Automation and Controls Engineer

  • 23500 64th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

At Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) we’re devoted to a single goal: delivering innovative manufacturing process solutions that propel our customers to success. SHAPE is a strategic combination of companies including Flow International, Advanced Pressure Systems (APS), H20 Jet, Dynamic Robotic Solutions (DRS), KMT Waterjet,  AquaDyne, Tech-Con Automation, Aquarese, Projet System and TOPS.  Collectively, we provide an extensive portfolio of manufacturing process solutions to customers around the world. The core technology of SHAPE was founded in high pressure waterjet cutting, cleaning, and surface preparation. Today, SHAPE’s offerings span automated assembly, material handling, software, process control, robotic motion systems, ultrahigh-pressure cutting and cleaning, aftermarket parts, and extensive support.

The SHAPE difference can be seen in our people. With industry leading technologists, manufacturing experts, and skilled service professionals, SHAPE team members listen to our customers to anticipate their needs and deliver technical know-how that transforms our customers’ visions into reality.

Spanning 100 countries and a broad array of industries, SHAPE is expanding its reach through a growing number of direct and indirect channels. By partnering with our customers, we become integral to the successful design and manufacture of their next-generation products. We continually scour the globe for new, industry-leading technologies to add to our differentiated portfolio of offerings and grow our customer base. Our vision is to become the preeminent advanced process solutions partner handling the highly engineered products of tomorrow.

We are a team of technology enthusiasts who pride ourselves on constantly raising the industry bar. Our world is fast paced and customer focused. With principles, performance and an authentic passion for results deeply rooted in our daily interactions. We strive to create a trust-based environment where driving results and positive attitudes coexist. We are friendly, respectful, and motivated to deliver strong performance in everything we do.

What it’s Like to Work Here.

We are a team of technology enthusiasts who pride ourselves on constantly raising the industry bar. Our world is fast paced and customer focused. With principles, performance and an authentic passion for results deeply rooted in our daily interactions. We strive to create a trust-based environment where driving results and positive attitudes coexist. We are friendly, respectful, and motivated to deliver strong performance in everything we do.

What We Offer.

In addition to training and career advancement opportunities, we offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid time off, education reimbursement, charitable gift matching and more.

Job Description

Purpose:

 As our Automation and Controls Engineer reporting to the Director of System Software & Controls, you are responsible for design, implementation, and support of our controls systems from initial customer requirements gathering to the released products’ sustaining engineering support.

The Automation and Controls Engineer serves three primary roles:

1.     Serve as a member of the engineering team to evaluate, develop and release technical solutions to meet business needs

2.     Lead by example – drive product development and/or research based projects directly, and

3.     Provide guidance and aid in mentorship to the electrical/controls engineering team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

•        Responsible for all aspects of industrial control subsystems for SHAPE products including the large installed base of legacy systems/pumps and new products in development

•        Collaborate with stakeholders and program management to define strategic direction and prioritize controls design enhancements and features

•        Review high level strategic requirements and collaborate with product managers, business development team members, and members of quality organization to define tasks, acceptance criteria, electrical designs, and controls enhancements

•        Leads by example; owns controls based product development projects and manages through  New Product Development processes

•        Coordinates system validation testing in conjunction with software development team leaders

•        Prepare controls design and architecture approach for custom engineered business proposal efforts

•        Work with Designers to generate electrical drawing packages (schematic + assembly) Solidworks Electrical ECAD design software

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.     Demonstrated track record of selecting and developing optimized controls hardware/software to realize product direction provided by the Product Manager.

2.     Critical thinking problem solver capable of leading by example

3.     Ability to lead projects

4.     Strong understanding of how engineering efforts impact the overall business; grasps assignment of engineering projects based on business needs

5.     Accustomed to and comfortable with describing and defending concepts, component selection and application architectures taking into account areas such as required sustaining effort, customer benefits, and predicted future needs.

6.     Work experience where concepts/features were individually conceived, proven, documented, deployed and supported.

7.     Practical design and implementation experience in any combination of the following with an emphasis on motion control:

o       Motion control design and configuration, including servo motor/drive selection and tuning

o       Industrial control system design

-        Schematic design

-        Component selection

-        Panel layout

o       PLC Programming

-        DeltaTau PMAC or Power PMAC

-        Omron Sysmac Studio

-        Siemens TIA Portal

-        IEC 61131-3

-        c, c++ programming experience

o       Modern digital control and real-time network protocols (EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet IP, Ethernet Powerlink, Sercos III etc.)

o       Experience with standard software design processes and version control tools

-        Azure DevOps (preferred)

-        (GIT, Subversion

8.     High level of analytical ability and application of problem solving tool set to complex engineering requirements

9.     Demonstrated ability to work  on live machines for development, testing and validation of control system software

10.  Strong oral and written communication skills

11.  Product compliance knowledge:

o       National Electric Code (including NFPA 79)

o       European CE directives and standards for industrial machinery

Supervisory Responsibility:

No

Education/Experience and/or Training:

1.     BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Physics or Mathematics with minimum of 5 years relevant stand-alone industrial machine controls design work experience; MS level degree or 7 years relevant industrial control design experience preferred.

2.     Minimum 5 years’ experience in any of the following – industrial controls design and implementation, CNC motion controls design, robotics motion controls design, automation control system design.

Travel:

Approximately 15% travel will be required for customer visits, trade shows and worldwide factory meetings.

 

Additional Information

No Recruiters Please!

Shape Technologies Group and our companies operate as an equal opportunity employer.  Per regulations, any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities will be provided.  If you require disability related accommodations, please inform Human Resources.  All personal information that is collected will remain private and confidential. 

 We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted