Automation Engineer (Palm Springs Area, 4/10 Work Week)

Job Description
Esterline Technologies Corporation
Automation Engineer, Esterline Defense Technologies
Esterline welcomes people who share our determination and high standards to join us in doing work that moves the world forward. Esterline Defense Technologies (EDT) is comprised of three wholly-owned subsidiaries of Esterline. The Defense Technologies platform has a sole source position in Combustible Ammunition Cases and Countermeasure Chaff. Additionally, Defense Technologies produces Countermeasure Flares and related products for the global defense industry. The platform is headquartered in Coachella, CA with additional locations in the states of Arkansas and North Carolina.
Company Profile
Company Name: Esterline Defense Technologies is part of the Advanced Materials Business Segment of Esterline Technologies Corporation
Industry: Defense Products & Services
Number of Employees: 650
Job Overview
Title: Automation Engineer
Job Family: Engineers
Reports to: Engineering Manager
Works with: Mid-level managers and supervisors, peer engineers and technicians, and suppliers.
Location: Coachella, California
Type: Full-Time
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. Will need to understand, write, and edit code, PLC. 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.
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
Work Hours
4/10 workweek
To Apply
Please apply on-line on the Esterline Career Website, www.esterline.com
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Protected Vet

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