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Controls Engineer

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Dayton, OH

Controls Engineer


Job Description

We have an immediate opportunity on first shift for a direct hire Controls Engineer with a great organization!


GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB: Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Controls Engineer is responsible to focus on satisfying all production and customer requirements of molded parts. Create, develop, design, manufacture, assist, install and maintain all production processes and equipment as it relates to the processing of plastic automotive components. Support of production both in-house and at outside suppliers.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following; other duties may be assigned.

  • Troubleshoot product, process, tooling and equipment problems in forming and secondary operations as required
  • Create and/or maintain process and equipment operating procedures and work instructions as required for safe and efficient operation, and to comply with Hematite Quality Systems requirements.
  • Monitor signals in ladder logic during downtime events to help isolate software/hardware that may need replacement.
  • Monitor part and shift performance - daily, weekly, monthly and develop and/or lead activity to make improvements in cost, quality, productivity
  • Develop and coordinate process flow, tooling, process, and equipment changes in support of product launch, engineering changes and process improvements
  • Develop processes/steps/work flow/layouts for manufacturing or assembly
  • Provide training as required to implement and maintain technical processes and procedures.
  • Identify and/or initiate qualifying SRED activity and maintain SRED documentation.
  • Work with maintenance personnel and associates at all technical levels across disciplines as required.
  • Obtain quotes from vendors for tooling and equipment
  • Program, troubleshoot and optimize robotic waterjet trim processes


  • Analysis of statistical data and performance metrics to formulate root cause and problem solution of technical processes
  • Practical knowledge of manufacturing processes and equipment, materials, tooling, presses, pneumatics, hydraulics, controls
  • Technical aptitude in
    • Process design
    • Hands on mechanical work
    • Robotic programming of multi robot cells
    • Excellent knowledge of Allen Bradley PLC programming and ladder logic.
  • Ability to create novel solutions to problems
  • Knowledge of automotive quality systems and experience in new program launch an asset – TS16949/ISO14001, APQP, DFMEA, PFMEA
  • Hands on experience with plastics processing (compression molding, vacuum forming, injection, or extrusion)
  • Hands on experience with custom assembly equipment using PLC, sensors, pneumatics, etc.


  • Mechanical, Industrial, Electronic, or Manufacturing Engineering degree or equivalent
  • Experience in plastics processing (preferably thermoforming and/or Compression molding)
  • Excellent mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; to stand; to walk and to use hands to touch, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.


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PDSI Technical Services is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, military service or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, consideration of employment staffing submissions are based on demonstrated skills, qualifications, work experience, expertise and expectations meeting the position requirements as specified by the client, including compensation