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Controls Engineer - MFE0003603

Kansas City, Kansas, US

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General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) is a globally renowned mobility technology company with roots tracing back to 1908. Today, with 215,000+ employees spread across 396 facilities in more than 100 countries around the globe, GM offers exciting careers designing, engineering and building some of the world’s most advanced vehicles and personal mobility solutions.

At the new General Motors, we are passionate about designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles.  This vision unites us as a team each and every day and is the hallmark of our customer-driven culture.  Making the world’s best vehicles can only happen with the world’s greatest employees. GM is in the process of reinventing our industry with innovative products like the Chevy Volt and OnStar.

Our culture is centered on being Made For More. It’s a concept reflecting our constant pursuit and confident expectation for more out of life—for our company, for our planet, for our customers, and for ourselves. Because our work goes beyond making cars; it’s about allowing people greater access to and more meaningful interactions with the world around them. From designing and engineering state-of-the-art plants and developing new vehicles and technologies to creating new marketing programs, our team members are valued for their unique contributions.  We are seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in one of the world’s most iconic companies.

As state-of-the-art technologies continue to transform the automotive industry, GM is committed to maintaining its position as an industry leader and establishing its innovative vision for the future of transportation. Learn more at

Mission: Design, build and sell the world's best vehicles.

The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant has been producing World Class Quality vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1945. Fairfax Assembly was the first industrial facility to operate as a dual purpose manufacturer producing both automobiles and jet fighters in the same building. The present facility, constructed in 1985, has received numerous awards, including North American Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Malibu, as well as earning a top safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and J.D. Power recognition in multiple categories. In addition to the industry awards, the plant has received several capital investments, helping to make it the largest employer in the Kansas City Metro area.  The plant workforce is represented by UAW Local 31 and currently manufactures the All-New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Fairfax Assembly operates on three shifts and produces one vehicle every 58 seconds. Since 1945, more than 12 million vehicles have been built at Fairfax.

This position is for a Controls Engineer at the Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, KS.  Candidates must be capable of performing in a highly technical Global Controls environment and assignments may include working in Plant Engineering, Body Shop, Paint Shop, or General Assembly depending upon individual strengths and capabilities. 
Responsibilities of this position include Technical Support Activities such as:
  • Controls modifications and continuous improvement (TIPS)
  • Process Controls Management (i.e. Paint, Sealer, error proofing)
  • Production Guidance (technical troubleshooting and direction)
  • Planning Activities
  • Launch Activities
  • Maintenance Supervision (directing of hourly trades to perform work as necessary)
Basic Required
  • High level of analytical ability and creativity where problems are unusual and difficult
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
  • Strong work ethic (self-starter, responsible, follow through on assignments)
  • Appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with business partners to meet mutual goals required
  • Understanding of manufacturing and tooling processes required
  • Comfortable with technology tools (PCs, Microsoft Office)
  • Flexibility (work hours, rotating shifts, moving quickly from one assignment to another as priorities change)
Basic Preferred
  • PLC-based automation control systems, particularly Rockwell/AB PLCs
  • Robot automation, particularly Fanuc
  • Vision Systems
  • Automated welding and adhesive/sealing dispense
  • Machine control HMI's/ user interface
  • Drives / Motion control
  • Conveyance technologies
  • Industrial networking
  • Autocad
  • MS Office proficiency
  •  Fanuc Robotics (P500, S500, P200, etc…)
  •  Vision Systems (ISRA, DVT)
  • Dispense Tool/Paint Tool Programming/Weld Spot Tool
  • SCA Schucker Sealer Systems
  • Behr/Duhr Bell Spray Applications
  • Laser Welding Applications
  • Weld Controls (Medar, WTC, SQ D)
  • Global Error Proofing (GEP)
  • Siemens HMI's
  • Wireless Applications (RF Tags, EPS)
  • UD & C /MASS
  • Drives (MoviMot, AB Powerflex, AB Multi Versions)
  • PFS Applications (Cimplicity, PM & C, AMTK, PR & T)
  • Knowledge of computer software as it pertains to engineering preferred
  • Master’s degree in Engineering preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience
The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

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