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Software PLC Automation Engineer

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Posted: 04/19/2017 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Industrial Machinery Installation-Repair-Maintenan Job Number: 70694

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Automation Engineer

The Automation Engineer will work collaboratively with  customers, program managers, mechanical and software engineers and manufacturing  through the entire new product development lifecycle. Will provide leadership to Santa Clara design/service engineers as well as take on hands on role in Test Engineering and Automation Engineering programs. Will also interface with the company design and program management team.

Will provide technical leadership and hands on design and troubleshooting for diverse range of capital equipment

Provide multiple roles as needed from design, implementation, and commissioning to sales and service support.

Write and collaborate on detailed requirements, design and other documentation with overseas engineering teams


Qualifications  Required:
  • The engineer should be capable of understanding, bridging and making decisions in all 3 major fields of automation (mechanical, electrical and software).
  • The ideal candidate will be a seasoned engineer in automation and tool  development from concept to tool build. Most likely this is a software/controls engineer that has good experience with driving the mechanical/electrical side.
  • 5+ years developing automation and test equipment
  • Strong experience in multiple platforms (PLC, PC, Robots, Microcontrollers)
  • Background in multiple programming environments (C++, C#,  Objective-C,  ControlLogix)
  • Experience in automation best practices
  • Experience with automation vision systems
  • Strong oral, written, and presentation communications skills
  • Ability to produce results independently while tightly coordinating efforts with multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to lead and direct multiple engineer team members
  • Ability to work with customers 
  • 3 to 4 trips per year for two weeks to China


In addition here is a broad list of  qualifications; an automation engineer should be able to understand many of these topics:

PC Programming – Visual Studio .Net, C/C++, C#, VB, Objective-C, Python, Java, Multithreading, Libraries, Source Control

PLCs – Rockwell,  Codesys, Keyence, IEC 61131

Microcontroller and FPGA – Atmel, ST Micro, Altera

Safety Controllers –  GuardLogix, Siemens, Banner, Sick, OMRON

National Instruments –  LabView, Measurement Studio

Robots – Epson, Denso, FANUC,  Motoman,  Staubli, Yamaha

Vision Systems –  Cognex, Keyence,  Matrox

Lasers –  Trumpf,  Rofin, Keyence

Motion Controllers – MEI,  Galil, Aerotech, Bosch, IAI

SCADA – Rockwell Factory Talk View ME/SE/Distributed,  Indusoft,  Wonderware

Databases – Oracle, SQL

Control Networks –  EthernetIP,  EtherCat,  ASiBus,  DeviceNet, Modbus, Serial, Windows Sockets

IO Systems – Point IO, Flex IO,  Festo,  Murr,  Beckhoff, Phoenix

Windows – Networking, Server, Scripting

Operating Systems – Windows Desktop/Server, OSX,  Unix, iOS, Android

Virtual Machines –  WMWare, ESXI

Advanced Microsoft Office and VBA Automation

CAD –  Solidworks, AutoCAD,  ProE, PDM Systems

Lab Equipment – Oscilloscope, Electronic Load, Laser Interferometer

International Standards – ISO, EN, UL, CE, IEC, TUV


Other General Requirements:
  • Knowledge of NFPA 79, NEC, Semi S2, Machine Safety Design Standard (ISO 13849) requirements
  • Good knowledge of off-the-shelf electrical hardware such as PLC, relays, power supply, motion drivers, etc.
  • Good understanding of motion control systems and applications
  • Good understanding of PC and PLC controls architecture
  • Working knowledge of lab equipment, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators, logic analyzers. 
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects and accommodate tight schedules


  • Experience with micro control based test equipment 
  • BS + 5 years/MS   in related discipline
  • Capable of speaking/understanding Mandarin  is a plus




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