Natel Energy, Inc

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Mechatronics/Controls Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Full-time
  • Alameda, CA

2022-09-12 21:03:27 UTC


Natel Energy Inc. is seeking an engineer with experience in controls or systems theory, software development, and electronics. Natel’s innovative low-head, fish-safe hydro turbines rely on modern industrial control systems and sensors, as well as open-source data streaming, storage, and analysis tools to function efficiently and competitively.

The Controls Team at Natel aims to develop the turbine control system into a high-value product that allows customers to complete new hydro projects and upgrades as quickly as possible. We work closely with the Mechanical Design Team, Project Development, Sales, and customers to build a control and monitoring platform from sensors to analytics.


The Mechatronics/Controls Engineer will collaborate with Mechanical Engineers, Hydraulic Engineers, Hydroelectric Plant Designers, Plant Operators, and customers to develop scalable and reliable control systems for distributed hydropower systems as part of Natel’s Product Development Team. This position will report to Natel’s Controls Team Lead.


  • Develop, manage, and maintain PLC automation code for our plants and test systems, including implementation of best practices from the (non-industrial) software development space, such as version control and automatic testing pipelines

  • Design Turbine control algorithms, creating dynamic simulations of electromechanical systems to test these algorithms, then validating and improving the results with lab and field testing

  • Gain a deep understanding of industrial sensing, actuation, and Fieldbus systems and their electrical and software interfaces to build robust and reliable autonomous power generation stations

  • Use open source and proprietary tools for analysis and synthesis of turbine data from field operations, performance testing, and lab testing. Particular focus is on improving condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, and fault tracing

  • Specify, design, implement, test, and mature these systems as part of Natel’s Product Development Team. 

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in an Engineering discipline

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an engineering field

  • Software and hardware experience is required, although familiarity with specific platforms, programming languages, or technologies is not necessary

  • A motivation to apply your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced R&D and production environment

You'd be a good fit if

  • You’re a multidisciplinary engineer seeking a broad range of responsibilities and are motivated to make an outsized impact on next-generation clean energy technology, we encourage you to apply

  • You’re detail-oriented, innovative, self-starter with excellent communication skills. 

  • You have the ability to solve problems methodically and creatively and to communicate the results effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • You have  motivation to apply your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced R&D and production environment

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every qualification. If you’re passionate about water, climate and renewable energy we’d love to chat!

We are proud to offer great benefits like 4 weeks of paid vacation and trans-inclusive health insurance plans (along with dental, vision and life insurance). We want our team to live full lives outside of work. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer equity to new employees and other incentive compensation for overall team performance. 


Alameda, California. This position requires onsite presence at our office in Alameda, CA.

Travel. <10%, as needed to provide support at our operating projects. 

Our hiring process

Natel Energy is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias, and have structured pay scales to prevent inequity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Interested applicants should send a resume, a cover letter specific to the role appended to the resume, and portfolio, if available.