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Electrical Controls Engineer

DeKalb, IL · Manufacturing
Our talented people are at the core of our growth, constantly reinventing the Sonoco wheel with brilliant solutions every year. Today we are a world leader in global packaging solutions with diversified operations in over 34 countries. We're extremely proud of our portfolio of brands, our achievements in sustainability and industrialization and the groundbreaking work accomplished by our people.

This position reports directly with Machinery Manufacturing Manager, the following job description outlines the essential functions of designing electrical control systems for heat seal packaging machinery from start to finish.  The following lists are not exhaustive, and the engineer is expected to assume any and all duties assigned by management irrespective of whether such duties are specifically included in the following. 

What you’ll be doing:
  • Ability to design and develop machine controls for heat seal packaging machinery
  • Design electrical schematics using AutoCAD Software or equivalent
  • Ability to develop electrical enclosure panel layouts using AutoCAD or equivalent computer software
  • Develop machine controls Bill of Materials using Syteline ERP system
  • Testing and debug of electrical control circuits
  • Ability to integrate various inkjet, laser, or robotic systems
  • Programming of machine control components consisting of A-B PLC’s, HMI’s and others
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Assist in machine manual development & quoting needs
  • Experience programming other types of PLC’s (ex. Omron) and HMI’s is a plus
  • Work and communicate effectively with other groups within engineering and assembly departments
  • Perform final machinery check-offs to verify all systems functionality
  • Help customer support thru phone support to answer technical questions, support during machinery factory acceptance visits, and other issues
  • Provide technical assistance to machine assembly and sales as required
  • Communicate effectively to department manager regarding project progress, achieving goals, and customer expectations.
This position is located in DeKalb, IL

We’d love to hear from you if:
  • Education: B.S. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Familiarity with electronic test instrumentation
  • Ability to read/write and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Proficient in Allen Bradley PLC and HMI programming a must
  • Experience designing, testing, and troubleshooting of industrial equipment with electro-mechanical components; example: relays, motor starters, temperature controllers, and others
  • Proficient using AutoCAD software or equivalent for electrical designing
  • Basic computer experience with file processing, email, Web navigation, and MS office
  • Ability to adapt to new machine controls software’s and updating as needed
  • Healthy attitude to work within a team environment
  • One year (Experience through co-ops and/or internships is acceptable)
We offer a competitive base salary with bonus potential. A comprehensive benefits package is also offered.
An annual bonus is awarded to eligible employees upon attaining various business and individual goals as defined by the Company and the department leader.  This annual bonus is discretionary, and the Company has sole discretion to determine the amount of the award.


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