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Lead Controls Engineer


As a member of the GM Fairfax Central Engineering team, you will be responsible to support the following areas: Identify and evaluate changes that are applicable to GM Fairfax Engineering Department - Develop detailed action plans, engage stakeholders, and execute changes associated with Programs, Product Allocations, and internal plant changes. You will work independently with general direction.  This position involves a high level of perception and initiative to make sound decisions with significant ramifications.  You will act as a liaison between all GM Fairfax departments including GM Headquarters to resolve issues, and to provide support.


  • Provides technical support and direction to other dept and HQ controls engineers, IT and support personnel/skilled trades.
  • Investigates and root cause system and equipment problems and provides technical input on problem resolution.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Develop cost estimates, investment forecasts, business cases, appropriation requests and plans for project activity.
  • Coordinates with area manufacturing engineers on process and equipment planning, including model change, throughput, sourcing, etc.
  • Support GMS and Quality Network implementation initiatives • Utilizes statistical methods for continuous improvement on plant systems
  • Enforces safe work practices as the highest priority and implements objectives for ergonomics, health/safety and housekeeping
  • Maintains good working relationships with peers, hourly employees, union, management, supplier community and interfaces with necessary support functions outside of the assembly plant
  • Develops and monitors planning timetables and projects schedules
  • Coordinates and communicates the development of changes to improve conditions for the assembly process
  • Programming of manufacturing technology
  • Analyzes product, process and technology to determine the best methods of manufacture
  • Assists in the design and building of tools and equipment or recommends improvements to existing processes
  • Assists maintenance personnel in operation and maintenance of specialized equipment


  • Intimate knowledge of automotive tooling and manufacturing assembly processes.
  • Broad industrial controls and automation knowledge as it relates to automotive assembly plant.
  • Advanced project management skills.
  • Highly organized  
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to adhere to strict schedules and budgets
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Hold themselves and others accountable for demonstrating GMs values and cultural behaviors. Models GM behaviors and creates a winning culture
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with varying levels of the organization as needed
  • Oral and written communication skills with the ability to distill complex subjects to a wider audience
  • Highly motivated
  • Must be willing to work any shift and extended hours from time to time;
  • Must be willing to work daily and weekend overtime when needed
  • Maintains proficiency in their field

Education and Proficiencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university.

  • Proficient in Rockwell Contrologix platform and RSLogix 5000.
  • Prefer knowledge of Rockwell PLC5 and RS Logix 500.
  • Proficient in Rockwell EtherNET IP architecture and configuration
  • Proficient in Rockwell DeviceNET architecture and configuration
  • Proficient Rockwell HMI experience development (Panelview, Panelview Plus)
  • VFD experience (PowerFlex 700, 755, ArmourStarts, MoviMOT,)
  • Knowledge of ANDON and error proofing systems as it relates to General Motors systems
  • Knowledge of power and free, COE, skid, SKUK and power roll based conveyor systems – mechanically, pneumatically, electrically and controls;
  • Knowledge of process controls as it relates to fluid fills (brake, radiator, fuel, etc)
  • Proficient with AutoCad
  • Proficient with basic electrical standards, NEC Code. GM standards
  • Proficient with safety standards; lockout, ESWP, safety assessments, buyoff processes, GM standard safety protocols.

Additional Description

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

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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