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Senior Controls Engineer-Automation

Greer, SC

SUMMARY: Will be directly involved with the design and implementation of custom automation equipment for many different industries.


Provide leadership in the controls engineering department. Lead and oversee controls portion of projects, including PLC, HMI, and robotic automation designs. Develop/implement procedures and standards for the controls engineering department to assist in meeting delivery timelines, improving quality, and maintaining budgets.

Role will require the ability to work under minimal or limited supervision.



  • Uphold AEC Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, and Respect in all work-related activities.
  • Attain and maintain system expertise to design and execute machine controls and new robotic opportunities that would best benefit our customers.
  • Ability to conduct pFMEAs and Risk Assessments is desirable.
  • Lead and assist in equipment start-up and commissioning, and coordinate with suppliers and contractors to accomplish automation objectives and goals.
  • Develop simulation and testing (of automation) programs where required and beneficial to demonstrate the benefits of newly developed capabilities.
  • Test, maintain, and modify (as required) existing automation systems.
  • Program various industrial robots and Cobots such as Fanuc, Fanuc, Kuka, Yaskawa, etc.
  • Program Rockwell PLC’s and HMI’s and have at least a working knowledge of other platforms such as Siemens, Automation Direct, Schneider, Mitsubishi, Omron, etc.
  • Program motion systems utilizing AC Drives and Servo Drives.
  • Work collaboratively with both customers and internal staff (mechanical engineers, purchasing, management and others) to design and provide new and replacement automation equipment.
  • Apply Lean Manufacturing Practices and Procedures toward implementation of new projects.



  • Conduct and instruct maintenance, engineering, and operators in new processes and procedures of automated equipment.
  • Write instruction and training documentation for customer systems.
  • Write strong project plans to accomplish projects on time within cost constraints that will develop and demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with the health and safety regulations and quality standards (OSHA, RIA, NFPA 70E, NFPA 79, NEC, ISO 13849-1;EN 954-1)
  • Mentor and assist associate controls engineers and technical staff in automation methods and programming.



  • A minimum of an Associate’s degree (A.A./A.S.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and a minimum of three years of related experience; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Must have a proven track record in leading projects and developing new automation for machines and processes to provide detailed documentation upon project completion.
  • Knowledge of PLC logic and practical experience in programming with PLC’s that may include but not limited to: Rockwell (Allen Bradley), Siemens, etc. Additional experience of HMI or SCADA programming are desirable.
  • The candidate must have experience reading and red-lining PI&D drawings.
  • Must be able to work at an expert level with computers. Ability to work at a proficient level with Microsoft Word and Excel and other MS Office software.




Most work is performed in an office and shop environment. Regular trips to client facilities and/or manufacturing plants may also be required depending on project responsibilities.

Travel up to 30% will be required as well as working evenings, weekends and/or holidays which is done to support client needs during projects, including project meetings, installations, commissioning, shutdowns and/or scheduled maintenance.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move between standing and sitting. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms including pushing and pulling; talk, hear and see to communicate and ensure safety procedures are followed. The employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or

move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.



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