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Controls Engineer

Location:2501 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341

Who We Are:

Challenge’s mission is to manufacture with operational excellence by empowering our employee-owners. As a leading tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry, we drive innovative solutions for future mobility. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry leaders allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do and embody our core values of safety, ownership, and teamwork every day; they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned automotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #QualityDriven and #PeoplePowered!

Who We Want:

Our Controls Engineers are 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. The Controls Engineer reports directly to the Engineering Plant Manager.

What You'll Do:

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.

When and Where:

This will be a B Shift / 5PM-3:30AM Tues-Sat position located at our Plant in Pontiac, MI.

What You Need to Have:

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

What 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, Referral Bonus Program, Challenge Incentive Program, and paid time off.

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. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.