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Automation Engineer

Company: Challenge Mfg. Company
Location: Pontiac
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.

What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.

Challenge is #PeoplePowered!

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in industrial automation, with a focus on PLC systems, communications architecture, and integration with robotics and databases in Ignition Platform. This person must be capable of collaborating with cross-functional teams and factory managers. The successful candidate will have knowledge in manufacturing assembly systems, a deep understanding of mechatronics, as well as exceptional interpersonal, organizational and management skills, demonstrating the ability to be an innovator and change agent.


Generate aesthetic HMI screens for complex machinery that provide enough feedback for troubleshooting.
Generate PLC ladder logic with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable, and reusable using existing programming standards
Provide feedback and experience in equipment design reviews
Participate in conversations with production staff on Automation & Control related topics and issues
Assist with projects and installations with regard to control systems for production equipment
Assist production in continuous process optimization of automated lines.
Support maintenance and sustaining teams in troubleshooting difficult equipment failures
Generate, modify, and approve electrical schematics created in house
Develop maintenance documentation, training programs, and lead this training
Establish test plans and control test plan execution
Assist in risk assessments and implement findings
Maintain and improve programming standards for PLC and Ignition SCADA automated systems
Responsible for backing up and maintaining equipment programs. With Rockwell Automation's Asset Center
Debug and optimize automated processes to maximize cycle time and uptime
Debug and implement corrective actions for breakdowns and chronic equipment failure
Act as liaison to IT department for Manufacturing Execution Systems during development and implementation
Participate in supplier and equipment buyoffs
Have flexible schedule allowing for weekend and on call work schedules
Be competent and familiar with Fanuc and or ABB robot programming and/or integration with external control systems


3+ years of experience as a hands-on Automation & Control Engineer or Robotics Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems
Must be proficient in PLC programming, troubleshooting, and configuration. Allen-Bradley platforms (ControlLogix, CompactLogix) required. Siemens, Beckhoff is a plus
Must be proficient in HMI programming, troubleshooting, and configuration. Allen-Bradley FactoryTalk View & Ignition SCADA are preferred
Proficient in Python, equivalent High-Level programming language (C, C++, C#, Java, etc.) is a plus
Experience with robot programming (Fanuc, ABB), backup, and restoration
Experience with SQL, scripting, creating various reports, and utilization of database tools
Is a Plus with vision systems (Cognex, Datalogic, Fanuc Vision)
Is a Plus with AutoCAD Electrical for developing electrical schematics
Is a Plus deploying equipment to high volume manufacturing
Knowledge of production quality metrics and LEAN methodology
Experience presenting technical programs with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


Pay Band: 75,000 -125,000$ a year

Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.%738401% %%techsoftware%%

Keywords: Challenge Mfg. Company, Pontiac , Automation Engineer, Engineering , Pontiac, Michigan

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