Automation Controls Engineer

  • Newark, CA
  • Direct Hire
  • Job ID: CA170-2694629

$97000 to $155000 Per Year


  • Responsible for configuring, programing, testing and troubleshooting of manufacturing equipment (PLC based control systems and associated components: i.e. UI, Motion controllers, Robots, Heater Controllers, barcode readers vision systems, etc.)
  • Create documentation including, but not limited to design input requirements, specifications, testing protocols, installation, and service procedures
  • Author acceptance test and validation protocols and reports
  • Modify existing equipment to improve product quality, increase part throughput, decrease cost, and strengthen safety measures
  • Perform change orders and release processes using the Agile PLM system
  • Maintain strict compliance with Company Quality procedures
  • Introduce new manufacturing equipment in the factories and assist Manufacturing Engineering group with troubleshooting floor equipment when required


  • Education and Experience (in years): 
    • Bachelor’s degree in field with 5+ years of related work experience OR
    • Master’s degree in field with 3+ years of related work experience OR
    • Doctoral degree in field with 0-2 years of related work experience
  • Knowledge and skills: 
    • 3+ years experience in Allen-Bradley PLC ControlLogix Platform and development tools (if Siemens, 5+ years experience)
    • Proficient with motion controllers and Vision Inspection Systems
    • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical troubleshooting in a high-speed/volume, automated manufacturing environment
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Proficient in MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Keyence or Cognex highly preferred
  • Experience developing Medical equipment in an FDA regulated environment
  • Experience writing/executing IQ, OQ, and PQ Protocols
  • Experience with designing and maintaining vision system used in production (i.e. Cognex/Keyence) or Epson robots
  • Experience with designing and creating the electrical schematics (within UL/IEC compliance) required to build a high complexity automation system
  • Experience with creating equipment electrical schematics under AutoCAD Electrical
  • Experience with integrating Pilz safety PLCs into manufacturing equipment designs
  • Experience with a variety of sensor technologies (thermal, optical, position, pressure, flow, etc.)
  • Experience using Agile PLM system
  • Experience conducting design reviews required to obtain the necessary DIR’s (Design Input Requirement) to build high complex automation equipment for all phases of the design process
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