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Controls Engineer in Norwood, OH at Multi-Color

Date Posted: 1/31/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


  • Develop PLC logic that controls MCC labeling machines
  • Develop HMI user interface screens and communications links to the PLC
  • Create specifications for appropriate communications hardware to connect the control elements with input and output devices, programming device, HMI, and if appropriate networks
  • Develop or assist in development of motion control systems.
  • Provide field support for equipment in customer’s facilities either in person, or via phone.
  • Field service requires mechanical repairs and evaluate label application problems and make appropriate process changes. Service calls may involve installing new machines or tooling.
  • Create and maintain documentation for the above programs
  • Conduct controls related training classes
  • Perform other tasks as directed by management


The Controls Engineer (Engineer) reports to the Service Manager.  The average work week is about 45 hrs.  He/she should expect to travel up to 40% of the time and be available for service related phone calls during off hours.  Some service trips will extend through the weekend.

The Engineer creates or assists in the creation of the description of the machine operation (DMO) for each product.  Using this description, he/she writes the PLC program to enable the machine to function as outlined in the DMO.  The Engineer is aware of all the options available for the control.  He/she makes appropriate choices in selecting hardware for the task and is knowledgeable of all components used.  The PLC code must be well documented and the logic written in a manner that would permit understanding by an experienced PLC technician. 

The Engineer works with Sr. Engineers and vendors to evaluate the communications requirements for the machine.  He/she recommends and may order equipment for evaluation.  Examples of communications systems are Ethernet, Profibus, and Canbus.

The Engineer will write code developing motion control logic and machine control logic. He/she gains sufficient knowledge to be able to effectively trouble-shoot problems with the motion control (servos) in the field.

The Engineer works with Field Technicians and customer maintenance personnel to resolve machine operation and performance issues.  When required, he/she will travel to the customer’s plant to resolve the performance issue.

He/she will assist in evaluating new machine control and HMI technology to assure the labeling machines are providing competitive technology. 

The Engineer can install motion control data for labeling new bottles.  He/she can adjust recipe information and servo offset values so a label is properly applied.  This requires a level of knowledge for the development of servo control profile data for controlling the shuttle and platen servos. The Engineer may be assigned to trouble shoot label application problems either in house or at a customer’s facility.  Investigation may involve either the ink transfer process, actual machine operation, or line control issues.

He/she would be skilled using Excel and or other engineering analysis software. This would involve writing equations appropriate for solving motion control problems.

The Engineer writes maintenance and trouble shooting guides for service manuals.  He/she prepares material for conducting training classes for the customer’s maintenance and operator personnel. 

Job Requirements

Bachelor or Associate degree in Mechanical; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Technology or at least 5-7 years’ industry experience in writing Motion and PLC code. 

The candidate must be experienced in working with electric power panels up to 480 V. 

The candidate must have experience in programming and specifying Motion, PLC & VFD systems.

The candidate must be proficient in writing technical documentation.

The candidate must have experience in creating electrical schematics and prints using AutoCAD.

The candidate must be proficient using Microsoft Office software.

The candidate must be able to physically negotiate a manufacturing environment.  Characteristics of this environment are: 

  • Conveyor crossover steps, and raised platforms.
  • Small isles (28” wide)
  • Standing for long periods of time.

The candidate must have reasonable mechanical aptitude and experience with the use of common maintenance tools.

We are an EOE, and Drug-Free workplace. All finalist candidates will be required to pass certain pre-employment requirements.