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Automation Engineer
Job Code:2020-ENGINEER-0003
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Date Posted:8/29/2020


Research, design, develop, and test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, and  industrial systems control.
Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and automated production components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of engineering mathematics, and physics.
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. 

Nature & Scope-Principal Areas of Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.
Work with cross-functional teams involving Plant Manager, IT, Quality, Engineering, etc., to identify and solve problems with automated equipment. 
Provides documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
Uses computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Provides information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Develops, designs, or creates new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Maintains operational records.
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical systems, or process-related topics.
Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Essential Functions:
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Education & Experience:
Must have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other comparable engineering discipline
Experience launching equipment/automation in a production/plant environment. 
Experience with programming PLCs
5-years’ experience working with machine builders and software developers
Plant layout experience preferred. 
Experience with AutoCAD preferred
Management of Project Budgets and timing required. 

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