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Automation Support Engineer

Whitestown, Indiana Contract Job ID: 1910098146
Estimated Duration: 12 months


- Work collaboratively with design engineers and production leaders to ensure automated lines run in a safe, efficient manner and at a rate adequate to meet output goals.
- Be very hands-on in the deployment, integration, testing, and ongoing support of automated equipment (industrial robots, AS/RS systems, PLCs, conveyors) and assist design engineers with the fabrication and construction of custom-built systems.
- On a team with other engineers and with technicians, provide technical expertise and leadership in troubleshooting of issues and the deployment of solutions.
- Develop and improve equipment validation procedures including calibration, qualification, and adjustments as necessary.
- Become a subject matter expert on systems and drive process improvement including troubleshooting of mechanical, electrical, and controls components in the pursuit of the root cause(s) of failures.
- Identify critical spare parts and ensure sufficient availability to prevent extended downtime.
- Execute preventative, predictive, and conditions-based maintenance procedures as appropriate; ensure that detailed documentation and records are maintained.
- Provide technical support for projects at other sites as necessary to ensure successful implementation.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial fields are preferred, but other fields may also be considered.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a highly automated production or distribution environment.
- Experience with PLC programming and troubleshooting (Allen-Bradley).
- Experience in an engineering role related to system support or maintenance.
- Strong computer skills, especially related to design and data analysis.
- Outstanding oral and written communications skills. Ability to interact with team members at all levels in a professional manner, advocate for change, and seek resolution to issues that arise.
- Ability to quickly troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, controls, and software issues related to complex automated systems.
- Proficiency in interpreting electrical and mechanical plans and drawings.
- Previous experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).
- Manual dexterity and the ability to stand, lift, carry, and climb frequently or for extended periods. Willingness to be physically involved with support activities.
- Willingness and ability to occasionally travel to assist with projects at other sites as business needs require.

Desired Skills and Experience:
- 5 or more years of experience in supporting or designing automated systems.
- Demonstrated ability in a computer programming language and data base management system (DBMS).
- Demonstrated ability with SolidWorks.
- Knowledge of, or experience with, structured problem-solving or continuous improvement methodologies (FMEA, Six Sigma, Lean, etc.).
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PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

PDS specializes in Engineering and IT arenas including Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, Telecommunications, Automotive, and Energy just to name a few. Our reputation, track record, and years of continuous growth reflect the commitment to quality that our employees and clients experience first-hand. To find out more about PDS, please visit

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