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Automation Engineer - Robot Programmer

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04 May 2018
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About The Opportunity

The Process Engineering department within Research Centre Trollhättan is now looking for more Automation Engineers with the focus on robot programming.

The Research Centre is a part of the GKN Global Research and Technology organization at GKN Aerospace and currently we are 75 employees. We are located at GKN Aerospace Engine System site in Trollhättan, and has laboratory at Innovatum. Process Engineering has the responsibility to develop advanced manufacturing processes for next generation of  aero engines. The department focus areas are

  • Free form additive manufacturing

  • Laser  welding

  • Machining

  • Inspection

    all with focus on automation.


    We have at the research lab four robot cells for different purposes. Specifically, GKN has a state-of-art additive manufacturing capability in our robot-laser-welding cells. Historically, metallics has been dominated, but we are expanding ambition to also build a composite automation cell. The work is organized in technology projects where we develop new product concepts and implement new processes in production. The department is currently 20 employees with a strong ambition to grow. We also have continuous cooperation with the production organization four insertion of technology.

The department of Process Engineering now has an open position for an Automation Engineer with the focus of mechatronics and robotics. The role will include programming of ABB robot system for several different purposes as well as developing the of control system for our special processes.

You are an Engineer with a competence profile in mechatronics and robotics interested in working practically with equipment and process development. The role also involves close collaboration with researchers and research organizations within the field of automation.
Key Responsibilities

We are looking for an Automation Engineer to our Research Centre with a strong education in mechatronic or robot system with a passion for programming.


Typical responsibilities:


  • Programming of ABB robots in our robot-laser-welding or automation cells, typically to demonstrate new process capability or to build technology demonstrators

  • Participate in process development where robot is an critical function

  • Drive technology development projects within R&T

  • Contribute with creativity and support colleagues in our technology teams, with the future possibility be a team leader

  • Participate in for research programs in corporation with Universities


The work is performed in our teams as internal technology development projects, and in research projects often done in bilateral or multilateral collaboration with our partners in the EU, as well as GKN sites in the USA, and with University partners

Qualifications / Experience / Skills

  • You are an engineer with an MSc or PhD degree in specifically in Robotics or Mechatronics or have at least 5 years of experience in the field.

  • You have education/experience programming and handling of ABB robots

  • It is meritorious with experience of programming and simulation in Robot Studio.

  • It is meritorious with experience of ABB PLC programming or HMI programming

  • It is meritorious with experience of robot automation cell design and build

  • You have a desire to work practically in the lab with both with process development and equipment development

  • You have good ability to communicate and present plans and results internally as well as externally with our partners 

  • You have good social skills, the ability to create effective networks and can take on a technical responsibility role  

  • You are proficient in English

    Date for employment:
    June 2018
    For more information please contact:
    Robert Reimers | Manager R&T Process Engineering | GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Sweden
    R&T Centre 9634 TL3S | SE-461 81 Trollhättan | Sweden
    Phone: +46 520 292795 | Mobile: +46 700 872795
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