Controls Engineer - Battle Creek, MI
The Controls Engineer is responsible for all plant machine control systems and documentation while working with Engineering on new machine controls and standards.
- Update, modify, and continuously improve existing controls systems including robotic programs, ladder logic programs, relay logic, electrical distribution, motor controls, operator interface, hydraulics, and pneumatics distribution and control.
- Design and develop new machine controls including robotic, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and vision systems.
- Coordinate with engineering and maintenance on existing machine control modifications to robotic, electrical, electronic, hydraulic pneumatic and vision systems.
- Create, maintain and keep current all hard copies and electronic data bases: all electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic schematics; panel layouts; PLC, operator display, operator interface, and robot programs; machine power distribution and all related vendor controls component part documentation when edited.
- Implement and maintain data collection system from shop floor processing equipment.
- Maintain and expand existing plant floor machine control to Ethernet gateways, links and connections with IOT Team as needed.
- Maintain all sub machine control data highways.
- Work with M&T to maintain and update controls portion of machine standards.
- Coordinate with and aid company systems personnel with plant floor Ethernet machine drop routing and Ethernet message traffic control.
- Complete correspondence, forms and reports using personal computer and applicable software.
- Encourage safety and housekeeping practices leading by example.
- Participate in continual improvement activities.
- Adhere to customer requirements, business operating system and company policies.
- Oversee projects from inception through completion.
- Train and support maintenance personnel.
- Travel to DMCN, DMAR & DNJP for training and support of machine manufacturing & improvement.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology, or related discipline OR an Associate’s degree and four years of the same experience OR 8 plus years equivalent experience.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in programming and interfacing with PLCs, Panelviews, servos, robots and vision systems.
- Prepare, read and interpret written reports, instructions, procedures and guidelines.
- Effectively present information and respond to questions from management, team members, suppliers and customers.
- Read/interpret blueprints and schematics.
- Manage and schedule multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Work flexible hours to be available for three shifts, weekends and areas.