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Controls Engineer II

May 9, 2024

The Controls Engineer II supports installations and commissioning of material distribution systems both new and retrofit. Provides a high-level understanding and knowledge of all aspects of an assigned project. Supports onsite installation team with in-depth knowledge of equipment, technologies, and system software. Identifies gaps in project schedule or material to prevent unnecessary expenses or downtime to the customer. Supports projects, customers, and co-workers both on site and remotely when necessary.

This role could be based at any one of our offices: Atlanta, GA, Newport News, VA or Mason, OH.

Short Facts

  • Newport News, VA
    Newport News, VA, United States of America
  • Swisslog
  • Customer Service
    Customer Service
  • Permanent Position
    Permanent Position


  • Support, repair, and upgrade installed systems at customer facilities
  • Provide after-hours controls support of customer automation systems as required and maintaining remote access credentials
  • Provide onsite support of high level and complex electrical / mechanical and controls installations
  • Electrical/mechanical troubleshooting of automation systems to reduce customer downtime
  • Responsible for scratch development and modification of existing PLC and HMI software for customer automation systems on a project basis
  • Assist project manager in developing project schedules
  • On-site commissioning of equipment from primarily a controls standpoint with in-depth knowledge of the electrical / mechanical installation as well
  • Lead on-site project team, including external vendors, to a successful implementation
  • Develop documentation and knowledge base articles as required by projects for internal and external use
  • Subject matter expert in multiple Swisslog technologies and/or customers; able to support customer and junior members with knowledge of these technologies
  • Reading and programming in multiple PLC languages in use by Swisslog for project and training purposes
  • Provides onsite team with guidance on Swisslog standards for electrical wiring and labeling
  • Travel as required to support projects, which may include weekend and holidays.

Application Requirements

  • 5-7 years of experience in technical environment inclusive of strong electrical/mechanical troubleshooting
  • Ability to troubleshooting complex electromechanical systems using PLC software to localize issues
  • Ability to read and modify PLC code written in multiple different languages
  • Knowledgeable in Siemens Step 7 Classic and TIA Portal with familiarity of their programming languages (Ladder, statement list, and function block diagram)
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Highly proactive and self-motivated
  • Industrial experience with sound knowledge of electro-mechanical or automation systems
  • Application knowledge of warehouse distribution systems (pallet or tote conveyor, storage and retrieval machines, monorail systems, etc)
  • Experience with AC Variable Frequency Drives and low voltage controls systems
  • Experience programming Variable Frequency Drives from scratch
  • Knowledge of controls programming languages like: Ladder, Statement List, Function Block Diagram, or Structured Text
  • Experience with Siemens Step 7 Classic, Siemens TIA Portal, and/or Allen Bradley/Rockwell Software
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills
  • Read and interpret electrical and mechanical drawings
  • High level of motivation and sound work ethic
  • Customer interaction and problem resolution knowledge
  • Develop how to and work documentation for internal and external review
  • Travel as required to support projects, which may include weekends and some holidays

Our promise

Swisslog provides you with the possibility to grow while working with us to deliver a game changing mission: to shape the future of intralogistics by introducing an era of robotic and data-driven automated solutions that create exceptional customer value. We are proud of our Swiss roots, while the opportunities we offer stretch across the globe. We don't expect perfection, but we do expect Collaboration, Commitment, Clarity, and Competence (our Core Values) from all our colleagues. In return, we offer you the chance to be part of the driving force behind solutions that are shaping the future, while we develop the leaders that will shape ours.
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About Swisslog

Swisslog is shaping the #future of #intralogistics. As part of the KUKA Group, we are at the forefront of technology that is changing the world. Serving some of the biggest and most exciting brands across the globe, we're a team of 2,000 professionals and 50 nationalities, working together to transform intralogistics with smart minds and fresh perspectives. With our flexible, #robotic and #data-driven automated solutions, we are powering the supply chain and taking the industry forward. #JoinOurTeam and bring ideas to life!

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