The Automation Engineer is responsible for managing, introducing, maintaining & troubleshooting various automated machines. They will be part of designing new equipment, programming, simulating, and testing automated machinery and processes to complete exact tasks. The automation engineer will be involved with design schematics for automation components using CAD software and analyse production processes to assess automation’s best use. They will manage supply chain issues and perform regular maintenance on automation equipment, performing repairs, and troubleshooting when necessary. The automation engineer will write requirements for quality assurance and machine operation and regularly calibrate and repair equipment. They will analyse production processes and develop automation solutions to support business, process and machine efficiencies overall.
Work on custom automation solutions, introducing new & transfer equipment through validation & into a controlled production environment.
Lead & perform FAT/SAT at automation vendors.
Carry out full validation IQ/OQ/PQ & handover to production of new automation equipment.
Write validation reports as per defined protocols.
Isolate, replicate, and report defects to the relative teams.
Implement improvements with measurable results in savings, revenue, or quality.
Program, configure, and integrate new equipment into existing systems.
Provide technician direction and support to fellow team members.
Provide technical support and training to other department resources.
Assist in the development of internal training programs, activities, and initiatives.
To include cost evaluation and return on investment (ROI) estimates.
Verify accuracy of energy monitoring, energy reports, and calibration procedures.
Complete all work each day in a safe manner.
Assist in planning, organizing, monitoring, and oversight of all phases of test automation.
Prepare reports summarizing information or trends related to automation.
Maintain correct stock levels of repair or replacement parts.
Develop and document process for internal automation and development projects.
Actively support/solve intensified issues from both internal and external customers.
Actively participate in design and code reviews from functional teams.
Actively work with the customer to optimize the automation performance to deliver contracted KPIs.
Assist in scheduling and defining resource needs.
Lead the auditing of all current processes to identify opportunities for further automation.
Develop and execute performance test scripts specific to the product needs.
Take lead in develop resilient continuous integration and delivery automation pipelines.
Perform/lead test execution for both project and support related activities.
Travel to automation vendors.
Proficiency in maintaining automation equipment
Experience with robotics, AI, machine learning & vision sytems
Experience with project management
Solid understanding of computer programming and software development
Design & migration - Ability to troubleshoot equipment and perform complex system tests, alongside simulating protocols to validate that the machinery can do what is has been designed for
Strong leadership and problem-solving skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Creative thinking skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong analytical skills
Ability to communicate well with other members of the development team
Excellent manual dexterity
Extensive stakeholder management and collaboration both internally and externally
Continual process improvement
Technical report writing
Technical mentorship & training
Ability to keep up with the latest technologies
A desire to continually upgrade technical knowledge
Exploring and implementing new ways to automate systems
Programming new automated components – planning and constructing systems that can monitor and control physical processes, control circuits, networked systems, sensors/actuators etc
Coding and programming
Identifying quality issues and writing reports
Eliminating defects and errors with product and software development
The above list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to carry out other duties which may reasonably be assigned by management.
Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, computer science engineering or similar field
5+ years previous experience in an automation role (preferably within injection moulding)
Strong understanding of various automation tools – controls, computers, measurement sensors, actuators, automation testing software
Previous project administration/management an advantage
Validation experience required
Experience with PLC, Agile, HMI, APIs, and SQL software and systems
Experience with cloud, Python, SCADA, C, and JAVA software and systems
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Skilled in writing protocols and collaboration
Ability to think creatively, a natural problem solver
Flexible, adaptable and ability to work in a climate of uncertainty
MGS Mfg. Group Ltd is an equal opportunities employer