Controls Engineer

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Posted: 02/16/2024 Job Number: 132270

Job Description

  • Assist in the development and design of the controls software packages utilizing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and/or Human/Machine Interfaces (HMI).
  • Develop tools and documents to troubleshoot problems quickly.
  • Engineer control hardware / software upgrades necessary to improve operating efficiency of equipment.
  • Examines and understands specifications in order to ensure the functionality of the equipment meets these specifications.
  • Modification of process equipment control system to ensure maximum production output while minimizing down-time: this includes modifications to improve plant-wide costs and efficiencies.
  • Ensures the equipment being started up and commissioned operates in accordance with company requirements.
  • Programs robotic and/or controls equipment per company specifications.
  • Performs preventative maintenance as requested by the customer to ensure minimum down-time and optimum operation of machines and equipment.
  • Train maintenance technicians in equipment operation and troubleshooting.
  • Maintain specification standards for new and existing process equipment control systems.
  • Repair and troubleshoot new and existing process equipment control systems.
  • General machine safety, electrical safety and machine guarding: high level of safety awareness (OSHA, NEC and RIA).
  • Ability to interact professionally, and maintain a positive working relationship, which at times may be under difficult circumstances and/or high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to obtain Lock Out Tag Out Certification. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain compliance of IATF 16949 / ISO 9001 / ISO 14001.

  • Extensive experience programming Allen Bradley/Rockwell and Siemens PLC/HMI software.
  • Industrial Networks Knowledge. (Ethernet I/P, Device Net, Profibus, ControlNet.)
  • Auto CAD Electrical experience developing schematics, panel layout, and bill of materials.
  • Extensive experience with VFD and Servo drive systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of power distribution as it applies to machine controls. 
  • Knowledgeable in the design and application of fluid power controls. (hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum). 
  • Thorough knowledge of electro-mechanical control devices. (optical, inductive, capacitive sensors / contactors, relays, switches / power supplies and transformers / motors and motor starters.)
  • Knowledge of Common Machine Guarding Devices. (Bumper Strips, Light Curtains, Area Scanners, etc.)
  • Experience with vision systems. • Read and understand electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic schematics and prints 
  • Provide support as needed to various manufacturing facilities. 
  • Experience conducting risk assessment of equipment to determine compliance to code. (OSHA, NFPA, RIA) 
  • Strong Knowledge of electrical safety and machine guarding.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)
  • Ability to interact professionally with all levels of management.
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations and maintain a professional and cooperative temperament.

  • Bachelor’s Electrical Engineering Degree preferred or extensive experience in Hydraulic Circuits, Blueprint reading, Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical. 
  • Minimum 5 years Machine Repair and Maintenance experience. 
  • Must have robot set up and programming along with Vision systems set up and programming experience.
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