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Controls Engineer

Company: Adient
Location: Battle Creek
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:


Develop, maintain and improve automation control systems integral to the production process of the manufacture and assembly of automotive seating, JIT or automotive experience is highly preferred.


  • Support the maintenance department by assisting in the troubleshooting of equipment issues, which includes troubleshooting PLC ladder logic and data handling functions in Control Logix processors.
  • Maintain PLC documentation upon receipt from equipment suppliers and an archive of PLC programs and machine controls drawings in an electronic and/or paper format and throughout facility.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, repair and improve automated equipment including devices, I/O, instruments and all other components associate with automated processes to meet production and safety goals.
  • Support various I/O devices connected to PLC's including HMI's, scanners, remote I/O, sensors, relays, solenoids, servo drives, etc., and support/assist maintenance personnel in troubleshooting pneumatic circuits.
  • Improve equipment uptime and contribute to Plant reliability maintenance.
  • Schedule and complete backups of all electronic machine control and robotic programs on set schedule and develop and maintain Preventive Maintenance Programs.
  • Ability to diagnose problems with hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical systems interfacing with electrical and electronic systems.
  • Applies knowledge of electronic and instrumentation principles to determine equipment malfunctions and applies skills in restoring equipment to operation.
  • Implement and maintain data collection system from Plant floor processing equipment.
  • Identify and implement error-proofing requirements throughout the production process.
  • Part of multi-disciplinary Plant Team to determine continuous improvement strategies.
  • Identify and plan for process impact(s) as a result of engineering and launch changes.
  • Participate in 8D or similar root-cause based problem solving tasks to ensure that abnormalities, when observed, are acted upon to resolve root-causes.
  • Contribute to specifications for equipment purchases, which include review and commentary on equipment controls drawings prior to build approval.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, and/or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years related Controls Engineering manufacturing experience; automotive plus.
  • Experience using Allen Bradley's RS Logix 5000, ControLogix and Panelview development software is a must.
  • Experience with Siemens S7 software and panelview development.
  • Experience with Ignition software.
  • Experience with vision/barcode cameras.
  • Ability to diagnose problems with hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical systems interfacing with electrical and electronic systems.
  • Experience with electrical drawings and schematics.
  • Willing to work off shifts, if necessary
  • Willing to work overtime, if necessary


  • Automotive experience.
  • Welding experience within a production manufacturing environment. GMAW, Laser,resistance welding with a technical background.
  • Experience of robotic welding systems and controls. Fanuc, Motoman.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.


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Keywords: Adient, Battle Creek , Controls Engineer, Other , Battle Creek, Michigan

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