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Controls Engineering Shift Lead - Grand Rapids, MI


Responsibilities Include: (but not all inclusive)

  • Lead and manage a team of other engineers, including project/task assignments, performance reviews and feedback, manpower scheduling, and prioritizing the career development of the employees you lead
  • Continuously demonstrate and comply with the GM Leadership behaviors
  • Co-champion the PS18 Design-In Safety Performance Standard for the location
  • Specification, design, estimation, hardware/software integration, installation, commissioning, troubleshooting, cost control and documentation of automation/machine control systems
  • Provide direction and oversight of outside suppliers
  • Develop/test of advanced process technology

Additional Description

Basic Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of experience as a controls engineer or automation engineer
  • Strong technical knowledge of electrical/control systems and the ability to apply these concepts within a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of mechanical concepts involving machine designs, process requirements involved in the manufacturing process
  • Ability to assist in all aspects of improvement projects relating to machine controls, vision and automation systems within the manufacturing areas
  • Experienced in PLC and HMI programming and Ethernet Networks
  • Knowledge of servo motors, motion control, motor drives, and vision inspection systems
  • Knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems relative to automation/machine control
  • Demonstrated ability to manage challenging projects and assignments with high level of autonomy and accountability for results
  • Demonstrates initiative by reaching beyond work assigned to improve output and/or help others
  • Proficiency in interpretation of blue prints, engineering drawings, and wiring diagrams
  • Some travel may be required (5%)

Basic Preferred:

  • Fanuc IR Vision machine vision products
  • Experience with Cognex / Dalsa systems
  • Specification of engineering requirements for PLC controllers & HMI’s requiring integration to machine vision systems
  • Prior work experience as a controls engineer in automotive manufacturing
  • Prior leadership experience
  • Knowledge of GM’s global controls architecture
  • Completion of multiple engineering projects with successful individual achievements or strong team-based achievements
  • Experience in controls relating to high power welding
  • Experience in controls relating to NVH testing
  • Master’s degree in engineering or Business Management

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Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

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