Automation Controls Engineer

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Irvine, CA, United States

Phone: 949-465-0900
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Automation Controls Engineer


Irvine, CA 



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Job Description:

Job Summary:

Delivers timely and efficient controls engineering support of the development of automation methods in order to achieve company, customer, and performance and reliability objectives. Duties span production support, including troubleshooting and upgrading existing equipment to new equipment and implementation, and maintaining and implementing methods that align with FUTEK manufacturing strategies. Provides technical support and assistance to improve FUTEK products and their application in automated systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in system design, specification, programming, simulation, testing, implementation, and validation of automation methods
  • Prepare and maintain electrical and pneumatic/hydraulic schematics and diagrams
  • Prepare and maintain installation, troubleshooting, and user manuals
  • Develop and maintain predictive, preventative, and corrective maintenance efforts to ensure efficient, reliable, and uninterrupted operation of automated equipment
  • Develop and maintain programs for PLC, HMI, motor controls, and robotic systems
  • Provide technical support for troubleshooting and maintenance of FUTEK automation systems, and assist in root cause analysis of equipment failures
  • Support developing corporate standards of control system design, including but not limited to hardware, panel design, software, and HMI layout
  • Develop and maintain FUTEKs knowledge of regulatory and industry standards and implement appropriate actions for compliance
  • Participate in technical review and provide feedback, solutions, and recommendations to other departments, such as Sales, Technical Support, and Electrical Engineering
  • Develop and improve manufacturing systems and processes for efficient production of FUTEK products
  • Interface with a variety of personnel in support of production including operators, quality inspectors, machinists, engineers, and supervisors




  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, and problem solving ability
  • Self-motivation, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under fast paced development lifecycles
  • Experience with PLC, HMI, automation control systems and components
  • Experience with developing custom automated equipment/systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the operation, application, and troubleshooting of AC and DC motors, VFD, stepper/servo motors and controls
  • Familiarity with advanced test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, power monitoring devices, etc.
  • Experience with robotic systems
  • Experience with vision systems
  • Experience in troubleshooting control systems


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 3-5 years work experience in development of automated systems

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Work Environment:

The majority of this job is conducted in an office setting while utilizing standard office machinery. However, job requires frequent visits to the Production area where the employee may be frequently exposed to airborne particles, mild fumes and moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the office setting is considered low. The noise level in the Production area is considered moderate.

Physical Demands:

Requires regular, predictable, attendance and punctuality. Requires prolonged periods or sitting, occasional standing, stooping, bending and reaching and repetitive hand movements. Must have the ability to routinely lift objects up to 30 lbs. and occasionally lift objects above this weight with assistance. Requires eye-hand coordination and dexterity sufficient to hand solder and wire routing. Requires normal range of hearing and vision, including color vision. The ability to traverse two flights of stairs.

There is a possibility that due to parking availability and location of work, walking moderate to long distances may be requiredMust be mentally adaptable/flexible in dealing with a variety of people/situations. Must be able to analyze cause of interpersonal conflict and resolve complex issues in a positive and professional manner. Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes for this position. May be required to work outside of normal business hours, weekends and holidays.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

FUTEK is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

*FUTEK is an E-verify participant

*No visa sponsorship

*Drug Screen and Background check required of all final applicants