Senior Automation Engineer

Direct Hire

St Paul, MN

AutoCAD, PLC programming, robotic programming


We have an immediate need for a Senior Automation Engineer for our facility in the East Twin Cities metro area to develop business cases for a 3-5-year plan to automate and add robots over both Minnesota and Florida locations.  The ideal candidate will work with internal controls engineer/PLC and external vendors to design and build automation/ robotic systems as well as integrate outdated systems as needed into upgraded operational systems. 

Critical Success Criteria:
The Senior Automation Engineer will own the company’s automation technology roadmap and will champion plant automation efforts to drive safety, quality and productivity improvements, to include:
• Collaborating with R&D and operations leadership to assess plant automation opportunities and identify optimal solutions in support of overall company strategy.
• Overseeing and supporting the design and implementation of automation solutions from initial concept to a finished product in partnership with engineering, production, maintenance and others as needed.
• Overseeing project workflow using the stage-gate project management process and support internal and external resources to ensure on-time delivery of projects, meeting quality standards and budget expectations.

Other Responsibilities:
• Develop business cases using engineering economics (IRR/NPV/EVA) to rank automation opportunities
• Assess automation opportunities and help create innovative equipment designs to solve complex problems
• Work with internal and external partners to develop machine design concepts and robotic technologies
• Coordinate cross-functional teams to pilot prototypes, evaluating operational feasibility and reliability
• Manage operational and project costs by approving expenditures and administering contracts
• Provide support for troubleshooting equipment
• Provide technical guidance, problem solving and advice to others in the team and stakeholders
• Act as subject matter expert available to operations to offer technical consulting services on a need’s basis
• Develop and maintain relationships with external technical expertise
• Remain current on the latest developments in automation technologies and incorporate it into new initiatives
• Prepare detailed technical reports and offer conclusive recommendations
• Ensure all relevant safety objectives and legal requirements are observed.

Essential Requirements:
• Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Equivalent
• 10+ years’ relevant engineering experience. Ideally with exposure to heavy industrial operations
• 3+ years’ experience programing and testing robots in manufacturing environments
• PLC programming and Robot programming skills
• Experience using AutoCAD electrical and mechanical drawing packages
• Hands-on and a mechanical aptitude
• Strong project management experience with multi-disciplinary teams
• Desire to mentor and transfer knowledge and skills to other stakeholders in the organization
• Ability to conduct fundamental research, analyze information and arrive at defensible conclusions
• Diligent in following safety protocols and recognizing potential hazards
• Skilled in MS Office for use in preparing reports and documents
• Self-motivated and directed, ability to work well under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple tasks concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines
• First-rate interpersonal skills, including written and verbal communications and conflict resolution, ensuring team cooperation
• Knowledge of heavy industrial equipment and automation/ robots
• Capable of lifting 30 lbs. and standing for extended durations when performing plant-based test work with or without reasonable accommodation
• Capable of wearing respiratory protection and other PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, boots, hearing protection) in hot work environment up to 8 hours per day
• 20/20 vision, or vision corrected to 20/20
• Willingness for up to 20% travel to Tampa site and other location on a as needed basis

• Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Equivalent
• Strong experience with Allen-Bradley programming or Wonderware

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

This position does not qualify for sponsorship.  NO THIRD-PARTY RESUMES PLEASE.  Applicant must be able to prove authorization to work in the US as part of Form I-9 verification.

If you are interested and available for this full-time position, please use the apply process where you found this job or apply directly on our website at the following URL: