Controls Engineer

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/23/17
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/23/17


 Position Core Role:

Provide electrical hardware and software designs for automotive powertrain production equipment that complies with OSHA/NEC Standards, as required, and meets customer/Honda Engineering specifications and quality, cost & delivery targets.


  • Reviews customer request and requirement documentation and identifies equipment change points.
  • Designs electrical controls for new and existing production equipment.
  • Performs engineering calculations (determines full-load current, short circuit current rating, etc.).
  • Develops and maintains detailed design schedule and ensures milestones are met. 
  • Manages multiple projects.
  • Creates equipment concepts and specifications that meet quality, cost and delivery requirements.
  • Works with outside suppliers to ensure compliance of equipment specification.
  • Supports machine build, debug and install.

  Daily Tasks:  

  • Generates hardwire schematics, assembly, layout and cable drawings using AutoCad.
  • Develops software for PLC, HMI, Servo, Camera and other control devices.
  • Presents, explains and justifies design within a technical review.
  • Produces parts lists and generates parts order requisitions.
  • Follows-up design for possible issues in manufacturing and mass production.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic PC skills with AutoCad 2004.
  • Ability to analyze problems and implement improvements in existing designs and equipment.
  • Project management experience
  • Proficient in PLC Ladder Programming
  • Knowledge of NEC and NFPA-79 Code
  • Troubleshooting Skills of industrial controls

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Mitsubishi and Allen-Bradley PLC, Servo Positioning, and HMI programming.
  • Familiarity with CNC, Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Robotics.
  • Knowledge of Control Reliable Safety Circuits and Safety PLC.
  • Knowledge in Camera Vision Systems (Cognex/Fanuc IR).
  • Understanding of common control networks (Ethernet IP, DeviceNet, CC-Link, etc.).

Required experience:

  • Minimum of 3 months co-op experience in Electrical Controls Engineering.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology or equivalent experience.

Honda Factors:

  • Interact with associates from all levels and sections within Honda and all customers.
  • Required to wear arc flash personal protection equipment to open live control panels.
  • Must be physically capable of going into a machine shop environment to inspect equipment, verify physical dimensions. Equipment conditions range from new to older and may require entering equipment covered with various machine coolants/ oils.
  • Must be willing to travel both domestic (95%) and internationally (5%) – up to 2 weeks at a time to Japan or other regions (5% total time is travel).
  • Work is 85% office environment, 15% hands-on (line-side investigation, machine build/install and debug support)
  • Willingness to work daily overtime and some weekends/holidays when necessary.


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