Controls Engineer

Location : 10501 NW Transcon Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


Challenge is #PeoplePowered!


Position Summary:

Responsible for machine standardization, launch, troubleshooting, maintaining and improvement of highly automated controls, robotic and welding systems. This is
often accomplished in demanding situations with tight deadlines.

  • Develop, test and improve current machine standards. 
  • Design and program PLC, HMI, robots and other types of electronic or electrical manufacturing equipment. 
  • Provide support for installation, controls issues and wiring upgrades on equipment. 
  • Assist in and occasionally lead in the trouble shooting of malfunctioning equipment. 
  • Conduct continuous improvement activities such as cycle time reduction, standardization of existing equipment and incorporation of error proofing strategies.




  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering or other engineering discipline (required). 
  • 5+ years of experience with PLC & HMI programming (required). 
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with Rockwell software and AB CompactLogix, GuardLogix, PanelView plus platforms (required). 
  • Two to three years system integration experience (preferred). 
  • Ability to design and create prints. 
  • Ability to install hardware and wiring. 
  • Ability to program and debug automated robotic welding, sealing, fastening and assembly system. 
  • Ability to program Panel View (HMI) and PLCs. 
  • Ability to effectively problem solve and troubleshoot. 
  • Ability to use computer aided modeling to ensure work output meets customer needs (internal and external).
  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 




Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.