Controls Engineer

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Primary responsibilities are to design, develop, optimize and maintain the automated material handling equipment and warehouse control systems in the Distribution Centers including Tilt Tray, Put-to-Light, Garment on Hanger and Shipping Sortation systems. Design, evaluate and implement data collection interfaces, programs and controls in compliance with established network standards. Develop methods and protocols to ensure that appropriate tests and analyses are being conducted to achieve maximum levels of performance.


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:

  • BS degree in Engineering with a focus in the mechanical or electrical field and 5 years experience in the Controls/Automation field with equivalent experience in the mechanical or electrical field. Minimum of 2 to 5 years related experience.
  • The successful candidate will have expert-level knowledge in the following:
  • Automated conveyors systems and controls,
  • Electrical/NEC, Electronics/Communications and Motor Controls/PLCs.
  • Ability to troubleshoot ladder logic. Programming experience is a must! PLC / Controllers include Allen Bradley, OPTO 22, Mitsubishi and Hitachi. C programming experience a plus.
  • Blueprint and electrical schematic reading
  • Demonstrated ability to design solutions for difficult problems, manage contractors and train service technicians.
  • Strong knowledge of analytical process control methods and techniques.
  • Expert in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access. Expert use of databases and other data mining and analysis tools. Strong knowledge and familiarity with SQL, Oracle and WMS is a plus.
  • Proven experience with the principles of Design Control and Project Management
  • 50% travel required
  • Good written and oral communications skills.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Indirect responsibility to provide direction and leadership to lead technicians and supplier teams, as required to support projects and day-to-day operation of equipment.


Signature bonuses and relocation packages available for qualified applicants


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