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Controls Engineer

Job Number:  18268
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  Lansing
Job Type:  Contractor/Temporary Worker

Lansing, MI, US, 48917

Group Introduction


Transforming mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, safer and lighter. That’s what we’re passionate about at Magna Powertrain, and we do it by creating world-class powertrain systems. We are a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in design, development, testing and manufacturing of complex powertrain systems. Our name stands for quality, environmental consciousness, and safety. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.


Role Summary

The Controls Engineer is in charge of all SW related items pertaining to Manufacturing Engineering. This includes production support, trouble shooting, equipment definition and launch as well as continuous improvement activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define, support and assist in the maintenance of advanced equipment such as:
  • Laser sensors, LVDTs, vision systems, force / distance monitoring equipment, servo presses etc.
  • Responsible for all health & safety related issues in regards to new equipment being purchased
  • Resolve manufacturing/production/engineering issues
  • Investigate new technologies and current processes to maintain a competitive advantage
  • Commitment to quality and a safe and healthful work environment for all employees
  • Support production through equipment and software repairs and improvements
  • Process improvements to support Lansing’s ergonomic, safety, and lean initiatives 
  • Support new business quotes: define process including lean initiatives, establish equipment requirements, and define cycle time and manpower requirements
  • Work with the corporate AME team to define SORs for new equipment, participate in tech reviews and sourcing activities for new equipment as well as co-operate with AME during the launch phase of additional machines etc.
  • Document all activities as required
  • Adhere to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety
  • Any additional responsibilities deemed necessary by management
  • Co-operate with Operations in the creation and maintenance of Standardized Work Documentation.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for the performance of this position.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.


Key Qualifications/Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Electrical, Software or Computer Science degree preferable
  • Competent decision making and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in PLC programming is required
  • Functional understanding of Rockwell FactoryTalk Networks
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment
  • Understanding in machining and assembly process
  • Able to work under extreme pressure


  • Experience with High Level Programming Languages (C+, C#, VB.Net)
  • Working knowledge of Web interface programming (HTML/CSS & PHP)
  • Solid understanding of relational DB’s (MSSQL, Access)
  • Knowledge of OPC protocals and Kepware setup and maintenance.

Additional Information

            Work environment

            Office environment, with frequent visits to shop floor.


            Physical Demands

Normal sitting and standing, average mobility to move around an office and plant environment, able to conduct normal amount of work on a computer.




Perform office duties in a manner which is consistent with good ergonomic practice, so as to minimize the risk of repetitive strain injury.  When in the manufacturing area to do layered audits or any other purpose, follow all plant safety rules and always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) where required.

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Nearest Major Market: Lansing

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