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Manufacturing Controls Engineer

Fort Madison, Iowa

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General Atomics pioneers technologies with the potential to change the world. Behind a talented global team of engineers, GA delivers safe, sustainable, and economical solutions to meet growing global demands. Our Engineers have an opportunity to work on first of a kind product lines within an incredible, dynamic environment.

Engineering positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience. Candidates from mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering backgrounds must know the fundamentals of engineering system developments, requirements, testing, and integration before getting to the final stages of customer interface and project management.

  • Schedule: Full-Time Salary

  • Job Level: Mid-Level (3-7 years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 11/15/2023 Job ID 43054BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Manufacturing Controls Engineer City Fort Madison State Iowa Workstyle Onsite Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary Salary Range $73,650 - $128,663

Job Summary
General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.
Cryotech Deicing Technology, a division of General Atomics, is a leader in the development and manufacturing of deicing products for aircraft, runways and other applications.

Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for creating, modifying, and troubleshooting programmable code in all our manufacturing process control systems. This person will be interfacing with Emerson DeltaV, PLC, and other 3rd party software platforms.

  • Troubleshoot existing code to keep equipment operational
  • Optimize control systems to provide most efficient and cost-efficient solutions
  • Specify control systems or additional control system equipment based on project requirements
  • Coordinate work with employees from other departments such as Operations, Maintenance, and Electrical
  • Ensures all licensing is up to date and responsible for software updates
  • Completes programming and implements efficiencies, performs testing and debugging.
  • Completes documentation and procedures for installation and maintenance.
  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI) development – operator screens creation
  • Plan for system maintenance – such as hardware upgrades, software upgrades, or control program uploads or downloads
  • Data collection creation and verification
  • Improve and implement system documentation for increased understanding of how the system works and is configured
  • Train electricians on troubleshooting of DCS and PLC systems
  • Maintain inventory of critical components for the control systems
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Expected to work outside of normal working hours to keep all plant operations on-line

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field and five years of related experience. May substitute equivalent machine learning engineer experience in lieu of education.
  • Must have a general understanding of machine learning concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance. (DeltaV, PLC- Allen-Bradley, Automation Direct, Schneider and MicroLogix is preferred)
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task in a manufacturing environment to keep the plant on-line
  • Strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to work extended hours as required.

Salary:$73,650 - $128,663
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No
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  • Healthcare

  • Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans

  • Competitive Pay

  • Multiple product lines means a variety of work

  • Paid Time Off

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