Controls Engineer

Website Magna International

Controls Engineer Job Highlights

Title Controls Engineer
Type Full Time
Experience 5 Years
Function Engineering/IT
Location Sterling Heights, MI, United States
Company Magna International

Company Profile

Magna International is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers and is dedicated to delivering mobility solutions. The company’s competitive capabilities include body exteriors and structures, power and vision technologies, seating systems, and complete vehicle solutions.

Job Profile

The company is seeking a Controls Engineer who will be responsible for designing, developing, and supervising all aspects of the plant’s electrical control systems, equipment, and machinery.

Responsible for the installation and technical support of PLC-based hardware and software.

Design, implement, and maintain processes that help manufacturers increase productivity.

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology Certification or 5 plus years of equivalent experience and education.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the automotive manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in HMI programming including but not limited to RS Logic Suite, FTView, and Siemens Programming Suite (required)


  • Analyze plant processes and help make improvements based on extensive knowledge of electronics, engineering, and mechanics.
  • Assists in the creation of and performs preventative and predictive maintenance activities as assigned.
  • Continually improve the PM program for control systems.
  • Create and maintain backup programs for all programs and software in both locations to prevent loss.
  • Create, verify, and maintain electrical control schematics and program documentation.
  • Creates programs to minimize and limit downtime.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out projects from beginning to end in coordination with internal and external resources
  • Design, develop, and improve new machine controls including CNC, robotics, transfer systems, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic, and vision systems.
  • Develop a Maintenance program for control systems, and programs and perform maintenance.
  • Ensures that all sensors, processes, and relevant parameters are checked in real-time to ensure process compliance and processes are stopped when malfunctions are detected.
  • Ensures that error-proofing devices are programmed to be checked in real-time and that processes are stopped when malfunctions are detected.
  • Proactively develops improvement suggestions to improve plant performance, equipment reliability, and uptime
  • Reads, modifies, and troubleshoots PLC programs (Allen-Bradley and Siemens preferred) using a laptop computer.
  • Repair of equipment as needed.
  • Responsible for planning and executing new installations, upgrades, and continuous improvements with internal and external resources to support our business goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting equipment and facility problems as they arise.
  • Support in defining of Statement of Requirements, specifications, and standards with respect to controls and programming portion for new and modified equipment.
  • Supporting implementation of Factory 4.0.
  • Work with Manufacturing or Quality to solve customer Quality issues
  • Writes programs in a manner that has sufficient information and is available to the operators so troubleshooting can be done by operators.
  • Writes programs in a manner that the process capabilities are maximized and equipment wear and tear is kept to a minimum possible.


  • Communication Skills: Active listening, Assertive communication, and has sufficient level of emotional intelligence.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of AS400. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend instructions in English and correspondence such as safety rules and operating instructions. Ability to document forms as required by the position.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
  • Mechanical Skills: Must be comfortable with running and troubleshooting machinery or has shown an aptitude for working on electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Is able to conduct individually or in team settings structured problem-solving. Understands and can apply 5 Why mythology, Skillful in the analysis of problems, research to identify root causes and find solutions, creativity to find robust and effective solutions to problems. Able to make decisions based on available information. Has sufficient technical knowledge to support effective problem-solving.
  • Reasoning Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Others Requirements

  • Knowledge of robotics (ABB and Fanuc) preferred.
  • Must be able to interpret and design electrical schematics.
  • Must be adaptable, striving to find creative solutions to problems as they arise. Working knowledge of OmniLinks and Wintress is preferred.
  • Must be continuous improvement-minded and must understand the “7 wastes” to write effective programs.
  • Must have the ability to multitask.
  • Must have knowledge of various networks such as Ethernet/IP, DH+, RIO, DeviceNet, ControlNet, and RS232.
  • Must have strong knowledge of PLCs (Allen Bradley and Siemens).

Employer’s Statement

Magna International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company hires on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity.

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