Senior Engineer, Manufacturing Automation

Are you a forward-thinking engineer who thrives on tackling complex challenges with practical and innovative solutions? If you're seeking a technical role that enables you to drive the evolution of our industry-leading manufacturing technologies, we have an opportunity tailor-made for your expertise. 


As the Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer, you’ll be involved in the end-to-end journey of automation projects for Oatey’s family of companies – from creative ideation and meticulous scoping to hands-on implementation and deployment on the production floor. This role is multi-faceted with a broad scope and autonomy to make key mechanical, electrical and programmatic design decisions. 


The successful candidate has a proactive, solution-oriented mindset with a commitment to deliver business results. The ability to set priorities in a dynamic and collaborative environment, while driving projects to completion within tight deadlines, is essential. Strong technical communication skills are also required, such as effectively articulating system concepts with the design team and updating leadership on project status and objectives.  


Ready to make an impact in a place where you matter? Come grow your career with Oatey!  

Position Summary

The Senior Engineer, Manufacturing Automation is primarily responsible for developing complex, custom manufacturing automation projects for the Oatey family of companies and creating innovative solutions to tackle automation challenges across our facilities. As the controls technical expert on a small team of creative engineers, is responsible for the fabrication, programming, and debugging of the control systems for complex automation projects.

Position Responsibilities

  • Designs and builds automated work cells, including concept development and review, detailed mechanical and electrical design, component selection and control software programming.
  • Troubleshoots and deploys built projects to the production floor.
  • Provides direction to less experienced team members and trains new staff on machine operation procedures.
  • Leads and oversees project management for deployment of complex automated systems and ensuring it delivers the expected results on time and within budget.
  • Develops and maintains clear and accurate documentation of automation equipment and processes.          
  • Analyzes short and long-term needs for equipment.
  • Develops manufacturing cost estimates to support design activities.
  • Estimates costs and ROI on custom and purchased automation systems.
  • Travels to other sites to implement automation.

Required Experience and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 5+ years’ experience developing industrial automation
  • Experience developing and managing electrical schematics
  • Able to learn and master new technologies with little or no guidance
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot equipment problems and perform complex system tests
  • Fundamental knowledge of electrical and pneumatic system design
  • Thorough understanding of PLC control, including ladder logic, servo control, and robotics.
  • Thorough understanding of electro-mechanical measurement systems including distance, proximity, and thermal devices
  • Thorough understanding of electro-mechanical actuators, including servo, pneumatic, and VFD
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Knowledge of ISO9001 and LEAN methodology
  • Excellent mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to communicate well to other members of the development team
  • Proficiency in CAD Software
  • PLC Programming proficiency
  • Conceptual understanding of CNC machining
  • Understanding of operations/manufacturing environment
  • Ability and willingness to train others
  • Ability to travel domestically (up to 10%)

Preferred Experience and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient in manual machining and fabrication a plus
  • Proficiency in Solidworks preferred
  • Experience with flexible materials processing a plus
  • Allen Bradley proficiency preferred

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience

Oatey Total Rewards

  • Competitive pay based on experience and merit with added pay for working 2nd or 3rd shift  
  • Annual Cash Profit Sharing (discretionary)
  • Health Insurance for our associates’ averages $100 or less a month (single coverage)
  • Generous benefits including up to $2,700 company contribution to Health Savings Account
  • 401(k) with a 5% company match
  • Tuition reimbursement in an environment that encourages advancement
  • Associate well-being benefits including CALM App and mental health therapy options
  • Recognized for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Why Oatey?

  • At Oatey, our purpose has always been to deliver quality, build trust and improve lives.
  • We value Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Leadership, and Excellence above all else.
  • We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion - acknowledging, valuing, and leveraging the unique experiences and perspectives of our associates.
  • Our vision is to continue to grow as a market leader, to enrich the lives of our Associates, and, to foster an inclusive environment in every regard.
  • Our purpose, mission, and vision are not possible without the right people, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive, engaging, and rewarding environment for our Associates.
  • Oatey has a total rewards philosophy which encompasses compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness, recognition, performance management, tuition reimbursement, mental health wellness, and talent development.

At Oatey we are committed to help our Associates grow their career. Apply today and grow with Oatey!