Controls Engineer

Controls Engineer

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Ontario/California, United States of America.
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About Vanderlande  

As a subsidiary of Toyota Industries (TICO), Vanderlande North America is enjoying rapid growth and extraordinary market demand. Vanderlande is a global market leader in material handling system manufacturing, design, installation, and service. Vanderlande systems employ the latest in robotic, mechanical, and software technology. Vanderlande’s customers are household names in e-commerce, package delivery, and air transportation. 


We are currently looking for an OT Controls support engineer that will support Vanderlande’s site-based service team at our customer’s facility in Ontario, CA. 


Position Summary 

AS an OT Controls Support Engineer, you will be working as part of the Vanderlande North America Service organization directly supporting our resident service team to ensure the successful delivery of day-to-day operations. Your role will be to act as the lead OT engineer onsite for operational technologies and will guide the service team through issue triage, diagnosis and resolution.  


Essential Functions (Job Duties and Responsibilities): 

  • Support of the Service Team and Electrical Controls Engineer to minimize potential problems 

  • Work with the Customer and site team during an Incident for Vanderlande supported material handling solutions 

  • Able to diagnose, and rectify OT, Low Level Control and PLC faults within tight deadlines 

  • Work to process and escalate as required 

  • Write up incident summaries and provide reports as and when required 

  • Involved in support and commissioning of Material Handling Projects at the site. 

  • Work closely with clients and subcontractors 

  • Communicate closely with other groups within Vanderlande Industries and project team (i.e., mechanical engineering, project management, supply chain, sales/proposal department and installation) 

  • Work on quotation bids with the systems and sales department on new projects and/or on project changes 

  • Monitor hardware and software performances 

  • Solve problems 

  • Maintain and archive releases, versions and updates 

  • Assist in implementation of software updates and patches 

  • First line support for the helpdesk 

  • Learn new skills and stay current on latest technology 

  • Initiate improvement actions 

Required Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering or equivalent 

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in operating and maintaining material handling systems that contain conveyors, sorting systems, and shuttles 

  • Knowledge and experience reading Motor Control Panel Prints as well as working knowledge of 24-volt DC, 120-volt AC and 480-volt AC circuits 

  • Experience with WinCC and Webfactory software, Siemens Micro Master VFDs, Profibus communications 

  • At least two (2) years’ experience programming Siemens PLC S7 Controllers and formalized PLC training 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Preferred skills in understanding and designing PLC programs 

Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (Competencies): 

  • Result driven attitude from a realistic perspective 

  • Ability to judge results and the consequences and take actions accordingly 

  • Strong team mentality and acceptance of responsibility for project completion 

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills 

  • Self-motivated with proven ability in problem solving skills under stressful conditions 

  • Ability to work well with team members 

  • Quality driven mentality 

  • Interpret and knowing of procedures and regulations 

  • Execute independently the job within the project team (not always routine) 

  • Knowledgeable of electrical and controls engineering theories and principles 

  • Electrical aptitude and knowledge of acceptable practices, techniques and codes 

  • Skilled in understanding and designing Engineering science: Logic and Programming 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday day shift. 


This position requires no travel outside of any initial minimal offsite training.   

Supervisory Responsibility: 

This position has no supervisory responsibilities. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands: 

The work environment/physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. 

The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Although the Controls Engineers predominantly work in the office, they also spend time in the distribution center, where they sometimes handle packages or automatic equipment such as conveyor systems. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is sometimes exposed the material handling system, mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. The Controls Engineer will encounter mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic equipment. Ear protection should be worn. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

*Applicants are required to pass a background check..  

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. 


Vanderlande is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 


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