Controls Engineer - Detroit, MI - Permanent Position


  • AutoCAD
  • Controls Engineer
  • Robotics
  • RSlogix

Job Description

Role: Controls Engineers

Duration: Fulltime/Permanent

Location: Detroit, MI

One of our more prestigious clients has asked for our assistance in seeking a Controls Engineer.

Our client is incredibly dedicated to a culture of learning and superior designs for various automotive parts and systems with over 10 manufacturing locations throughout the US and revenues of over $2 Billion.

What you will be doing -

Are you a master of control systems? A rockstar in the engineering world? We're seeking a Controls Engineer to join our client's team! You'll have the power to improve and document critical production processes from the ground up, from initial project sourcing through production launch and beyond. Your expertise will be essential to bringing engineering changes to life and ensuring our products remain top[1]notch. Come make a difference and showcase your skills with one of our award-winning clients!

As a wizard of tooling design and automation, lend your expertise to new projects and process changes driven by product engineering updates. Your expertise will impact the future of exciting endeavours for the business.

When needed, support Controls-related issues to prevent or minimize production downtime. Help establish design goals, processes, and equipment specifications for Controls and Electrical power distribution systems. Benchmarks processes and equipment throughout the industry and incorporates into Client's Standards. Responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation, and tracking of assigned projects. This role will make minor operation decisions. Develop and track capital investment budgets for assigned projects.

You will support Engineering Cost Estimator to supplying quoted assumptions for the assembly. Works with the program team (internally and with the customer) to develop and launch products into production. Supports program meetings (both internally and with the customer) as required and/or requested. This Controls Engineer must possess a strong knowledge and understanding of EthernetlP & TCP/IP systems, DC Torque Systems (Tech Motive, Bosch, Atlas Copco) and Vision Systems (Cognex, DVT, Keyence) and a basic theory of industrial control systems.

Provide guidance to Maintenance Technicians helping to develop skill sets and strengthen the team as well as supporting the team during crisis management. You should be self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction, makes decisions independently, and is able to motivate others to complete the task at hand.

Your responsibilities will be:

Responsible for programming torque control systems and joint development. Selection of error and mistake-proofing devices.

Provide controls guidance in equipment selection, operations, and expansion.

Integrating and networking PC's and PLC's (TCP/IP, EthernetlP)

Analyze and calculate machine performance and requirements utilizing the PLC.

Participates in developing RFQ's and equipment specifications for capital and tooling requirements.

Responsible for transferring all equipment and process documentation to the Production Plant prior to SOP. This includes all OEM Equipment Documentation (electronic and hard copies of Manuals, BOM, Drawings, recommended spare parts and recommended PM's).

process requirements, capital / tooling investments and direct/ indirect labor.

Main interface with automation and capital equipment vendors for control solutions.

Drive lean concepts (5S, OEE, Kanban, Visual Factory, TPM etc.) throughout the organization.

Implement process improvements to improve overall efficiencies, including automation.

Supports the APQP activities assigned through the Program Management group.

Creates all controls related to communication internally and externally, including technical presentation, design reviews, capacity analysis, and feasibility studies.

Collaborates with Purchasing in evaluation of new suppliers, products and technologies to help maintain a competitive edge in the industry.

Provide guidance in equipment and capital selection to the Purchasing Dept.

Responsible for problem solving and resolution of issues at all sites as directed / or required.

Corporate employees must be able to travel as required to support new launch, engineering change or production related activities (typically no more than 1-2 weeks at a time I estimated 6-12 weeks annually)


Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Instrumentation, Robotics, Computer Programming or a related field

Four (4) years of experience as a Controls Engineer or a related role

Four (4) years of experience with Robotic programming and controls

Four (4) years of experience of PLC programming (Allen Bradley Micro Logic, SLC 500's, ControlLogix 5000 processors) for Manual Assembly Cells, Automated Assembly Cells and Power

& Free conveyor systems.

A minimum of four (4) years of experience working with the following: AutoCAD, RSLogix 5000, RSLogix 500, RS View, ex., Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Power Point.

Four (4) years of experience in HMI programming (AB PanelView and PanelView Plus)

Four (4) years of experience with JIT, SPD, ILVS and Batch manufacturing systems. Including broadcast analysis from customer trigger through customer installation.

Four (4) years of experience working with assembly requirements for all Automotive Component Systems; Body, Trim, Chassis, Powertrain, Interior and Electrical Systems.

A minimum of four (4) years of experience working with manual and automated assembly systems and technologies, including both mechanical and control systems.

A minimum of four (4} years of experience working with Industrial Safety Standards and requirements.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of the job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. This position will have minimum exposure to weather conditions and moderate to loud assembly area noise levels.