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Controls Engineer

United States
Work Location:
Bowling Green
Advertising End Date:
31 Jan 2020
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

What you’ll do

The Controls Engineer will research, develop, design, and integrate PC and PLC controllers and drive systems for the purpose of supporting manufacturing and assembly operations as well as advanced Engineering and Training Support plant wide.

  • Comply with all company and departmental policies and procedures
  • Troubleshoot issues involving controls programs and provide advanced support to various software packages and Controls documents.
  • Make program modifications as needed for efficient operation of plant machinery as well as HMI Interface and graphics applications for more efficient operator interaction.
  • Control “PG” and laptop devices that are necessary for troubleshooting equipment.
  • Formulate action plans when needed to ensure that major issues are resolved.
  • Work in partnership with machine vendors and GKN manufacturing engineers to design and develop effective automated PLC control and drive systems to support the production requirements and goals. Make recommendations for improvements to systems as needed.
  • Provide direction and train maintenance personnel in corrective maintenance and installation of electronic equipment.
  • Prepare training curriculum and offer instruction on various software packages and processes to Maintenance and advanced support staff
  • Establish protocols and be responsible for system access, backups and data recovery.
  • Establish and maintain comprehensive inventory of all machine software packages within the area of responsibility. Ensure that software updates are obtained and installed as needed.
  • Act as the GKN representative to insure that all newly purchased machines have all necessary software, licenses and back-up programs.  Screen programs to ensure that English language conversions have been completed and if necessary work with machine supplier to correct any issues.
  • Contact vendor to resolve problems related to controls issues.
  • Partner with IT Department to ensure line servers are maintained and updated as needed.
  • Attend production briefs when needed.
  • Maintain Lockout/Tagout, CPR, First Aid, Confined Space Entry and other safety related certifications.
  • Endure strict adherence to OSHA, ISO-TS 16949, ISO 14001 and other standards.

About you

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering
  • 3+ years of experience in programmingPLCNetwork Systems and Vision Systems 
  • Siemens S7 & Allen Bradly 5000 Programming
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to understand logic control (relay & PLC)and how to manipulate the logic to repair problems.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distributions,determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance,correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables..
  • Vision system selection, programming, troubleshooting for Cognex, Keyence, etc.
  • Laser marker setup and troubleshooting – Keyence. Lean fundamental knowledge along with program management skills.  Supervisory skills a plus.
  • Strong troubleshooting skill set with excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Key Responsibilities
About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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