1.7. Controls Engineer

Burlington, MA
Phoenix Tailings – 1. Engineering /
Full Time /
About Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings is a rapidly-growing clean mining and metals production startup dedicated to sustainable and economic critical metals production. Our mission is to be the world's first fully clean mining and metals production company, producing the resources needed for the next generation of our economy.  
Why Phoenix Tailings
At Phoenix Tailings, we believe that nothing great is ever accomplished alone or without the passion of people who push and motivate one another. If you are someone who shares our relentless pursuit of a better future, passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, then this is the place for you.  

Our Values:
You are only crazy if you are wrong, it’s ok to be wrong
Lead with Compassion
Be Resourceful

Who we are looking for:   

We are looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented Controls Engineer to join our dynamic team dedicated to recovering rare earth elements in a rare earth metal refinery. You will leverage your extensive experience and contribute significantly to this cutting-edge process, ensuring efficient and responsible extraction of these critical resources for clean energy technologies, electric vehicles, and advanced electronics. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Create custom control systems specifically designed for rare earth metal refining processes, covering material feeding, extraction, electrolysis, solvent extraction, and other critical processes. 
    • Work closely with process engineering teams to design and implement control philosophies that optimize refining operations and ensure efficiency and reliability. 
    • Utilize advanced analysis techniques to thoroughly assess refining systems, develop accurate models, and simulate processes to refine control algorithms and enhance process yield and purity. 
    • Build and manage Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programs, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) interfaces, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems tailored to the specific needs of rare earth metal refining equipment. 
    • Ensure seamless integration of hardware components such as pumps, valves, and sensors with control systems by configuring and commissioning them effectively. 
    • Deploy SCADA systems for real-time monitoring, data acquisition, and remote operation, enabling efficient management and control of refining processes. 
    • Conduct comprehensive testing and validation to ensure that control systems meet stringent quality and safety standards, guaranteeing optimal performance and reliability. 
    • Offer technical assistance during system installation, startup, and ongoing operation, providing guidance and support to operations and maintenance teams to ensure smooth functioning. 
    • Collaborate with IT professionals to establish secure communication protocols, implement encryption mechanisms, and adhere to industry best practices to safeguard refining processes against cyber threats and unauthorized access. 


    • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering, or related field (Master's preferred). 
    • 2+ years of experience in industrial control system design, specializing in chemical processing or metallurgy. 
    • Proficiency in experience in PLC programming (Allen-Bradley) and SCADA (Ignition) systems.  
    • Strong understanding of control theory principles, including adaptive and model predictive control strategies. 
    • Familiarity with process instrumentation and industrial communication protocols relevant to metal manufacturing and production 
    • Exceptional problem-solving skills and attention to detail, with a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions to complex technical challenges. 
    • Ability to thrive both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. 
    • Excellent communication skills, capable of effectively conveying technical concepts to diverse stakeholders. 

We offer a competitive compensation package that is based on expertise. We also offer the following benefits:

    • Healthcare, we care about you and your family: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage 
    • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company. 
    • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families. 
    • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world. 
    • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, annual retreats, and celebrations. 
    • Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career. 
    • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference! 
    • Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don’t work at the office every day. 
At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining.   
Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).