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Job Title: Automation Engineer

Location: Waterloo, Iowa

Salary: $80-110K 

Job Summary of the Automation Engineer:   The Automation Engineer is accountable for new process development for the production of existing products; design and fabrication of test fixtures; designs, develops, and/or purchases equipment to produce a quality and cost-effective product.  This position is accountable for the design, redesign, layout, and engineering of tooling, equipment, and machinery; for monitoring the completion schedules of projects of product application or design; and for accurate cost estimates of product quotation requests.  This position is responsible for troubleshooting of all machinery to produce a quality product in a cost-effective manner.  

Qualifications of Automation Engineer:

·         Be the technical expert for assembly in areas such as material strength, manufacturing processes, OSHA standards, electrical/pneumatic controls, fluid power, tool/fixture design and construction. 

·         Responsible for obtaining quote requests for capital expenditures during the justification process to purchase a piece of equipment. 

·         Maintain a close relationship with vendors and suppliers who sell or install manufacturing equipment. 

·         Responsible for writing and updating processes to ensure proper methods of manufacturing.

·         Assist with product design of new/existing manufacturing processes and methods. 

·         Responsible for training assistance on operation and preventative maintenance of installed equipment.   

Responsibilities of the Automation Engineer:

·   Be the technical expert for assembly processes including, but not limited to automatic assembly technology, PLC integration/programming, lean principles for reduction of waste, vision detection/programming, and value stream mapping.

· Design and supervise the installation and building of production tools, fixtures, jigs, and workstations, to improve safety, efficiency, reliability, profit and ensure design and material specifications are met.

·   Manage projects and ensure they are kept within established budgets. 

· Assist in the monitoring of government requirements (EPA, OSHA, etc.) to ensure that systems and stations are in compliance with established standards.

·   Provide input on costs for cost-reduced products and set manufacturing standards for existing processes. 

·   Make calculations to determine the feasibility of production projects to assure return on investment by reducing labor and/or materials yet maintaining the ability to produce a quality product.

·    Design and supervise the installation of equipment and systems to improve efficiency and profitability.

·   Maintains manufacturing-related documentation/information.  This includes but is not limited to blueprints, BOM’s, Routings, databases, machine programs, and APQP documentation.

·    Utilize Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma methodologies/practices to improve efficiency and profitability throughout the plant.

·   Responsible for programming rogrammable controllers/machines used in the manufacturing processes.  This includes but is not limited to PLC’s, robots, CNC machine, inspection equipment, etc.

·   This position supports the continual improvement and compliance of QMS and EMS.

·   Manage projects and ensure goals are met that address scope, budget, and on schedule.

·   Write procedures and train plant personnel who will operate newly installed or modified equipment according to approved procedures. 

·    Ensures department production processes are meeting goals for safety, efficiency, reliability and capability.


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