Automation Engineer

POSITION SCOPE/SUMMARY

The Process Automation Engineer acts as a technical resource and process control lead for automated assembly equipment for medical device applications and injection molding plastics automation solutions for medical molding.  This includes validation and sustaining engineering activities all automation equipment on site, lead capital improvement projects and qualifications for new automation solutions, process/efficiency/production improvements of existing manufacturing systems and operations and to implement technological advancements in daily and new manufacturing operations and systems.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Lead process control team(s) responsible for implementation of process control solutions to capture improvement opportunities.
  • Set aggressive project improvement goals, and plan, track and drive the implementation to achieve those goals.
  • Developing process control strategies for process technologies
  • Participate in project commissioning and startup activities and equipment validation.
  • Deliver the identified value, and meet the agreed upon project milestones
  • Coordinate with engineering and management team to design automation systems utilizing programs such as AutoCad or CATIA.
  • Evaluate, select and coordinate with outside vendors for the machining and fabrication of tooling and systems, monitoring the progress of automation systems and upgrades.
  • Provide standards and specifications for devices used to build assembly equipment ensuring compliance with all safety standards and customer requirements.
  • Design and build robot tooling and automation for in-house use.
  • Provide budgetary costs for assembly systems and upgrades.
  • Identify, cost justify, implement and manage new manufacturing systems and equipment to improve plant productivity
  • Must have comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of injection molding process, machines, robotics, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Must have experience in medical device molding and assembly, including knowledge of ISO 13485 standards, SPC, TQM, and GMP’s is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of molding automation and auxiliary equipment including robotics, control systems and material handing (raw material, WIP and Finished Product).
  • Strong multiple project management skills to include budgeting and cost justification and control.
  • Experience and knowledge in operation and maintenance of a classified Clean Room (GMP Procedures, HVAC, Data Acquisition, etc.)
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to take a systematic approach to process optimization and problem solving
  • Extensive hands-on experience with the entire injection molding process, should be familiar with machinery up to a press capacity of 400 tons
  • Periodic travel may be required to support facilities across the enterprise.
  • Performs all duties and directs others creating a safe working environment for our employees and our communities.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here and in the Engineering Career Matrix are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In addition, the individual must have a working knowledge of ISO and applicable customer and regulatory standards.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics or Mechanical Engineering/technical field with a focus on plastics processing and medical device assembly desirable.

EXPERIENCE

  • Position requires at least 5 years of experience in automation.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS

  • While performing the duties of this job, the Associate is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The Associate is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibrations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

It is impossible to list every requirement for, or responsibility of, any position.  Similarly, we cannot identify all the skills a position may require since job responsibilities and the Company’s needs may change over time.  Therefore, the above job description is not comprehensive or exhaustive.  The Company reserves the right to adjust, add to, or eliminate any aspect of the above description.  The Company also retains the right to require all employees to undertake additional or different job responsibilities when necessary to meet business needs.

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ABOUT VIANT

At Viant, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ healthcare solutions to market. We have facilities across the U.S. and around the world, including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Viant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Viant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.