Automation / Controls Engineer

Information Technology
in Dalton
, GA
Reference: 19-02836


  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or other relevant field required
  • Equipment controls and PLC programming (knowledge of controls languages should include Siemens S7 and Allen Bradley)
  • Knowledge of production processes and quality control concepts
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved
  • Experience in an automated manufacturing environment
  • Lean and Six Sigma tools experience desirable


  • Technology and automation minded, with a basic understanding of pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, basic electricity, gearboxes, and tools
  • Excellent computer skills including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong math skills including the knowledge of arithmetic, basic algebra, geometry, and statistics, and their applications
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under stress when equipment is down
  • Possess an exceptional attention to detail
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Capable of hands-on electrical and mechanical troubleshooting and repair for manufacturing equipment
  • Requirements include LOTO, hands-on diagnostic ability (setpoint determination/adjustment), appropriate use of hand tools


  • Ensure compliance with all company safety rules and procedures
  • Ensure equipment optimization within the high speed production process
  • Analyze daily progress of overall equipment effectiveness and take corrective action to minimize equipment downtime and maximize equipment performance
  • Summarize performance on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, including failures, causes, and corrections
  • Follow up on corrective actions through completion
  • Review technical issues and confers with maintenance staff to resolve technical production problems by performing the correct preventive maintenance actions
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks
  • Provide accurate and immediate hands-on troubleshooting and repair for manufacturing equipment
  • Troubleshoot and repair high speed, automated, manufacturing equipment utilizing LOTO and hands-on diagnostic abilities
  • The troubleshooting includes climbing onto, into and around equipment to quickly locate problem areas and determine root causes of problems.
  • Confer with peers and other personnel to implement standard operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information
  • May supervise other staff members including Engineering Technician(s)
  • Coach and review/provide input regarding performance of direct reports and indirect reports (machine operators, technicians)
  • Assist in writing and teaching process procedures to ensure corrective and preventative actions are taking place
  • Demonstrate ability to train others effectively
  • Develop specifications, checklists, and standard work processes
  • Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, and other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and maintenance requirements of designs or applications
  • Lead the final stages of new product development by testing, troubleshooting, researching, and implementing potential improvements
  • Assist with the construction and installation of ultramodern, process-controlled, high-tech installations of manufacturing equipment
  • Prepare specifications for purchase of materials and equipment
  • Identify critical spare parts list
  • Provide clear and succinct feedback to equipment suppliers on operational problems and needs
  • Follow solutions through to implementation by active follow up
  • See projects through from concept to documentation phases
  • Conduct research that tests and analyzes the feasibility, design, operation and performance of equipment, components and systems
  • Review and evaluate work of others, inside and outside the organization, to ensure effectiveness, technical adequacy and compatibility in the resolution of complex engineering problems
  • For assigned product lines, maintain a fully documented and accurate electrical design and control program that complies with established company and industry standards
  • Interact professionally and effectively with many different types of people at different levels, both internal and external to the organization
  • Ensure that information is clearly communicated and understood by all