The Role Role Overview
Reporting to the Controls Engineering Manager, you will join a team of four Controls Engineers -- one working each shift. During your shift, you will serve as the go-to troubleshooter and provide support to the Maintenance team, assisting and instructing technicians as needed. We are looking for a "get-the-job-done" professional who can interact well with Maintenance Technicians, as well as interface with the Production and Quality teams, and who is readily available to answer questions. Additionally, you will advise your supervisor of those situations that may pose a significant risk to the program, product assurance, facilities, employee safety or customer satisfaction results. Quick question for you - click here
The Chicago facility has about 350 employees involved in material handling, assembly, and material sequencing. Our main deliverables are overhead assembly systems, fascia assembly systems, and component and system sequencing.
You will divide your time between the office and production floor, spending your time:
- Providing production support as needed, and immediately upon being called.
- Managing the needs list / open issue items as time allows.
- Giving and receiving notes from other controls engineers at the beginning and end of your shift.
- Supporting production in reducing and/or eliminating equipment and tooling downtime or scrap by utilizing good analytical methodologies.
- Responsibility for controls systems design, specification, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up assistance.
- Supporting efficiencies via process change, automation, etc.
- Programing automated equipment to conform with production requirements.
- Designing and quoting electronic controls required to aid in the production processes.
- Receiving quotes and recommending sources of controls devices.
- Facilitating/maintaining process controls equipment.
- Developing and designing plant and process improvements (layout, equipment, process, ergonomics).
- Identifying key process controls/systems and providing appropriate resources to maintain.
- Complying with all applicable government safety and environmental standards; adhering to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety.
- Initiating actions to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformance relating to product, process and systems.
- Identifying and recording any problems related to the product, process or system.
- Initiating, recommending and/or providing solutions through the appropriate channels and verifying implementation.
- Controlling further processing and delivery of nonconforming product until the deficiency is corrected.
- Initiating project RFQ's with supporting documentation to be signed.
- Quoting/negotiating pricing and timing from vendors for equipment and tooling.
The Requirements To be a good fit for the Controls Engineer opportunity, you will have:
- Proven experience in PLC logic and programming with any of the following:
- Allen Bradley (Prefered), Siemens (Prefered), Modicon, GE Fanuc,AutomationDirect, Mitsubishi, Omron, Aromat, Toshiba, HMI, OR
- SCADA programming and configuration of software packages including Siemens SCL and Ladder, Rockwell Structured Text and Ladder, Wonderware, Intellution, GE Cimplicity, Ci-Tech, Iconics, US Data, etc. Quick question for you - click here
- Minimum: A 2-year college education and at least 1 year of experience in controls and assembly operations, OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
- Preferred: A 4-year college education and at least 2 years of experience in controls and assembly operations, OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
- PLC understanding and programming (write, modify and maintain)
- HMI understanding and programming (create, modify and maintain)
- Good mechanical/pneumatic/electrical skills, including proven troubleshooting abilities
- Experience with most or all of the following:
- Panel design and layout and wiring schematic capabilities
- Blueprint reading
- Conveyor systems
- Bar code readers
- Cognex Vision
- Atlas Copco Tools
- Field commissioning
- Control Net and Device Net I/O systems
- RS View
- Industrial controls (photo electrics, motor control centers, etc.)
- Variable frequency drives
- AGV automated carts
- Strong computer skills including MS Office Suite applications (e.g. Word and Excel, including VLOOKUP, pivot tables, advanced formulas), and AutoCad (ability to read and understand)
- The ability to travel up to 20% for training and to support other Dakkota plants and launches as needed
- A valid driver's license
- Excellent leadership abilities and the ability to coach and mentor others
- Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to maintain confidential information
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