Automation Engineer

Vandalia, OH, United States

About the job Automation Engineer

Automation Engineer

Responsible for maintaining continuous system operation of automated (secondary) equipment (including 6-axis robots) by adjusting, repairing, replacing or modifying system components and for the assembly/wiring of new equipment.


  1. Automation Equipment Maintenance
    • Provides guidance and training to lower level technicians for the maintenance and repair of production automation equipment.
    • Provides continuous improvement ideas for existing equipment.
    • Ensures that all machine safety devices are working properly all safety labels are in place.
    • Communicate with the Production shift personnel, Quality and Engineering members across multiple shifts.
  2. Controls / Safety Design
    • Responsible for designing new automation project.
    • Selects all electrical panel components, safety devices, sensors and drives used in new builds.
    • Makes purchasing decisions and establishes preferred suppliers.
  3. Electrical / Pneumatic Drawings
    • Creates detailed electrical and pneumatic drawings for new automation builds.
    • Maintains and updates drawing changes.
    • Teaches
  4. Documentation
    • Document all changes to machines, fixtures or tooling during assembly, installation, debug or normal operation as required
  5. This job description is not all-inclusive, and the employee will perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required.



  • 2 or 4-year technical degree in Engineering Technology, Automation and Controls, or similar
  • OR
  • Minimum of knowledge and skills at a level normally acquired through the completion of a high school diploma or general education degree (GED) along with 3 years related experience and/or training or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Attributes/Experience

  • Detail oriented, strong interpersonal, communication and team based skills. Comfort in relating to all levels of management, operators and diversity of personalities.
  • Self-starter, self-motivated, ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Advanced reasoning and troubleshooting ability, able to carry out written or oral instructions and problem solve. Mechanical and electrical troubleshooting skills essential.
  • Ability to communicate technically, both verbally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proficient Microsoft Windows based computer operation including Word and Excel.
  • Proper use of power tools and measuring equipment. Must have and maintain all hand and test tools required to maintain automated equipment.
  • Intermediate ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide multi-digit numbers. Ability to perform these operations using units of American currency, weight measurement, volume, and distance. Familiarity with binary numeral system.
  • Ability and willingness to learn. Self-teaching, individual, group, and classroom settings.

Desired Specialized Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to read and understand complex electrical wiring schematics, assembly layout drawings, and ladder diagrams
  • Strong knowledge of 120VAC control circuits, 24VDC control circuit, industrial power 3-phase 480V and industry accepted electrical safety practices for testing energized circuits
  • Experience in repair of mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components
  • Knowledge of PLC, HMI, computer, and robot programming
  • Control cabinet building, wiring of PLCs, sensors, solenoids and related equipment
  • Configuration of Industrial Ethernet and remote access
  • Ability to adjust robot positions, coordinate types, jog and troubleshoot errors

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