What We're Looking For:
* Bachelor's degree in a related engineering field.
* 5+ years of experience with the design, fabrication, and commissioning of automated assembly and test equipment, specifically in the discipline of electrical controls.
* An advanced level of skill programming Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLCs from blank projects in ladder logic.
* A well demonstrated knowledge of all I/O interfacing types (Digital, Analog, Fieldbus, Ethernet, Serial) and the evaluation and selection process for them.
* A high level of knowledge in implementing machine safety into the design of equipment by using emergency stops, interlocking doors, safety scanners, and safety relays.
* Wide reaching exposure to various sensors used in machine and process control.
* An advanced level of skill programming 6-axis and SCARA industrial robots, specific experience with Epson robots is a plus.
* Experience creating HMI screens that are easy to understand, aesthetically pleasing, and have intuitive navigation schemes.
* Knowledge of SCADA platforms such as Ignition.
* Experience with relational database systems such as MSSQL Server.
* A high level of proficiency in using AutoCAD Electrical to create electrical schematics for industrial control panels and field wiring.
* Experience selecting and programing vision system components based on the application requirements, specific experience with Cognex is a plus.
* Linear motion control experience using servo and stepper driven systems.
* A working knowledge of different part feeding methods, such as traditional bowl feeders and alternative flexible vibratory types.
The Automation Controls Engineer will interface with automation equipment and contribute to cross-functional project teams in three key areas - New equipment developed on-site, new equipment developed using outside resources, and the continuous improvement of existing equipment in production.
New equipment developed on-site:
* Be on the forefront of new machine designs, working closely with the mechanical and other engineering teams to develop the controls systems that will bring the machines to life.
* Develop Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).
* Create electrical control panel schematics and layouts following applicable codes and guidelines such as NFPA79 and NEC using AutoCAD Electrical, ensuring the design meets all safety requirements.
* Conceptualize, write, and deploy software on Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLCs using ladder logic following company standards for code cleanliness, reusability, and documentation.
* Design and deploy aesthetically pleasing and intuitive HMI screens following company standards.
* Integrate and program all components required for machine operation such as 6-axis robots (Epson), servo drives, vision systems (Cognex), conveyor systems, and pneumatic solenoid valves.
* Manage electrical design changes and updates during the build phase, including the layout of field wiring and pneumatic components.
New equipment developed using outside resources:
* Work with vendors on the electrical design and review phases of projects to ensure conformance to applicable company standards.
* Document and maintain best practices and preferred component lists to promote continuity across multiple projects.
* Develop testing procedures to verify vendor PLC code, HMI screen integrity, and Alarm management to minimize potential downtime after delivery.
Existing equipment in production:
* Install new hardware and perform modifications on existing equipment software to improve reliability, increase throughput or accommodate new assembly steps.
* Become an expert on existing machinery to assist with troubleshooting when required.
* Participate in quality validation procedures using statistical methods such as Gage R&R, and Process Capability & Performance.
The company offers opportunities for career growth in a stable, well-managed company providing an attractive range of benefits including company-paid health insurance, generous profit sharing, full tuition reimbursement, and daycare subsidy. The Lee Company is situated in southern New England in a rural, campus setting close to the Long Island Sound.