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Controls Engineer

Job Number:  12890
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Inc. - Bld1
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, AL, US, 35215





Job Number: 12890 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Inc. - Bld1 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Birmingham 




Group Description


Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


 KAMTEK is a premier Tier 1, automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in Class “A” Stamping, Assembly and High Pressure Die Casting that produces Body-side and Door Openings, Roofs, Floor Pans, Wheelhouses, Large Welded Assemblies, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Lift-gates, Aluminum Shock Towers, and Aluminum Rear Rails. Our capabilities include the manufacturing of Class “A” Body Panels along with Medium/Large Stampings, Large Assemblies and Aluminum Stampings and Assemblies, and Aluminum High Pressure Vacuum Die Casting to our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Mer­cedes Benz, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW and Freightliner. As a local distributor and supplier, Kamtek’ s market segmentation to Cosma International, (a division of MAGNA INTERNATIONAL) provides a “state-of-the-art” product that utilizes the most technologically advanced Pressing processes in order to maintain a competitive advantage to other OEM’s within the market. Our company’s culture of team spirit & mutual respect with a focus on fair treatment helps us to embrace our multi-cultural affiliation with Magna International, and supports our mission through process efficiency and competitive product pricing. Furthermore, the culture at Kamtek focuses on Job Security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment. We offer Employee Equity and Profit Participation programs which increase our employees’ ownership within the company. Kamtek, part of Cosma International and a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments - North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa). Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.


Role Summary

The Controls Engineer will provide support, leadership and direction to the Maintenance Technicians and perform controls function for the Assembly Maintenance Department.  The Controls Engineer will support and carry out the assignments and responsibilities given them by the area Manager.

Key Responsibilities

The Assembly Industrial Engineer works on compliance and Continual Improvement projects as it relates to Safety, Quality, Efficiency and Cost.  Implements Continual Improvement projects, leads teams in Ergonomics and Safety processes as well as improves Work, Walk and Wait opportunities.  Coordinates and plans flow improvements in material storage areas and streamlining all Non-Value Add activities.  Maintains and drives Continual Improvement activities for Assembly department with focus on Up-Front engineering design and day to day Lean Manufacturing process improvements.  Utilizes latest in technology and Best Practices to achieve World Class operating production systems.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  1. Provides technical support to Assembly Department for resolving controls related issues.
  2. Responsible in the Assembly Maintenance Department for Technical Training of all Maintenance Employees and the development of programs by conducting training classes, providing technical documentation, etc. (Specific to but not exclusive to Allen Bradley, RS Logix, Device Net controls systems and safety systems)
  3.  Ensure properly documented equipment breakdown/activity reports.
  4.  Work with Assembly Maintenance Department Supervisor to prioritize task to be done during non-production hours.
  5.  Ensure scheduled maintenance task are completed and on time.
  6.  Identify training needs for Maintenance Technicians.  Provide requirements to the Assembly Manager and training department.
  7.  Provide leadership and direction during equipment downtime situations. Make good judgment decisions on technical matters and interface effectively with production supervision.
  8.  Ensures Root Cause of downtime is properly investigated and addressed.
  9.  Being competent with computer office related software. (Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point, etc)
  10.  Robotics troubleshooting on robots.
  11.  Electrical circuit troubleshooting.
  12.  Pneumatic troubleshooting.

Additional Information

SKILL (Ability to do the job)

•Ability to achieve results using Industrial Engineering methods, Lean Manufacturing/TPS tools, and Six Sigma analysis.
•Understanding of production scheduling and inventory control
•Strong problem solving skills.
•Strong math skills and understanding of statistics.
•Ability to develop and maintain working models of computer-based evaluation tools.
•Proficient in AutoCAD 13 or higher.
•Advanced level of ability in MS Excel including the use of macros and other high level functions within Excel.
•Must be a self-starter, open minded and a team player.
•Basic understanding of 8D, FMEA, APQP and SPC.
•Basic understanding of standardized work and kaizen activity.





Some of the physical demands of this position include the ability to lift 20 pounds, standing and walking for extended periods of time, and occasional bending or stooping. 

EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or GED required,

Technical Associates Degree preferred or equivalent automated manufacturing experience required.  (Technical knowledge will be demonstrated through a technical assessment prior to hire, lateral move, or promotion.)

TECHNICAL TRAINING: Allen Bradley, RS Logix, and Device Net controls systems

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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