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Otter Tail Corporation Automation Engineer II in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


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Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 1100+ employees work from five facilities throughout the Midwest. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: Support Automation Leadership in all activities pertaining to a project. The scope of this job will include planning, budgeting, implementing, overseeing all activity and scheduling as necessary pertaining to a named project.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions: Research, justify, & implement new technology. Investigate cost or productivity improvements and conduct cost justification and feasibility studies where applicable. Design specialty tools and equipment to improve productivity, quality, and safety in production. Provide Engineering design and support for both internal and external customers.

  • Takes direction from Automation Manager, Automation Supervisor, or Automation Engineer III to complete tasks for multiple projects.

  • Design and implement automated systems for use in diverse manufacturing and production environments

  • Communicate companies capabilities and processes and access customer needs through Sales

  • Research new equipment purchases where new products or concepts are needed to get a finished product to the customer in the most productive manner possible.

  • Assist the implementation of ideas and/or special projects, knowing the resources necessary to obtain information to complete projects.

  • Assist Automation Supervisor and/or other engineers in the design and detailing of items within a project with the assistance of 2-D CAD and/or SolidWorks software.

  • Support existing automation technology with component and process upgrades

  • Write and edit robotic or PLC programs needed to produce parts for the project or customer.

  • Create detailed road maps to guide automation projects from conception to final implementation

  • After design completion – perform construction/assembly, estimating and installation of said project.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The minimum level of education and experience required to perform the job.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of 2 years of experience in engineering or design or

  • Associate’s Degree with minimum of 5 years of experience in engineering or design or

  • Minimum 7 years of engineering or design experience

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • The ability to travel and be gone for a week or more if required. (New equipment, shows, seminars, training, customer visits, alternate plant locations, etc.)

Experience and Skills Required: Recent mechanical and shop experience that includes the following skills and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of technology and company products and processes

  • SolidWorks design experience

  • PLC programming knowledge preferred (line logic and/or block logic)

  • Robotic programming knowledge (Fanuc, ABB, Universal Robots)

  • Ability to show initiative by seeking out and identifying new Automation opportunities within the company

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Capability of working with a high degree of personal discipline.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

(EO/AAMet/Disability Employer)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)