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Controls Technician (Shelby Township)

Job Number:  60652
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  MPT Sterling Heights
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Sterling Heights, MICHIGAN, US, 48310

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Job Number: 60652 
Group: Magna Powertrain  
Division: MPT Sterling Heights 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 


Group Introduction

Advancing mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, and safer, while still fun to drive. And making it for everyone. That’s what we’re passionate about at Magna Powertrain. We do it by creating world-class powertrain solutions for conventional, hybrid, and pure electric vehicles. We’re making electrification more than a buzzword, we’re bringing it to the road. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.


Role Summary

Responsible for developing and maintaining automated and electrical systems.  Developing, trouble shoot and correcting problems 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. Trouble shoot 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 Robots, Transfer systems, stamping presses, assembly equipment, welding cells and other machinery and support structure.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze and improve performance of existing automated systems
  • Install/maintain and inspect control systems throughout the facility
  • Troubleshoot non-functioning components including servos, sensors, and control components
  • Ensure the calibration of all machines and maintenance after calibration
  • Run diagnostic checks and monitor automatic systems
  • 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.
  • Develop proactively 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
  • Improves equipment uptime and process reliability.
  • Ensured that all sensors and process relevant parameters are checked real time to ensure process compliance and processes are stopped when malfunctions are detected
  • Writes programs in a manner that sufficient information 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform Preventive Maintenance tasks and is involved in TPM
  • Completed required Work orders to improve and repair equipment
  • Develop a Maintenance program for control systems, programs and perform maintenance.
  • Performs and maintains backups
  • Provides leadership and direction to maintenance personal or operations teams with trouble shooting activities
  • 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.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

High School Diploma or GED required. Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the automotive manufacturing environment. Must have strong knowledge of PLC’s (Allen Bradley and Siemens) for troubleshooting. Knowledge of robotics (ABB and Fanuc). Must be able to interpret and design electrical schematics. Knowledge of AC and DC motors and variable speed controllers.  Knowledge of pneumatic components and pick and place devices.  Knowledge of pneumatic components and pick and place devices.  Knowledge of electrical 110/120/220/480.  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.

Must be able to obtain Hilo, Crane, and/or Aerial lift.

Additional Information

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 position.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.

Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of AS400. Proficiency of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Mechanical Skills: Must be comfortable with running and trouble-shooting machinery or has shown aptitude working on electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

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.

Problem Solving Skills:  Is able to conduct individually or in team settings structured problem solving. Understands and can apply 5 Why mythology, Skillful in 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.

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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