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Kristen Metcalfe

Experienced Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and industrial engineering industries. Skilled in PLC Systems, Industrial Automation Controls, and Contracting, in addition to Project Scheduling and Estimation. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics from The University of Alabama.


  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Instrumentation & Controls
  • Software & Standards Development
  • Project Scheduling and Estimation
  • PLC Programming (All IEC 61131-3 languages)

Work Experience

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

  • Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, USA
  • Devens, Massachusetts, USA

Lead Controls Engineer

Feb 2023 - Present

Senior Controls Engineer

Jul 2022 - Feb 2023

Controls Engineer

Jan 2021 - Jun 2022


Woodland, Washington, USA

Controls Engineer

Jun 2018 - Dec 2020

PLC Programming and Controls Engineering for automation of sawmill equipment for Primary & Secondary Breakdown, Residuals Processing, and Engineered Wood Products (EWP).

Primarily working with Rockwell/Allen-Bradley PLCs and Delta RMC motion controllers using Ethernet/IP across multi-layered networks. High amount of on-site work for installation and commissioning of new equipment as well as internal research and development intended to improve/standardize existing products. Assisted in mechanical and electrical work as needed to support trades or for independent troubleshooting.

EBechtle, LLC.

  • Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia, USA
  • Sankt Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Project Engineer

Aug 2016 - Jun 2018

Controls and Software Engineering/Programming for industrial automation systems in the medical devices industry. Job responsibilities include process programming, commissioning, installation, testing, and training. Primarily dealing with TwinCAT 3 and Beckhoff equipment for motion control of servos, steppers, and cylinders as well as integration with other control systems.

Allison Smith Company, LLC.

Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia, USA

Project Manager

May 2013 - Jul 2016

Worked on a team of project managers dealing primarily with data center facility construction, maintenance, and retrofitting. Roles varied depending on the project between estimating, contracting, scheduling, programming, overseeing work, etc.

Some projects required my abilities in PLC programming (Schneider, Unity Pro/IEC 61131-3, Vijeo Designer) for complex control schemes of electrical switchgear.


May 2011 - May 2012

Integrated Lights-out (iLO) embedded server management group. Operated as part of a team to design and development of several utilities for internal testing as well as software for improvement of technical support quality and efficiency. Primarily worked in C# for windows application development with some minor web-based projects.


The University of Alabama

  • Bachelors – 2009 - 2014
  • Major: Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Focus) & Mathematics
  • Minor: Computer-based Honors (Randall Research Scholars)
  • Activities and Societies:
    • University Honors
    • Circle K International
    • Million Dollar Band


The SPARC Toroidal Field Model Coil Program

  • IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
  • Date: 01 NOV 2023
  • Authors: Zachary Hartwig, et. al.
  • DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2023.3332613

RF hand gesture sensor for monitoring of cigarette smoking

  • 2011 Fifth International Conference on Sensing Technology
  • Date: 28 NOV 2011
  • Authors: Edward Sazonov, et. al.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICSensT.2011.6137014