Senior Controls Engineer
Summary: The role of the controls engineer is to design and program control systems for conveyor and/or AS/RS material handling systems. The duties include designing the system electrically for the control panel and the field work, selecting proper hardware for the system, completing all pertinent documentation, writing the PLC program, HMI program, commissioning and testing the system, and adhering to a given budget of finances and hours.
Responsibilities: PLC programming using Rockwell PLC software, and occasionally Siemens S7. The PLC programming is to be written using Add-On Instructions, User Defined Types, ladder logic, and structured text. The PLC programs generated will control pallet handling conveyor systems, case/tote handling conveyor systems, AS/RS applications, and high speed sortation.
Design controls hardware infrastructures using Ethernet/IP, AS-Interface DeviceNET, and occasionally Profibus.
Set-up field devices, i.e. motion control devices (VFD’s, servo’s, etc.), barcode scanners and image readers.
Assist in the HMI (Human/Machine Interface) design and development operating Factory Talk View Studio and/or Vijeo Designer
Design of control panels, creating panel layout drawings for quoting and/or constructing purposes.
Order entry functions for all control equipment from viastore business units or from outside vendors.
Perform project management functions (budget, schedule, procurement) for the controls portion of the projects. Assist Project Manager with overall project schedule and strictly adhere to all milestone dates.
Write Descriptions of Operation / Functional Specification for projects utilizing PLC controls.
Participate in all site activities related to implementing the PLC program(s) including installation support, commissioning, testing, and stand by support.
Know all control and electrical installation budget items and ensure procured materials are within the as sold budget.
Work with electrical installation companies in procuring them for implementing pipe and wire installation.
Handle support calls during project implementation until project is handed over to the Aftermarket Dep’t.
Ability to communicate with internal groups of different disciplines as well as external customers and suppliers.
Overtime may be necessary as work load’s dictate. This may include weekdays, weekends, and/or holidays.
Participate in all company functions and meetings.
Travel Requirements: 25% – 50%, typically 2 week trips. Approximately 300 hours of paid OT / year
Qualifications/Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Understanding of panel design including back panel layouts, power consumption and hardware sizing is required.
Language Skills: Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. The ability to read and interpret documents such as functional specifications, technical specifications, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Have the ability to speak effectively with groups of customers or employees of the organization. The ability to speak German or Spanish is a plus. Educational/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent technical experience or degree; 3-10 years of experience in the material handling industry or machine control related field.
Other Skills/Abilities: Employee is skilled in PC usage and associated software including Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and RSLogix 5 (Allen-Bradley ladder logic programming software). Has the ability to learn graphic software to compliment the presentation of new designs. Proficient in AutoCAD Electrical to create control device layout schematics and control panels drawings.
Excellent client communication skills are essential as well as the ability to work in a project team environment. Solid testing skills are required and supply chain application experience is a plus.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific
Required Skills:Strong Controls and leadership abilities.