Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

  • Automation & Controls Manager

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/5/2018 2:52 PM)
  • Overview

    The Automation and Controls Manager will be a key member of the Technical Services organization and will help provide leadership to enhance organizational capability through training, mentorship and operational support. This individual will help drive a cross functional high-performance work team, including internal resources and external vendors / consultants to deliver operational and project support to our manufacturing facility. They will also lead implementation support for company process control applications, process data collection systems, Manufacturing Execution Systems while also working closely with Operations management to establish priorities, resolve technical problems. In addition they will develop detailed project plans and execute projects on time, in scope and budget that support operations goals and improve operational capability.


    • Develop, plan and implement information and operations technology systems, including network infrastructure, controls and automation systems, and integration of existing and new technologies
    • Provide leadership in knowledge transfer and implementation of approved standards and practices for PLC and IT systems.
    • In troubleshooting and root cause analysis to effectively resolve issues and deliver sustainable solutions while enhancing resource capability
    • Provide project management support including requirements gathering, project development, vendor management, proposal development and review, effective planning and execution, on time, in scope and budget
    • Provide leadership and management of staff in the respective areas to include all supervision, performance management, career development, and all other personnel related functions
    • Produce reliable automation solutions to meet business needs including electrical panel design, device selection, flow charts, project schedules, scope of work, and cost estimates
    • Maintain all Automation related programs and documentation including PLC programs, HMI programs, and electrical ladder diagrams, P&IDs, pin charts, sequence of operations, etc.
    • Maintain all automation programming software for the facility
    • Other duties as assigned


    • BS in Engineering (preferably in Electrical Engineering)
    • 4+ years of experience working in the automation engineering field
    • Advanced knowledge of PLC system design/programming specifically focused Siemens PLC.
    • Extensive knowledge of Electrical/Electronic basics, Power Distribution, Sensors/Detectors, PLC & Industrial Computers, Motion Control, Vision, HMI/SCADA/MES Information Systems, SQL databases
    • Good familiarity with programming languages: Ladder Logic, SFC,,, SQL Queries
    • Familiarity with Common Industry Standards & Practices in Control & Automation (IEC61131, ISA-S88, ISA-S95, OPC, OEE, Lean Manufacturing
    • Very Good communication skills, Project management ability and strong attention to detail
    • 1+ year of experience with PLC, .net, Siemens S7 PLC.
    • Knowledge of controlled drive engineering, or multi-axis positioning.
    • Familiarity with automation technology, e.g. conveyors, automated cranes, packaging technology.
    • Knowledge of bus systems, e.g. Ethernet, ASI, Profibus
    • Experience with AUTOCAD or E-Plan is a plus.


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