Champion Homes
  • Troy, MI, USA
  • Full Time

401k plan with company match, paid vacation, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

Job Title: Controls/Robotics Engineer, of Manufacturing Technology

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Vice President, of Manufacturing Technology

As a Controls Engineer, you will perform Controls Engineering and validation of complex automation machinery through review, design, support, communication and execution of control systems. Successfully manage multiple application projects as a Controls Engineer with strong knowledge in robot applications. Functional experience with PLC Programs, HMI's, Networking, robotics, and networking. Ability to design and debug complex machinery applications. Functional experience working with engineering design projects and machine startup and test systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop new machinery, and hardware used for the control and monitoring of automated manufacturing equipment. This includes but is not limited to PLCs, robots, safety, HMIs, SCADA, network, vision and motion control.
  • Support plant equipment startup and debug by working with third party system integrators.
  • Develop request for proposals to include control reliable secure architectures.
  • Communicate with suppliers and guide their controls engineering departments on detailed implementations.
  • Perform Factory and Site Acceptance testing to validate equipment controls systems functionality.
  • Perform onsite training for operational personnel.
  • Support multiple plants to resolve complex controls failures and drive to long term resolution with supplier.
  • Determine ways to take full advantage of new controls technologies to design world-class automation controls standards that minimize development time, commissioning time, and unplanned downtime.
  • Write and own the standards, specifications, and procedures that must be followed both internally and by external vendors designing manufacturing equipment for Champion.
  • Build out libraries of modular code and templates that will be used as the building blocks for Champion manufacturing equipment across the entire company.
  • Create tools to automate various steps in the development and deployment process such as scripts for auto-generating PLC code or HMI screens.
  • Design network topology that optimize the equipment for remote accessibility, diagnostics, backups, data collection, and cybersecurity.
  • Architect, write, and debug PLCs using Ladder Logic and/or Structured Text with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable.
  • Generate user HMI and SCADA screens that are user-friendly, intuitive and suitable for operating and troubleshooting equipment.
  • Specify (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Design the interfaces for interaction between the manufacturing equipment and supervisory level systems such as the factories Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
  • Validate these internally developed standards and tools on production-representative lab equipment and virtual simulations to ensure high quality and robust behavior.


  • S. in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, or equivalent
  • 4+ years of manufacturing or relevant experience (new line launches a plus)
  • Familiarity with common controls hardware components used in high volume manufacturing.
  • Hands-on experience integrating high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • In-depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA).
  • In-depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric Code, UL508A)
  • Experience developing electrical schematics using EPLAN, AutoCAD Electrical, or similar.
  • In depth knowledge of the configuration, performance, and limitations of industrial PLCs
  • Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment using various IEC 61131-3 languages.
  • Experience developing company standards and resuable code for programming Allen Bradley PLCs.
  • Experience developing company standards and reusable templates for equipment HMIs using FactoryTalk View, Ignition, Studio 5000 Logix, HMI, and other AB products.
  • Experience programming industrial 6-axis robots such as Fanuc, Kawasaki, ABB, Kuka, etc. is preferred.
  • Experience designing topologies for and troubleshooting common fieldbus networks such as Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, or Profinet.
  • Knowledge of communications between machine PLCs and database systems
  • Experience interfacing manufacturing equipment with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time during critical launch phase.
  • Functional safety knowledge is a plus.

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, traverse stairs, stoop and bend. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Champion Home Builders is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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