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San Diego, CA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Research & Development

Controls Engineer

Who We Are:

At Wärtsilä Voyage, we radically transform how vessels perform their voyage by leveraging the latest digital technologies, to deliver a step-change in safety, efficiency, reliability, and emissions reduction. And it’s pretty darn exciting…


We’re on a mission to ensure that not only do our customers all around the globe reap the full benefits of the technology revolution, they actively contribute towards achieving a safer, more sustainable shipping future.


Smarter ships will allow operators to more effectively control the movements of their vessels, reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. Think ‘towards autonomy’ tech and smart voyage optimisation! With the broadest Smart Marine portfolio in the market, we are well positioned to lead the maritime industry towards becoming digitally connected across the entire value chain.


Our work embodies our values: We are accountable to have a positive impact - this is why every Voyager possesses the expertise, deep experience and powerfully bold thinking that will set the maritime industry on a new, exciting course.


How We Work:

We are a team of autonomous self-starters. The type of people who thrive here are highly motivated individuals that work well with minimal supervision.


At Wärtsilä we are looking for astute thinkers and doers – people who can take an idea and run with it.  In our Dynamic Positioning team, developers and engineers take full ownership of their projects and see them through from start to finish; there’s a freedom to the work that’s hard to come by elsewhere.


Talented individuals join us because they’re hungry for ambitious, global, ground-breaking work – the kind that takes their career to new heights.


Position Description:

We are seeking a qualified candidate to fill a Controls Engineer position located in San Diego, CA.  The Controls Engineer will report directly to the GNC Manager. 


The Controls Engineer will have the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Design and develop algorithms and software for the marine industry including autonomous vessels, offshore- and wind farm vessels, navy ships, cruise ships and mega yachts.
  • Develop and maintain mission critical Windows based vessel real-time control software.
  • Design and develop mathematical models for ships and sub-systems, including aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, mechanical, actuators and sensors.
  • Full lifecycle development from concept to mature scalable product.
  • Commissioning of special projects with Dynamic Positioning and motion control systems.
  • Provide maintenance, support and enhancements to existing systems and applications.
  • Sustaining engineering of existing products.
  • Documentation.


Preferred Experience and Educational Requirements:  

  • Master of Science Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with an emphasis on Control Theory combined with strong programming skills or equivalent relevant background.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience.



  • Highly motivated and able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Strong experience with algorithm development, including filtering techniques, estimation and control theory.
  • Experience with Octave and/or MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Experience with Kalman filter design and tuning.
  • Strong experience with C, C++ and object-oriented programming in Windows environment. C# experience is a plus.
  • Experience with Visual Studio.
  • Experience with Version Control Systems and Software Configuration Management.
  • Must be well organized and able to multi-task and keep track of simultaneous on-going projects.
  • Strong communication and documentation skills.
  • Experience with test-driven development.
  • Must be able to pass a basic physical fitness test.
  • Must be willing to travel up to 20% of the time.



  • Domestic and international travel required for purposes such as on-site commissioning, troubleshooting and testing, attending meetings, field service support, conferences, training, or as required for job related duties.


You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team. 


If you feel excited by being a part of this working environment and think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application.


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation as a whole.  The spread of COVID when working in customer facilities and project sites can lead to costly site shutdowns, for which Wärtsilä could be deemed financially responsible.  Many local government authorities require proof of vaccination to enter the state or country, and many of our customers require proof of vaccination to be on a project site.   In line with legal regulations Wärtsilä has implemented a COVID-19 policy on vaccination and testing to reduce the risk of transmission on Wärtsilä premises. Wärtsilä strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and other employees.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online:


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.  Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We encourage minorities, women, protected veterans and disabled individuals to apply. Wärtsilä complies with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. In an effort to maintain a drug-free workplace, we perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.  


This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more:

Nearest Major Market: San Diego