Provide advanced manufacturing robotic, electrical and controls expertise in leading detailed and comprehensive planning for conceptualization, specification, development and implementation of right-sized manufacturing and facility equipment. Responsibilities can extend across all areas of manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
When assigned to New Product Introduction (NPI) programs and/ or Run the Plant (RTP) projects drive product cost out and improve factory productivity.
Act as a key liaison between the project team and the plant operation and manufacturing teams; ensuring that plant priorities and objectives are clearly understood and considered for the area under their ownership.
Be technical expert to investigate and drive the development of robotic, electrical, controls and safety equipment standards for all equipment. Owned standards shall be responsible in providing a supportable, reliable infrastructure for manufacturing systems and ensure all national codes and regulations are met.
Deliver guidance, mentoring, training and leadership for more junior engineers and/or cross-functional team members with regard to robot, electrical, safety circuits and control equipment design and execution.
Utilize technical and project experience to add to the Test and Control AME teams’ body of knowledge to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization and company.
Lead advanced manufacturing engineering activities in support of NPI, TCO, and LEAN.
Investigate new technologies (special emphasis on robots, robotic tooling/ fixturing and controls) for appliance manufacturing and recommend applicable new technologies to business leaders.
Participate within Production Preparation Process (3P) in developing manufacturing tooling, equipment and processes. Utilize cross-functional groups to ensure that the tooling, equipment and processes are compatible with the entire value stream. Efforts should include: right-sized equipment, workstation design, material presentation, standard work and single piece flow. Use data and statistics to characterize delivered manufacturing process capabilities in qualifying the release of processes and equipment.
Work with factory operations and Lean teams to understand the Value Stream and how your projects impact this. Ensure material flow, tooling setup, model mix, etc. are considered when equipment is designed.
Manage robotic, electrical and control portions of capital equipment expenditures that support new product designs, factory capacity or efficiency additions, and quality improvement goals (typical project scope involves the development of specifications, supplier management, purchase, installation and qualification of the manufacturing equipment).
Work with design team to ensure Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) is considered within the product designs.
Comply with EHS and ergonomic requirements; utilize Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles to ensure that all equipment / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind. Develop mockups and prototypes to validate NPI designs and test designs within shop floor for confirmation.
As a senior engineer, will be expected to manage multiple projects and/or provide leadership for larger equipment control projects. Must be able to analyze needs and determine best recommendations for equipment / process to optimize cost & performance.
Provide documentation and training to maintenance and shop floor personnel to ensure seamless new equipment introductions.
Troubleshoot and correct issues with equipment and processes.
Provide technical sourcing support as needed.
Bachelor’s Degree and/or technical degree in an engineering related discipline.
5+ years' hands on & relevant robotic and controls engineering experience with electrical, automated manufacturing equipment and processes
Comprehensive knowledge of FANUC/ABB robots mechanical and programming, ROBOGUIDE/ROBOT STUDIO, 2D/3D vision guidance integrations, and working experience with TCP and DCS.
Working Knowledge of RSLOGIX and Robotic Interfaces to PLC.
Experience implementing robot automation and electromechanical equipment procurement projects: Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation, and qualification of equipment
Excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills required
Ability to work in large cross-functional teams and at multiple levels in the organization (both salaried and shop floor operators / skilled trades team members)
Good oral and written communication skills – will be expected to provide status report outs to cross-functional team and train other engineers to electrical standards
Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company
Significant travel may be required
Must live or willing to relocate to TN or GA within a commutable distance to job location in LaFayette, GA.
Computer Literacy skills required
Familiar with at least one CAD package, preferably Solid-works, AutoCAD.
Comfortable with hands on assembling mechanical components and electronics, soldering boards, wiring connectors.
Hands on experience with sensing technologies (e.g. sensors, camera 2D, 3D, IMU, encoder)
Strong knowledge in machine vision applications and use of vision systems within robotic applications.
Industry Traditional: Fanuc iR, Cognex, Keyence
Working knowledge of controls software, RXLOGIX, PROFICY and SIMATIC or SIMOTION preferred, along with experience integrating Industrial Safety and Security
Experience designing robot tooling & fixturing
Very creative talent with a proven ability to look past what is currently done and develop a practical, implementable vision for future electronic control systems with a strong history of executing to vision
Prior NPI program experience.
Six Sigma Certification Green Belt is a plus
Experienced with coding Python, C#, VB
Algorithm prototyping and coding skills (Matlab/Python/C/C++/C# or VB.Net)
Familiarity with GE PLC’s.
Working conditions are normal for a high-volume manufacturing environment.
Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds and working in and around heavy equipment.
20-30% travel may be for domestic and/or international travel to supplier sites/ plants, etc.
Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends will be required.
Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.
These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
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