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ATS Company:  PA Solutions
Requisition ID:  10987

Bessemer, AL, US, 35022

Date:  Nov 18, 2023

Associate Controls Software Engineer

Job Description

Required Duties:
The candidate must be able to work in a professional engineering team-based environment. Engineering teams are responsible for the design and integration of control systems for customer applications and processes. Duties may include and are not limited to PLC and HMI programming, network design, system commissioning, system support, internal/external training, and technical consultation. Areas of focus are controls standardization.

Candidate Responsibilities / Must also possess the following traits:

  • Logical thinker & problem solver
  • Organized & detail oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated with “can do” mindset
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Team player with emphasis on team development
  • Innovative regarding new processes and development aids
  • Budget and deadline aware
  • Must be willing to travel up to 70%
  • Must be willing to work long hours on various shift models

Specific Responsibilities:
The following lists are general responsibilities that may vary from customer to customer.

  • Developing standardize code & development tools, including:
  • Creating PLC/HMI/Diagnostic Libraries (AOIs, FBs, UDT, Faceplates, etc.)
  • Creating Quality Check Tools – used to validate standards were properly executed
  • Creating Process for Standards deployment including input/outputs of deliverables and utilizing check-in/check-out and sign-off procedures to ensure Quality and Timing Milestones are met


  • Participate in Design Reviews and support customer meetings proactively
  • Train team members on project standards as applicable
  • Plan to execute work within budget, with exceptional quality (FTR), and on time
  • Track and report metrics as required
  • Forecast time/resources to complete remaining work
  • Participate in continuous improvement initiatives and champion outcomes of the initiatives.
  • Supervise activities of functionally assigned personnel, applying knowledge of automation concepts and procedures and production area knowledge
  • Execute, supervise, and verify all works aligns to customer specifications and expectations.
  • Apply special knowledge of automation, controls engineering, and robotics where applicable
  • Travel to customer sites as necessary for the betterment of assigned team or to personally deliver optimal solutions

Additional Information

Technical Skills:
PLC Programming

  • Rockwell – Studio5000, RSLogix 5
  • Siemens – TIA Portal V15+, Step 7

HMI Design:

  • Rockwell – RS/FT View ME/SE
  • Siemens – TIA Portal Advanced, WinCC Flexible/SCADA

Computer Programming:

  • Experience in one or more of the following: Visual Basic, C++, C#, Java, Python, etc.

General Networking - Ethernet troubleshooting and design of various hardware types and configurations

  • Network Address Translation
  • VLANs
  • Various Network Topologies (Star, Linear, Ring…)

Business Software - Produce documentation, calculations, and presentations ▪ Microsoft Office:
Hardware Design:

  • Understand electrical, pneumatic and water schematics and complete the integration of industrial automation systems

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a controls related field (Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent)
  • One to three plus years of applicable experience in an industrial environment that includes design, debug, startup, and production-readying of industrial controls equipment.
  • Must have knowledge of multiple customer platforms. Experience must include complete knowledge of full project lifecycle


All employees have the responsibility to work in a safe manner and report any health, safety or environmental concern to their manager or supervisor in a timely manner.

Employee responsibilities for Health, Safety and Environment include:

  • Work in compliance with divisional health, safety and environmental procedures
  • Refrain from removing or altering safety devices or guarding unless hazardous energies are controlled through lockout-tagout methods
  • Report any unsafe conditions or unsafe acts 
  • Report defect in any equipment or protective device
  • Ensure that the required protective equipment is used for the assigned tasks
  • Attend all required health, safety and environmental training
  • Report any accidents/incidents to supervisor
  • Assist in investigating accidents/incidents
  • Refrain from engaging in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct

Join the Winning Team at PA Solutions, Inc. (a global division of ATS Automation). We help exceptional customers automate their manufacturing as Tooling System Integrators. We work with Global OEM's/Tier suppliers supporting transportation and aerospace industries. Take your place among the best in the business and grow your career with PA Solutions, Inc. Join an environment where a passion for innovation is combined with an uncompromised commitment to quality. PA Solutions, Inc. offers a superior benefits package designed with you in mind!  If you would like to automate your future, check us out and be a part of our unprecedented growth!


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations.  

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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