Sr. Test and Automation Engineer in Radford, VA, Roanoke, VA, Blacksburg, VA at Kollmorgen

Date Posted: 9/11/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description


At Kollmorgen, our mission is to be the best at solving the most demanding motion challenges through collaboration with our end users, customers, suppliers, innovation partners and each other.  We are seeking to hire a Sr. Test and Manufacturing Automation Engineer. This Sr Engineer is responsible for upgrading, developing, and maintaining customized automation equipment, processes, programs, and databases for global factories. They work with both Research & Development and Operations to support new product introduction as well as improves operational efficiency and quality.

This engineer is responsible for the test analysis, software development, and maintenance of test equipment, programs, and fixtures related to the development, fabrication, and production of products. These products will include electromagnetic devices such as motors as well as higher-level assemblies that may include motors, gears, lead screws, etc. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain operations support with an analytical mindset to help deep dive data for quality issues and develop robust corrective actions
  • Troubleshoot and determine root cause/corrective action (RCCA)
  • Design and modify a wide array of automated test and manufacturing/process equipment with regards to electrical schematics, mechanical CAD, test software, and SQL/MySQL databases
  • Work with new and innovative equipment to maintain any system or process with the understanding of production requirements
  • Support the implementation of Standard Work
  • Perform necessary quality checks and data collection
  • Work with the development team, manufacturing engineers as well as production personnel to resolve technical issues that are identified through the development and manufacturing process
  • Provide design for manufacturability/testability feedback to the design team 
  • Participate in activities pertaining to product evaluation test, including Altra Business System events, design review meetings, meetings with suppliers, as required
  • Store final test spec and gauge r&r results in SVN

Job Requirements

Critical Competencies

  • Drives Innovation and Growth: can identify automation opportunities to improve quality and throughput and provide management with timely and accurate estimates for time and cost
  • Is flexible and works parallel paths to execute projects on time
  • Charts the Course: Has a deep understanding of business needs, quickly prioritizes the critical few, engages multiple leaders in assessing and responding to the impact of change; helps others
  • Leads through ABS: Sets high expectations for results; sets a personal example for accountability and drives for results
  • Must be a motivated, self-directed, team player, expected to actively communicate with colleagues across the world
  • Must be able to read and work to blueprints, work instructions, and schematics to troubleshoot problems or make required changes
  • Must have good computer skills (must be familiar with MS office, Excel, etc.)
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills for direct and frequent communication with internal and external customers and suppliers.
  • Familiar with various industry standard machine communication protocol

Education and Experience Requirements

  • BS of Engineering, Physics, Mechatronics, Automation, Controls, Robotics, or Computer Science required
  • 7+ years minimum work experience
  • Strong LabVIEW, C++, C#, Matlab, or VB experience
  • CAD software design experience (e.g., AutoCAD, Solidworks, Inventor, or Pro-Engineer)
  • Strong electrical, mechanical, and controls background is required to troubleshoot systems, machinery, and test equipment
  • Experience using precision measurement devices and data acquisition (analog, digital I/O, temperature, etc.)
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  As a result, all applicants must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR.  ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., Green Card Holder), Political Asylee, or Refugee
  • Ability to pass vision and color eye test or correct vision or color-blindness through some means.

Desired Experience

  • +2 years preferred work experience with electric motors and/or rotating machinery
  • +3 years preferred work experience in automation and controls
  • Familiar with database structure and SQL language
  • Experience with pneumatic or hydraulic systems

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