Automation Engineer IV in Kingston at Apple & Associates

Date Posted: 6/20/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Kingston
  • Job Type:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    6/20/2018

Job Description

Purpose:
The Automation Engineer IV uses independent judgment, consistently & clearly demonstrates creativity & innovation in finding solutions & alternatives to multi-faceted and/or time sensitive, complex problems that may include the design of new systems or development of solutions having few or no precedents, or the correction and/or extension of current systems/products.  Applies relentless continuous improvement principles to all projects/processes.

Essential Duties:
Manages solutions to complex problems from discovery to resolution.  Interfaces effectively with local departments, other site departments, outside technical experts and customers.  Anticipates potential problems, proactively solves complex problems through creative thinking & internal/external resources.    

Lead, stimulates and supports, personally, the company activities and initiatives in safety, health and environment; 
Attends appropriate industry related professional society meetings and functions in order to stay informed of and make good use of new technology, products and personal development opportunities.  Actively progressing in industry knowledge base.  Actively mentors and assists with the development of new professionals.  Teaches/coaches problem solving, creative thinking & project planning skills to less experienced staff.

Broadly recognized as a technical leader and offers significant contributions to a variety of problems and/or projects.  Leader in setting objectives for projects.  Consistently demonstrates ability to suggest, develop and manage R&D projects that result in new technologies to pursue.

Writes department process, procedures and policies as required.  Interprets and applies relevant policies and procedures.  Ensures that development costs, project costs and schedules are met. Plans and defines project schedule.  

Uses Visual Basic & C++ to write application code. Writes PLC programs to control industrial food processing equipment.  Creates functional HMI/MMI/OIT screens for operator interaction.  Uses independent judgment, consistently and clearly demonstrates creativity and innovation in finding solutions and alternative.  Creates and reviews, designs, drawings, BOMs, specifications, etc. and ensures that projects meet specifications, standards and performance requirements within area of expertise. Prepares documentation, information and communications such as ECN’s, e-mails, SharePoint entries and engineering specifications.  Utilizes available technical resources throughout company and outside institutions. 
    
Travels to customer sites to perform controls start-up and trouble-shooting of food processing equipment and operator training.  Consults with other departments on equipment designs and problems.  Identifies root cause of problems.  Develops alternative solutions and communicates associated benefits and risks.  Sponsors new project technologies and solicits understanding and support of other departments for major projects.    

    
Requirements:
BS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
Knowledge and Skills: 
•    Demonstrates excellent organizational skills.
•    Expert in PC based control systems with Microsoft O/S 
•    Expert in Visual Basic and C++ programming
•    Expert in machine control electrical schematics
•    Expert in programming PLC’s & GUI systems
•    Expert in configuring industrial machine controls, including AC/DC drives 
•    Demonstrated ability to apply advanced laws, principles, theorems & mathematics or industry knowledge in the improvement & development of technologies.
•    Demonstrated ability to independently create functional & cost effective designs/processes that meet complex specification requirements.
•    Expert knowledge of multiple company’s product lines and applications and significant knowledge of most technologies, products & applications produced/offered.
•    Global understanding of the divisions businesses and the internal and external economic factors affecting the businesses.  Global understanding of internal economic factors affecting assignment areas (costs, margins, profit impact of decisions).
•    Advanced knowledge of competing & alternative technologies.
•    Ability to communicate within a team environment.
•    Ability to anticipate potential problems and take preventative actions.
•    Ability to use ERP based business system such as Syteline or equivalent.

Experience:  
•    At least (8) years relevant experience in industrial machine controls. 

Financial Responsibility:
•    Actively reviews costs, margins, and engineering hours spent on projects and compares actual dollars and time spent to estimate.  
•    Receives direction to set broad objectives, interpret policy issues, develop new concepts and resolve unusual problems.  
•    Functions as a technical leader or significant contributor to finding solutions to major complex problems and/or projects.
•    Major contributor in the planning and scheduling process for projects in which involved. 
•    Manages the resolution of complex problems from discovery thru installation and testing of solutions.
•    Interprets & applies relevant policies & procedures.
•    Reviews the work of others for accuracy & soundness of judgment.
•    Uses software tools to provide industry standard programs for custom equipment at the lowest possible cost.
•    Effectively interacts with all functional areas of the business.
•    Teaches/coaches problem solving, creative thinking and project planning skills to less experienced staff.