Maintenance Engineer - Controls

Mercedes-Benz: Building Exceptional Vehicles... and Careers! The best chapters in Alabama's automotive success story are yet to come. The Mercedes-Benz automobile of the future will be different; greener, more efficient, safer, and even more fascinating. Only one thing will never change - It will wear a star.   MBUSI is home to the GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS Sport Utility Vehicles and the Next Generation C-Class. Our facility is one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in the world, with nearly 5 million square feet under one roof. The plant, locatedin Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is positioned in an area of natural beauty and abundant natural resources.   MBUSI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, 401(k) and pension plans, and on-site child development and wellness facilities. MBUSI is committed to excellence and actively promotes teamwork, safety, quality, and continuous improvement within its ranks. Our Team Members share a common goal toalways be the best premium auto manufacturer in North America.                                              Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International, Inc provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants.  Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. follows all local, state and federal laws in all aspects of business.   All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any open positions.     Purpose of the Position: Under general supervision, this position is responsible for development, maintenance, and implementation of controls systems, standards, policies and procedures capable of delivering reliable equipment efficiency and capable functions for the maintenance and production team at MBUSI.     Essential Functions:  (List all basic responsibilities related to the purpose of the position)   Maintain plant controls standards including software, fieldbus networks, visualization systems, hardware, configuration and documentation.   Manage outsourcing activities & selection of key service contractors and suppliers.   Assist in the development and implementation of maintenance training programs as related to the controls based technologies. Deliver training in areas of technical expertise.   Define controls systems life cycle and develop plans associated with them. These plans will include rebuilds, upgrades, and replacements as required, due to obsolescence or performance issues.   Supporting the shops with controls systems analysis, downtime problem solving, and countermeasure plan/implementation, in order to increase shop efficiency/reduce equipment downtime.   Support controls on an expert level for downtime troubleshooting and continuous improvement projects in the shops.   Plan and prepare for controls systems for product changes and their impact on processes, equipment, tooling, in conjunction with supporting departments (Production, PE, Maintenance, etc.).   Develop, improve and modify controls related equipment standards, buy-off standards and scope of work standards. Represent MBUSI at international standard team SAK's to plan for future standards and improvements.  Communicate information with plant engineering teams.   Provide expert level support for equipment safety standards related to current requirements and new technologies.   Conduct project management, planning, design reviews, implementation, and successful execution of expense and capital related projects.  Includes design reviews and buy-off support.   Planning and coordinating weekend work and shutdown activities including, overseeing/coordinating contractors and supporting maintenance activities.   Review initial spare parts setup quantities for common controls equipment parts, and establish correct inventory levels and repair strategies.   Administration: Perform/participate in practical problem solving and the implementation of countermeasures. Develop single point lessons, procedures, and guidelines relating to equipment needs. Write project justifications, develop scope of work standards, and project timelines. Prepare formal reports for the purpose of communicating problem/project status.     Marginal Functions: (List responsibilities which are not essential, but may be required) Performs other related duties as required.     Financial authority and responsibility: N/A QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience and Necessary Skills all must be met in order toqualify for position.   Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related area and/or the equivalent combination of education or experience.       Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience in maintenance engineering or a related engineering field is necessary, with the above required degree.  Must be experienced in automation controls (PLC), including field bus network systems.   Necessary Skills, Certifications, etc.: Working knowledge of MS Office and MS Project.    Preferred Skills:  German Language Skills PLCs - Allen Bradley (Control Logix and GuardLogiz);Siemens 300, 400 and 1500 series PLC with Inegrated Safety Network Hardware - Allen Bradley Stratix Switch Line, Siemens Scalence Switch Line, I/O (i.e. Siemens ET 200s and ET 200SP,Rockwell Point I/O, etc). Network Systems - ControlNet, DeviceNet, EthernetIP, Profinet, Profisafe and Profibus. This includes associated I/O configurations. Drives-VFDs, including Servo-SEW, Lenze, Allen Bradley Software -Programming experience with RSLogix 5000, Siemens Step 7, Siemens TIA Portal, Factorytalk View, Delphi, Visual Basic, VBA MER0000HFO
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Minimum Qualification
Less than 5 years

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