Job Details

Automation Engineer

North America, USA, Remote, Remote
Job Reference
Job Function
Research & Development
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develops plans for testing and debugging automation equipment while applying knowledge of engineering technology as necessary.
  • Programs, troubleshoots and evaluates any design considerations on new and existing systems and equipment.
  • Designs engineering solutions that meet the manufacturing facilities requirements while monitoring budget constraints in order to maximize production equipment quality and efficiency.
  • Preparation of the scope of a project, cost justification and AFE (overall cost proposal) to senior management for approval as required.
  • Maintains awareness of and controls project cost, quality, scope and schedule to ensure on time delivery of projects within internal budgets. Prepares any necessary progress reports for management.
  • Leads or participates in engineering design reviews as required.
  • Evaluates, selects and coordinates with outside vendors for design, machining and fabrication of tooling and systems.
  • Work with vendor/integrator to create more efficient project methods and to guarantee the project's profitability and success.
  • Manage automation project installations/implementations.
  • Design the requirements and work to develop reporting and new dashboards to ensure productivity, quality and operational KPIs are tracked and monitored. Providing analysis to ensure optimum ROIs are achieved.
  • Monitor uptime & downtime metrics
  • Oversee quality assurance tasks on budgets, schedules, plans, and personnel performance and reporting on the project's status.
  • Work with operations/organization teams through the implementation and post implementation of automation projects.
  • Validate automation design and initiate the necessary corrective actions with internal and vendor/integrator teams.
  • Follow-up on pending issues with vendors/integrators and ensure corrective actions are completed.
  • Responsible for working with vendors, project management, technology, strategy on multiple simultaneous projects including automation, system enhancement and cost saving initiatives.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize projects and delegate tasks appropriately.
  • Design automated equipment and solutions to improve manufacturing processes
  • Define areas where automation could improve production and efficiency
  • Provides technical support in relation to automated systems
  • Own the technology and process and centerline settings for the equipment and process
  • Designing new automation equipment or processes
  • Simulating and testing these processes or equipment to ensure they function as desired
  • Developing and maintaining clear and accurate documentation of automation equipment or processes
  • Able to develop and implement specialized IQ/OQ/PQ documents for automation equipment.
Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity.

The Individual
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field required
  • Preferred green belt
  • Preferred to be fluent in Spanish.
  • 30% travel depending on location.
  • Problem solver and mechanically inclined with strong PC skills.
  • Minimum 8 years experience in implementing automation projects
  • Broad knowledge of electrical controls engineering, including electrical codes
  • Experience with robotics, conveyors, sortation systems, and other automated material handling equipment
  • Strong sense of urgency and the ability to embrace and maximize a changing landscape
  • Extensive process knowledge, planning abilities, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Builds strong interpersonal relationships and motivates cross functional teams to operate in a cohesive manner
  • Quantitative expertise in conducting business analysis, utilizing economics, financial statements, and statistics
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and analytical skills
  • High speed assembly, manufacturing, and Automation experience. More than one area is preferred
  • Highly Collaborative: highly accountable and autonomous and naturally works well with the team to seek innovative solutions and can identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities to meet the company’s goals
  • Ability to build strong, positive rapport with associates in a team environment; ability to lead through personal example that communicates integrity, core values and consistency in decision-making
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment and to manage multiple projects/priorities to meet specific goals & deadlines
  • Project management: successfully completes projects in a timely fashion
  • Oral Communication: speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; demonstrates presentation skills
  • Written Communication: writes clearly and informatively; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information
  • Highly organized and process-oriented Experience with risk assessment, management, and contingency planning Microsoft Office Products high comfort level is a must. Including Excel and Project.
About Smiths

At Smiths we apply leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and deliver market-leading innovative solutions that meet our customers' evolving needs, and touch the lives of millions of people every day. We are a FTSE100, global business of around 23,000 colleagues, based in 55 countries. Our solutions have a real impact on lives across the planet, enabling industry, improving healthcare, enhancing security, advancing connectivity and supporting new homes. Our products and services are often critical to our customers’ operations, while our proprietary technology and high service levels help create competitive advantage. We welcome colleagues with a curious mind, who are happy with responsibility, enjoy a challenge and are attracted by the idea of working at a business with an almost 170 year history of innovation, and five global divisions, all experts in their field. 

About Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect is a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products that ensure high speed, secure connectivity of critical applications in the defence, aerospace, communications and industrial markets. Our microwave technology is used in radar, communication and surveillance systems that are mission-critical and operate in extreme environments in aerospace and defence. Our microwave components and connectors ensure optimal performance, durability and safety of space satellites. Our semi-conductor test products are used to test highly sophisticated semi-conductors and electronic circuits in communication systems, gaming products and computing devices. Our in-flight antenna systems give passengers internet connectivity gate-to-gate on planes around the world. Our connector and cable solutions ensure reliability of critical medical equipment, and safe operation of trains and transport systems.One of five divisions of Smiths Group, Smiths Interconnect employs over 2000 people. We have a global presence selling our products in over 50 countries with manufacturing facilities in nine countries and offices across North America, Europe and Asia.