Sr. AM Automation Engineer

Torrance, CA
Additive Manufacturing – Additive Manufacturing /
Full-time /
Divergent is a technology company that has architected, invented, built, and commercialized an end-to-end factory system called the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS™) that comprehensively uses machine learning to optimally engineer, additively manufacture, and flexibly assemble complex integrated vehicle structures and subsystems. Products created using DAPS are superior in performance, lower in cost, rapidly customizable to meet mission and customer-specific requirements, faster to market, and scalable on demand to high volume production. Divergent is a qualified Tier 1 supplier to global automotive OEMs, and Divergent is now expanding to support mission critical needs in the Aerospace and Defense sector.

 Purpose of Job: 

Team members in this role will develop next generation Additive Manufacturing (AM) equipment with Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) and ancillaries to produce metal components. Working at the intersection of hardware, software, electro-optic and mechatronics systems, unlocking the next level of productivity and material quality with 3D manufacturing. Continuous improvement of current and next generation Additive Manufacturing equipment is the main goal. Divergent is seeking a forward-looking and innovative senior team member who will help shape the future of manufacturing and its automation. Lead additive manufacturing related automation integration for control and closed loop feedback such as mechanical, thermal and optical controls. Driving implementation of new Machine Control Software (MCS), automation with PLC tools comprising the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) Factory Management Module. 


Essential Job Functions and Performance Standards: 

Responsible for seamless integration of the process control codebase to the custom developed Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) subsystems  

Support building machine control software-hardware on a high level and lead the low-level implementation to get functionality desired from the AM machine.  

Support development, implementation, and validation of machine controls sub-systems to integrate MCS for advance Additive AM machine by:  

Working with cross functional teams to determine machine specifications and requirements. 

Support machine communication requirements by evaluating machine modifications needed for developing new PLC code and implementation of new sets of sensors and actuators. 

Evaluate pre-existing machine PLC codes, implementing the machine pre-existing or new sensors and actuators. 

Full development of PLC & HMI programs for AM machine and interface with machine ancillaries such as powder handling and conditioning systems, depowering stations etc.   

Support in process monitoring system and, on the fly, feedback and control. 

Architect and implement flexible modern automation system controls will include but not limited to PLC’s /microcontrollers/ vision systems/ servo systems/ electric motors & drives, tooling/ wire & cabling/ Control cabinets/ Cable management/ machine safety/ operator safety/ lift systems/ measuring instruments. 

Daily to support integration, test, validation and operations. 

Take part in the complete software lifecycle including design, integration, testing, deployment, debugging, and finding novel solutions to late-breaking changes or issues. 

Analyze sub-system specifications to make sure system requirements will be met and to define subsystem interfaces. 

Identify possible design gaps, manage SW-HW configurations and interface, and troubleshoot issues. 

Provide input and contribute to key PLC design decisions based on on-going findings from system and sub-system development and testing.  

Automate data management for Additive Manufacturing processes and recommend standard operating procedures to improve process quality. 

Evaluate and recommend external/ industrial control hardware and software tools that can address technology gaps. 

Generate Intellectual Property and promote Additive Manufacturing integrated systems to external customers and investors when appropriate 


Work Environment: 

Office, light manufacturing 



Top of Form 


BS (MS preferred) in Electrical or Software Engineering or equivalent 




+7 years’ automations and controls experience  

+5 years’ direct experience in developing PLCs with major PLC programming SW  

Experience with integrating subsystems and network communications. 

PLC virtual commissioning  

Understanding with developing user-facing software applications related to networking, hardware control and data acquisition. 

Experience with multi sensor data acquisition  




Coding skills across multiple platforms using various languages including JavaScript, Python, C++, C#, ladder logic, SQL etc.  

Physical Demands: 

Able to work on site.  

Must be able to remain in stationary position 50% of time  

The person in this position needs to occasionally move about the office and warehouse to execute work efficiently. 

The person in this position frequently communicates with his team and other project teams to ensure smooth operation 

$127,000 - $138,000 a year
What You’ll Get :

Holistic Compensation Package: Enjoy a world-class compensation package that includes a competitive salary, equity plan, and annual bonus opportunities, ensuring you're truly valued for your contributions. 
Wellness and Time Off: Embrace a healthy lifestyle with paid vacation, sick time, and company holidays, including a year-end shutdown to recharge. We support growing families with paid parental leave, recognizing the importance of bonding time. 
Comprehensive Health and Wellness: Prioritize your well-being with our comprehensive health and wellness benefits, offering both HMO and Premium PPO options. Additionally, benefit from company-sponsored life insurance and short and long-term disability coverage for peace of mind. 
Investment in Growth: We're committed to your professional development. Take advantage of reimbursement opportunities for learning and development initiatives, empowering you to continuously expand your skill set and reach peak performance. 
Inclusive and Collaborative Environment: Join our inclusive, collaborative, and dynamic work environment within a fast-paced, mission-driven company. Together, we're disrupting the traditional manufacturing industry, embracing diversity, and fostering innovation to reduce our footprint by integrating people and technology. 


Divergent is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Our positions adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 

In order to adjust to changes in our business, it may become necessary to add, remove or modify certain duties and responsibilities, or to reassign you to another job position. From time to time you may be asked to work on special projects or to assist with other work. Your cooperation and assistance in performing such additional work is expected. Divergent Technologies, Inc , Inc is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Our positions adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
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