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Controls Engineer 2nd Shift (Shelby Township)

Job Number:  66760
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  MPT Sterling Heights
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Shelby Township, MICHIGAN, US, 48316

Work Style: 



Job Number: 66760 
Group: Magna Powertrain  
Division: MPT Sterling Heights 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Work Style:  


About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

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.


About the Role

  • The Controls Engineer is responsible for designing, developing, and supervising all aspects of the plant electrical control systems, equipment, and machinery. Responsible for the installation and technical support of PLC-based hardware and software. The goal is to ensure that the plant is running smoothly and efficiently while also meeting quality and safety standards. The Controls Engineer design, implement and maintain processes that help manufacturers increase productivity.
  • Writes and improves control programs to support operations achieving required cycle times, down time in a safe operations mode. Works with internal and external resources to understand all requirements to ensure all project needs are met. Develops suggestions for improvements, assembles cost and timing information for projects. Implements changes and improvement following the change management system. The scope of equipment includes CNC machines, Robots, Transfer systems, stamping presses, assembly equipment, welding cells and other machinery and support structure.

Your Responsibilities

  • Responsible to plan and execute new installations, upgrades and continuous improvements with internal and external resources to support our business goals and objectives. Reads, modifies, and troubleshoots PLC programs (Allen-Bradley and Siemens preferred) using laptop computer. Work with Manufacturing and/or Quality to solve customer Quality issues. Analyze plant processes and help make improvements based on extensive knowledge of electronics, engineering, and mechanics.
  • Proactively develops improvement suggestions to improve plant performance, equipment reliability and uptime. Creates programs to minimize and limit down time. Ensures that error proofing devices are programmed to be checked real time and processes are stopped when malfunctions are detected. 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.
  • Writes programs in a manner that has sufficient information and is available to the operators so trouble shooting can be done by operators. Writes programs in a manner that the process capabilities are maximize and equipment wear and tear is kept to a minimum possible. Supporting implementation of Factory 4.0. Create, verify, and maintain electrical control schematics and program documentation.
  • Create and maintain backup programs for all programs and software in both locations to prevent loss. Design, develop and improve new machine controls including CNC, robotics, transfer systems, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic, and vision systems.  Responsible to trouble shoot equipment and facility problems as they arise.
  • Support in defining of Statement of Requirements, specifications and standards in respect to controls and programming portion for new and modified equipment. Assists in creation of and performs preventative and predictive maintenance activities as assigned. Repair of equipment as needed. Develop a Maintenance program for control systems, programs and perform maintenance.
  • Continually improve the PM program for control systems. Ensure that company policies and procedures are adhered to including IATF 16949, Mafact, ISO14001 (EMS), and Employee Handbook.  Demonstrated ability to carry out projects from beginning to end in coordination with internal and external resources. Able to work in teams as well as independently on work assignments. Follows MIOSHA, Magna and MPTSH safety regulations and policies, including wearing required P.P.E. (Personal Protective Equipment).  Reports unsafe conditions to Supervisor/Leader.

Who we are looking for

Your preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology certification or 5 plus years of equivalent experience and education. Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the automotive manufacturing environment. Must have strong knowledge of PLC’s (Allen Bradley and Siemens). Knowledge of robotics (ABB and Fanuc) preferred. Experience of HMI programming including but not limited to: RS Logic Suite, FTView, and Siemens Programming Suite required. Must have knowledge of various networks such as Ethernet/IP, DH+, RIO, DeviceNet, ControlNet, and RS232. Must be able to interpret and design electrical schematics. Must be continuous improvement minded and must understand the “7 wastes” to write effective programs. Must have ability to multitask. Must be adaptable, striving to find creative solutions to problems as they arise. Working knowledge of OmniLinks and Wintress preferred

What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.

Site Benefits

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire 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. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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