise. The company has commercial operations in multiple food and beverage and industrial sectors and continues to advance the technology platform to unlock broader water and wastewater applications.


The Automation and Controls Engineer will become the technical leader for designing, modifying, and maintaining in-house systems with a variety of control and I/O hardware. Collaborating with other engineering & technical staff, this individual will take on projects such as:

  • Modifying HMI software for PLC-controlled wastewater treatment pilot skids
  • Designing & building laboratory-scale I/O systems for datalogging experiments
  • Maintaining and upgrading PLC/HMI on manufacturing equipment
  • Providing technical oversight and review of externally-sourced controls packages

ZwitterCo does not ship systems or control panels as a product; all work by this team is for internal stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of a technical bachelor’s degree.

  • 3+ years’ experience designing and/or maintaining HMI software for PLC hardware and software (strong preference given to those with hands-on experience with Factory Talk)
    • Allen Bradley, Siemens, and Automation Direct / C-More are all in use; preference is for expertise with Allen Bradley
  • Ability to solve a diverse range of automation problems, from low cost quick turnaround data logging systems to complete process control systems
  • Working knowledge of panel layout, power electronics, and controls wiring principles
  • Experience developing NI LabView projects is a huge plus
  • Demonstrated aptitude for solving integrated I/O and controls challenges
  • Desire to work on a wide variety of technical challenges including both R&D and manufacturing projects
  • Prior start-up experience is desired and/or a demonstrated track record working in high growth, fast paced environments
  • Experience with SCADA systems
  • Experience implementing Industry 4.0 concepts is highly prized (inclusive of IIoT equipment-based sensors, digital twins and data analytic based dashboards)

Schedule, Travel, Location, and Compensation

This is a full-time position on-site in Woburn, MA.

Travel for this role is expected to be 10% or less.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and include equity and benefits.