Automation Engineer

Job Summary An Automation Engineer is a manufacturing professional who designs and implements manufacturing technology to automate production processes. The Automation Engineer applies comprehensive engineering science and industry experience in the design, fabrication, and implementation of new equipment, tooling, processes to tasks delegated in terms of objectives rather than specific instruction and priorities. Use analysis techniques to design the production process.  Responsible for the selection of systems and parts such as measurement, control and safety devices and suitable software. Defines the requirements of the computer systems and software to automate the process. The design and selection of systems and controls is meticulously documented to ensure proper installation. Able to make use of automation controls, automation mechanics, physics, thermodynamics, mathematics, graphics, hydraulics, and the related engineering subjects in the completion of complex automation design and implementation assignments for transition of New Product Introduction and improvements to existing products to production. Primary Responsibilities Lead Designer of Automation Systems, Automation Equipment and Automation tooling for new and existing products for production. Assists Program Management and R&D with automation, controls, electrical, and mechanical expertise required for automation of production equipment and special tooling, test tools and methods, and new process study and research. Coordinates effectively with Program Managers, R&D, Engineering and Management to prepare detailed plans for infrastructure improvement, capital expenditure requests, financial and economic justification, and return on investment. Conducts scheduling and coordination between different groups for special projects, bids and proposals, and internal funded studies and projects. Responsible for equipment improvement and redesign for increasing the general efficiency of production programs. Prepares cost estimates and statement of works for tooling and equipment. Assists with make/buy decisions and oversees the design and build process for outsourced systems. Supervises the installation of equipment and tooling.  Supports Maintenance, Production, and Quality. Stays informed concerning new technologies, materials and equipment, and investigates potential applications. Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above. Understand and live by Esterline's ethics and business conduct policies. Qualifications Solid understanding of computer programming and software development. Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems and perform complex system tests. Creative and self-motivated individual. Detail-oriented approach to problem-solving. Ability to communicate well to other members of the development team. Knowledge of electrical and mechanical principles, material strength, material science and metallurgy, hydraulics, and thermodynamics. Good math skills, computer skills, and knowledge of measuring instruments and methods. Solid knowledge of modern fabrication methods, machine shop practices and techniques. Capable of integrating existing methods with new innovations to economically solve problems in a timely manner. Bachelor's degree in an engineering science with five plus years of automation engineering experience required. Knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerance and experience in generating drawings. Knowledge of CAD systems preferred. Project Management skills and ability to create detailed program and project detailed schedule. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and people skills required. Must be dependable, responsible, and accurate and have the ability to deal with people effectively. Ability to work independently, following both written and verbal instructions; capable of effectively handling ambiguity. Esterline Competencies Demonstrate ability in the Esterline competencies as an employee: customer focus, ethics and values, problem solving, integrity and trust, functional/technical skills, listening, action-oriented, composure and values diversity. Education/Previous Experience Requirements          U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien Status required 13967BR_EN
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Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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