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Sr. Controls Engineer

Amtec. Monrovia Full-Time
$130,000.00 - $140,000.00 / year
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Leadership and Teamwork
• Work in a team environment with other engineering, production, quality and test, materials control, contract management, and sales departments.
• Preparation of documents as needed based on interviews with customers and the mechanical, electrical, and software engineers
• Develop project plans and schedules for development work.
• Report on progress, demonstrations, and changes
• Provide detailed documentation for engineering release
• Ability to analyze complex data and present to management and engineers in understandable discussions
• This requires a strong technical and social aptitude for written and verbal communication
• Identify obstructions and issues early to Project Managers and Management.
• Plan with System Engineering Manager and V.P. of Operations and Systems methods for long term Systems Group sales growth and cost reductions with improved quality.
• Complete pre-sale conceptual design, schedule, and cost estimation of software, electrical, and mechanical for semi-automated and fully automated industrial processing workstations developed from communication with customers and Sales, Systems Engineering Services, and Systems Project Management resources.
• Implement HMI and GUI integration for system operation, motion control, laser control, resistance welder control, machine vision (Cognex), data collection and analysis, file management, and networking capabilities.
• Develop Structured, re-useable low-level and high-level motion control system code for Delta-Tau, Aerotech, Allen Bradley, and similar motion systems implementing controls and I/O functions.
• This requires a strong background in motion control and S.T.E.M.
• Implement manufacturing floor automation connectivity software including LAN, database, and other standard interfaces and protocols
• Provide support for system acceptance testing conducted by Project Managers
• Complete electrical engineering design and troubleshooting support as needed.
• Supply mechanical design suggestions for robust operation to mechanical engineers for detailed design implementation.
• Create Software Design Specifications (SDS) and Hardware Design Specifications (HDS) based on User Requirements Specifications (URS), purchase orders, quotations, sales orders, and any additional compliance documents.
• Build, develop, and evaluate prototypes for automation and control systems based on detailed SDS and HDS.
• Lead engineering discussions with Software Controls Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Electrical Controls Engineers to swift solutions for system sales order.
• Develop laser optics path and vibration isolation designs with input from Applications and Advanced Technology Departments and customer application results.
• Directly responsible for ensuring continuous Systems robotics, vision, motion control, and pick & place improvements.
• Experienced in kaizen methods applied to engineering and controls is a plus.
• Knowledgeable in software design tools and environments including: .NET, Visual C++, C#, current Experience in C# is a plus. Fundamental background in Software Engineering.
• Four year degree in computer science, engineering, physics, or related discipline required. Masters Electrical engineering, Automation or Control Engineering preferred.
• 8 years+ experience in designing custom motion control, HMI, robotics, pick & place, and hardware for automated control systems.
• 3 years+ experience in designing custom machine vision applications preferred.
• Experience with lasers and optics helpful
• Electrical engineering design experience; Solidworks Electrical is a plus.
• Proven record of staying at the leading edge of technology to provide solutions that are leading edge and cost effective.
• Excellent time management skills and follow-though with ability to accomplish day-to-day tasks while continuing to make progress, and bring to completion, longer term projects.
• Preferred applicants will have experience in DLL generation for selected software-controllable systems components such as: data acquisition and controls, motion controllers, visions systems, lasers, data collection and report generators.
• Strong background in S.T.E.M.
• Advanced understanding of mathematics, statistics, and engineering required
• All aspects of work must consider discretion and confidentiality of data and proprietary technology of customers, AMYA, and other third parties.
• Ability to travel occasionally

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In 1959, Robert Underwood took over what was then a floundering, debt-ridden staffing company whose goal was to find the right candidates for its customers. Renaming it Amtec Engineering, Inc., Bob worked hard to pull the company out of the red and honor his predecessor’s debts. With God’s help and a lot of elbow grease, he succeeded, and the little company grew under the leadership of Bob and a new partner, Pete Van Dyken. At first located on Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton, California, the company served mainly technical companies like Beckman, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and Rockwell. Without the invention of computers or fax machines, candidates hand-delivered or mailed in their resumes, which were coded and painstakingly filed so they could be retrieved for the right job. Many came in each week to pick up their checks, too, and were always greeted by name.

Wanting more space, Amtec moved to Brea in 1978, and the advent of computers began making it much easier and faster to serve our candidates and customers. In 1983, Scott Kuethen joined the Amtec team as a recruiter. Young and full of new ideas, he constantly made suggestions for improvement, including bringing in new technology (the fax!) and ways to cut costs so the company could survive the latest economic downturn. Scott loved the win/win opportunity that recruiting afforded him; helping both a candidate and an employer in one fell swoop was almost as good as eating ice cream!

When Pete decided to retire, Scott and a partner bought his share of the company. A few years later, when Bob wanted to semi-retire also, they bought him out, too. The wind of change blew through Amtec as computer technology rapidly evolved, enabling us to be even more efficient in tracking candidate resumes and employers’ open positions.

Since then, change has become the norm, as software, firmware, and hardware seem to constantly need updating. And some new partners have joined our vision. But the passion with which Amtec serves its clients and candidates is still what motivates us. Although we’ve improved our process and systems, our main goal is the same, to find the right candidates for our clients’ positions. Yes, some things never change!

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