Chicago IL
Date Posted

Controls Engineer

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for working with the plant and engineering teams to ensure the optimal performance of all manufacturing equipment and processes including automation efforts. This will be accomplished via equipment modification and process improvement initiatives. This position will play a lead role in identifying and implementing electrical control projects, mechanical projects and automation initiatives that will in turn eliminate non-value-added manufacturing costs.

Essential Duties:

  • Automation Projects and Initiatives
    • Assist in conceptual development of automation projects, and coordinate requirements between manufacturing, engineering and operations management
    • Assist in justification and financial benefit of automation projects
    • Lead implementation of selected automation initiatives
    • Use creative thinking and budget-minded process to drive automation initiatives
  • Manufacturing Equipment Optimization
    • Establish technical competence and knowledge of process and manufacturing equipment.
    • Measure and analyze line and infrastructure performance
    • Select or design equipment to increase throughput while eliminating non-value-added manufacturing costs
    • Participate in the evaluation of equipment by contributing creative manufacturing solutions involving production lines, machinery and infrastructure
    • Install or oversee the installation of equipment upgrades designed to optimize the production process
    • Design or specify replacement control systems and components for obsolete systems. Includes electrical and electronic equipment, PLCs and software. Populate this into like equipment at all Sabert sites.
  • Process Improvement Initiatives
    • Analyze current process requirements and standards
    • Use Design of Experiment (DOE) processes where possible to correctly identify unstable conditions and optimize potential solutions
    • Identify opportunities for process improvement and enhancement
    • Research, develop and recommend improvement initiatives
    • Lead or support implementation of selected electrical – mechanical process improvements
  • Equipment Upgrades
    • Participate in Operations planning for short-term and long-term equipment programs to ensure optimal efficiency of operations
    • Participate in development of annual capital budget to support the business plan
    • Prepare Capital Authorization Request (CAR) when required with effective project explanation, justification, project timeline and ROI calculation; Prepare detailed presentation of CAR to management for approval
  • Project Management
    • Establish project scope, key deliverables, budget and schedule estimates in preparation for project kick-off
    • Determine infrastructure/equipment layouts and space preparation as required
    • Establish major equipment comparison data for target suppliers, with capability analysis and selection criteria for capital projects
    • Coordinate equipment specifications, identification of potential suppliers, preparation of RFQ’s and release for quotation
    • Manage total project cost and schedule to confirmed plan
    • Introduce and support internal change management process to ensure new processes/procedures are fully adopted within the plant
    • Ensure delivery of training for appropriate personnel on new equipment or processes

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Superior understanding of electronics and electrical systems including PLCs, systems integration, controls, robotics, and hard automation.
  • Naturally curious and creative thinker especially related to the application of electrical and mechanical technology.
  • Capable of effective communication and team building to enhance project coordination.
  • Experience in presentation of major projects to management using Power Point or equivalent software.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing environment including current compliance requirements for safety.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills in an industrial equipment environment.

Required Education and Experience:

  • BS Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or a related Engineering field
  • 5+ years’ experience working on manufacturing equipment and processes.

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