Senior Automation Engineer/Senior Controls Engineer

We are a well-funded, high-growth scale-up company aiming to disrupt and make history in the tunnelling and underground construction industry. We have an immediate requirement to hire a Senior Automation Engineer/ Senior Controls Engineer within our growing team in Basingstoke.


You are a Senior Automation Engineer/Senior Controls Engineer, who will report to the Head of Robotics.

hyperTunnel have built the world’s first underground structure constructed entirely by a small fleet of robots. You will be part of a strong team taking the prototype system to production. You will take the lessons learnt from the first robot tunnel build and combine it with your expertise to develop the next generation of robotic toolsets. You will use your experience and knowledge to shape the product and solution roadmap. If you are looking for a role with high levels of autonomy where your day-to-day work will have significant impact and visibility, then you will thrive at hyperTunnel.

The commercial platform will be able to monitor, maintain, repair and enlarge existing assets as well as build new tunnels or underground structures. It utilises state of the art technology for underground survey, developing innovative chemistries for underground 3D printing with significantly reduced carbon footprint. It is designed to build kilometres of tunnel in months rather than years by using a swarm of 1000’s of robots all operating silently under the ground with minimal impact to the surrounding environment. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be used through all levels of the system from intelligent motion control and toolsets to optimisation simulations that are used to optimise the fleet across contracts. At the centre of the system will be a digital twin; the central hub for running and visualising the simulation, as well as monitoring and optimising the actual contract as it progresses. You will have the opportunity to work closely with experts in these fields to grow your knowledge and understanding of these technologies.


  • Working collaboratively with our mechanical designers and the Principal Software & Data Engineer:
    • Develop innovative controls and software solutions to engineering problems
    • Develop prototypes and models to de-risk development and gain understanding
    • Follow internal design and review process and protocols for both hardware and software
    • Collaborate with other senior team members to design and implement the control solutions for our range of underground robots
    • Support the cost down of our product range to achieve the production cost targets
    • Develop products that will be integrated into solutions for our clients
  • Control design authority for our range of robotic hardware products
  • Selection and specification of control hardware products and platforms
  • Ensuring designed products meet safety and regulatory standards
  • Support progress through the technology roadmap to achieve key commercial objectives
    • Working collaboratively with our systems software teams to ensure controls work with the system simulations and Digital Twin

Required Attributes

The applicant must be/have:

  • Driven and tenacious
  • Strong quality focus, with pragmatic approach to achieve business outcomes
  • Innovative problem solver
  • Details driven and happy to roll up your sleeves to drive a solution to a successful outcome
  • Flexible approach and keen to learn new skills
  • Keen to learn with the business as we progress through the technology roadmap

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience programming embedded systems/controllers for robotics applications in C/C++
  • Experience with PLC programming, such as Beckhoff PLC /TwinCat
  • Experience programming motion controllers, such as the Maxon MiniMACS6 range
  • Setting up and ongoing maintenance of robot control User Interface
  • Implementation of robot control diagnostics and error handling
  • Specification and selection of motors, drives, sensors
  • Electrical design and schematics
  • Writing motion control software to drive a robot to specified position
  • Designing products to the machinery directive to achieve CE compliance
  • Risk assessment and safety circuit design
  • Working in a structured manner to commission control systems to the point of production readiness
  • Full product lifecycle from concept through to verification and validation
  • Experience with Agile software development practices

Desired Knowledge

  • Experience with software and controls for robot fleets
  • Experience with large scale robotics and automation systems

hyperTunnel Offer if successful

Competitive salary plus the hyperTunnel company benefits of Private Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Mobile Phone Allowance, Contributory Pension Scheme, Employee Share Option Scheme, Discretionary Bonus Scheme.

The role is based full time in Basingstoke however hT has developed a modern hybrid approach to working to suit the company and, as much as possible, the individual. You may be required to travel (both within the UK and internationally) for business purposes as required.

If you are interested in this position, please email us with your CV. hyperTunnel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that respects, supports and inspires all individuals and in which HR processes are merit-based and applied without any discrimination.