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Controls & Automation Engineer III

Schaumburg, Illinois
Direct Labor

Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for all aspects of system design to meet customer and company specifications. Develops product application drawings, bills of materials and other related items that result in safe, efficient, cost-effective products. Completes special projects and provides training to other individuals as required.



  • Collaborate with mechanical engineers to design systems for automation and industrial tasks; design requirements that include: establishing optical machine vision designs, generating system mechanical layouts, generating a sequence of operations, reviewing cycle time studies and, generation of design packages, design logic, camera logic, PLC logic, and entering logic descriptions
  • Research, select, apply sensors, communications technologies, and control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication
  • Design electronic, mechanical, or computerized processes to perform challenging and difficult tasks utilizing vision guided robotic controls
  • Design self-monitoring electrical and mechanical systems to monitor loading or conditions of systems to detect and prevent system failures
  • Developing vision applications using Cognex and Keyence vision systems
  • Collaborate with mechanical engineers to test and debug machines and to ensure proper functionality
  • Write offline robot (Epson) and programmable logic controller (PLC) programs
  • Develop program algorithms for robotic controls
  • Integrate robotic and PLC logic
  • Run computer simulations of the robot programs and conduct robot cycle time analysis
  • Set up robotic controller, machine field bus (Ethernet/IP) and digital inputs and outputs
  • Upload robot program to robot controller and PLC program to PLC controller and test Input/Output
  • Proficiency in computer skills including Windows, and Solidworks
  • Ability to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to interpret schematic drawings and ladder logic diagrams.
  • Ability to manage time to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to follow instructions both written and oral.
  • Sound understanding of electronic and electrical theory.
Education & Experience Request
  • Bachelor's degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology from a four-year college or university.
  • Minimum of five years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Laird does not discriminate in hiring or in the terms and conditions of employment because of an individual's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, citizenship or other categories protected by federal, state or local laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.