Controls Engineer Intern

GENERAL PURPOSE:


Primary responsibilities are to perform controls engineering tasks with applications related to material handling automation. Such as instrumentation and scaled controller configurations. Perform design review, specifications and equipment acceptance testing relative to engineered integrations, to name a few: large scale discrete/analog sortation and conveyor handling systems, machine vision and guided vehicles, multi-axis robots integrated to industrial controllers and upstream machine interfaces.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Maximize throughput and productivity of all automated material handling equipment sortation and conveyance systems through detailed analysis of production and system metrics. Develop, document and ensure controls and best practices are in place including:
    • Ensure all Safety programs and procedures are followed
    • Debug/troubleshoot automated machine controls
    • Assess, recommend and maintain preventive maintenance programs
    • Evaluate existing ladder logic and design control components to support departmental and facility goals. Systems include but not limited to photo eyes, motor starters, relays, limit switches, proximity sensors, timers, solenoids, servo drives, frequency inverters, linear drives, tachs, and encoders
    • Enhance existing PLC programs (structured text and ladder logic), components (CPU back planes, I/O boards, counters, modules, and devices), and communications modules (Ethernet) as required to deliver operationally-ready technology solutions
    • Troubleshoot control system hardware, application software, and data communication device issues
    • Project planning, project management and cost analysis
  • Work closely with DC Operations and Distribution Engineers to design and implement system changes and improvements. Perform data mining and analytical support to local system users. Provide technical support and training to local users.
  • Prepare detailed documentation and material equipment user guides on system functionality controls, revisions and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Quality
  • Adaptability
  • Analysis and Judgment
  • Collaboration
  • Implementing
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Technical Acumen

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Current Bachelor’s or Master’s student studying Electrical Engineering at an Accredited University and have a GPA of at least 3.0 or better.
  • Successful completion of coursework in core classes of control systems and related, covering topics such as: linear systems, feedback control and discrete-time control, signal processing and non-linear systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate, statistically analyzed data and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Course work leading to working knowledge of C/C desirable.


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