Controls Engineer

Website Exide Technologies


Manchester, Iowa

Controls Engineer
# Positions: 1

Self-Starter with excellent problem solving, communication and project management skills. Must be able to effectively direct, coordinate and exercise functional authority for planning, control and timely completion of assigned engineering project within area of responsibility by performing duties personally or through subordinate supervision. Project emphasis placed on safety, budgeting, work quality and quantity and team teamwork. Work effectively with all departments to establish operational efficiency of production equipment, which relate to elimination of recurring equipment issues, continuous improvement, equipment modular quick change and setup reduction. Supports continuous improvements through lean initiatives, automation, modification of existing equipment and processes along with new equipment development.


To perform this job successfully and individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.


Responsible for producing control systems and application programs that are safe, logical, and functional according to the defined scope of work.

Provide controls engineering support to the Oxide, Metals, Pasting, Assembly, Formation, and Distribution Center as required.

Analyze engineering sketches, specifications, and related data and drawings to determine design factors.

Provide technical support for troubleshooting, maintaining and upgrading Programmable Logic Controllers and automated processes.

Review product design for compliance with engineering lean principles, company standards, and customer contract requirements, and related specifications.

Coordinate activities concerned with technical developments (automation), scheduling, and resolving engineering design and test problems.

Direct integration of technical activities and products.

Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications, and drawing releases as required.

Control expenditures within limitations of project budgets.

Prepare interim and completion project reports.

Use computer assisted design/drafting equipment and software to develop designs.

Ensure compliance with all local, state, and Federal OHSA, EPA, and Employment laws.

Review and comply with Quality Initiatives and ISO/TS: 16949 procedures.

Will be required to conduct training classes with Technicians to improve our support staff.

Follow Lean manufacturing procedures.

Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the Engineering Manager


Note: This is a hands-on job. Person will be required to work on assigned projects to completion.


Education, Experience, Skills Required:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering preferred, or strong experience with PLC in a manufacturing environment
  • Five (5) years experience in automation design with electronic circuit technology (analog, digital and/or high voltage design) and Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Knowledge required in design, repair and analysis of machinery, electronics systems, programmable logic controllers, analog circuit and simulation tools.

Must have:

  • Ability to troubleshoot PLC’s at the code level and troubleshoot equipment and wiring.
  • Willing to provide support off shift and/or on weekends to support 24 hour plant operations, as needed.
  • Understanding of and experience with power distribution and associated equipment (120V, 208V, 230V, 240V, 277V, 480V, 4160V) is preferred.

Experience with:

  • AB (Allen Bradley) Control Logix, PLC5, SLC; Panelviews; Panelview Plus’; C-More
  • Serial, RIO, DH+, Ethernet, ControlNet and DeviceNet Communications
  • Knowledge of computers, servers and Windows Operating Systems
  • VFDs; Load Cells; Metering Feeders; Control Valves, Level, Pressure, Temperature, Flow, Position, Presence devices and other common field devices.
  • Fanuc, AMB, kawasaki robots are preferred

Physical Requirements:

General walking, bending, lifting, and climbing to access workstations and related equipment and processes. Work environment: General Office, Fabrication Shop, and Production Floor.


Equipment Used:

Must possess required computer skills to properly and effectively perform job. Computer skills that will be required relate to Microsoft office programs i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point and project management. Other computer skills required to properly and successfully complete assigned tasks.




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