Senior Automation Engineer

Garmin   •  

Olathe, KS

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


8 - 10 years

Posted 52 days ago


As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.
In operations and facilities, we literally do it all…in-house. We are looking for skilled, energetic individuals who want to join our quality, international shipping, manufacturing, office services, planning, purchasing, receiving, returns and warehouse teams. These associates do everything from delivering packages and purchasing supplies to assembling aviation panel mounts and ensuring our large shipments of goods are exported according to applicable international laws. Together, they proactively support associates and customers alike. If you’re ready to work – and have fun, too – come, help us put the pieces together!
The secret to success is in the process, at least for these engineers. Our process engineers not only improve production methods – layout, lean production flow, tooling/product equipment, material, fabrication, etc. – they also determine space requirements to ensure efficiency in manufacturing processes in the industrial plant. Their ultimate goal: to continually improve products, processes and personnel.
We are looking for a full-time Senior Automation Engineer at headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. In this role you will provide technical leadership and project planning for complex tasks related to manufacturing of several new products in development. Other essential functions include:

  • Develop all aspects of engineering design based on expertise: mechanical, electrical, safety, PLC/HMI/robotic programming
  • Ensure all solutions comply with product design specifications
  • Generate revision-controlled design and user documentation
  • Conduct training for equipment operators and maintenance technicians
  • Troubleshoot, support and continuously improve existing automated solutions
  • Research and development of new, cutting edge automation concepts

You will also participate in recruiting activities as assigned.
Due to the amount of resources and expense exhausted in training for this position, a minimum of one year from the start of this position will be requiredbefore an associate is eligible for a job transfer.


Qualified candidates must possess a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering (or another engineering discipline) AND a minimum of 5years relevantexperience ORBachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering (or another engineering discipline) from a four-year college or university AND a minimum of 8years relevantexperience OR an equivalent combination of education and relevantexperience. Otherqualifications include:

  • Excellent academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 as a general rule)
  • Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capability for applying industry standards and procedures to develop, implement, and document operational processes
  • Ability to learn how to use and apply engineering tools
  • Must demonstrate the capability to perform basic troubleshooting & debugging
  • Previous, hands-on automation experience involving industrial controls and programming
  • Experience using 2D and 3D CAD design software (AutoCAD, Solidworks)
  • Excellent problem solving ability
  • Clear and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be team-oriented, possess a positive attitude and work well with others
  • Ability to learn how to use and apply engineering tools
  • Must demonstrate the capability to perform basic troubleshooting & debugging
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on occasion

Previous work or internshipexperience working in a manufacturing environment is highly preferred!
Our benefits are designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life. They allow our associates to make their own decisions about their wellbeing and future and consistently rank Garmin as a top tier benefits provider when compared to other high-tech employers. We offer a choice of high value medical, dental and vision plans with low or no premiums, to fit you and your family’s preferences. In addition, Garmin’s financial benefits include a generous 401K retirement plan that provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount. Garmin offers many other benefits and perks ranging from wellbeing initiatives, educational assistance and career development, community charity support, and employee discounts just to name a few.