Automation Controls Engineer (Bilingual) Japanese/English

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POST DATE 9/1/2016
END DATE 2/23/2017

Momentive Performance Materials USA LLC Willoughby, OH

Willoughby, OH
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Full Time
Job Type
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Based in Waterford, New York, Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a global leader in silicones, quartz and advanced materials, with a 70-year heritage of innovation and being first to market with performance applications that improve everyday life. Our solutions are found in products that touch nearly every facet of modern living and we work closely with some of the biggest brands in B2B and consumer worlds, covering a broad range of markets - from aerospace and automotive, to building and construction, personal care, and electronics.

Momentive materials are found in products that touch nearly every facet of modern living. At Momentive, we believe that leadership begins with integrity, ethics and environmentally sound operations. When you work for Momentive, you are partnering with a company that is not only focused on delivering value but on doing it in a safe, ethical and environmentally responsible manner.

Company Distinction
This exciting opportunity is part of Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

Position Overview

* Project focus will be implementation, optimization and troubleshooting of automation and process machine systems in support of Momentive s new state-of-the-art automated manufacturing platforms.

* Member of a cross-functional project team responsible for supporting cost-effective and quality-critical integrated manufacturing operations through effective troubleshooting and system improvements to ensure equipment uptime and reliability.

Job Responsibilities
Work with commercially available PLC, robotic, motion control and vision systems to troubleshoot and resolve process deviations, faults and errors on custom integrated production equipment. Identify and implement process improvements focused on optimizing equipment uptime, performance and production costs for Momentive s newly installed manufacturing processes.
Actively participate in all phases of the automation projects including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer. Independently follow construction of equipment in vendors facilities.
Make changes to robot motion profiles and adjust taught robot positions as required. Uses the risk assessment process to document and design safety systems that are in compliance with regulations and good manufacturing practices.
Interface with external system integrators and machine builders as required to successfully satisfy performance measures.
Routinely perform elementary design calculations; i.e., motor speed/torque, I/O and memory sizing, area of control/sensitivity of proximity and photo equipment, etc.
Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a team based environment, with minimal supervision.

Self-learner / self-starter who is able to exceed expectations for their objectives and timelines with a minimal amount of supervision
Ability to work on a diverse, multicultural project team
Ability to effectively deal with high levels of uncertainty, ambiguity, and change
Strong communication skills

Minimum Qualifications
Must be Fluent in Japanese and English
Minimum of 3 years manufacturing plant experience or equivalent
Strong fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, PLC programming, motion control systems, electro-mechanical systems, robotics, vision systems, safety systems, risk assessments, and system integration.
High level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges incumbent in the position. Ability and interest to learn, and apply, new technologies in support of overall technical objectives.
Able to effectively leverage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of system implementation.
Ability to work in a team based environment and participate on a highly matrixed team.
Possesses an understanding of general mechanics and be able to apply it in troubleshooting and system design.
Sound problem solving and decision making processes and skills.
Highly motivated, results oriented, with a high commitment level.

Preferred Qualifications
Familiarity with one or more of Seimens, Allen Bradley or Mitsubishi PLC programing (most current products desired)
Experience with Lenze motors/motion controls and/or programming Fanuc robots. Experience designing, developing and delivering fully integrated machine and motion control, automation, and process machine systems to manufacturing.
Experience or familiarity communicating/interfacing with SCADA & MES systems.
Entrepreneurial/innovative (be able to conceive and design system never before demonstrated).
Forward looking (knows what the big picture is and be able to project this view).
Prior experience moving a new product or process from development into manufacturing.
Knowledgeable in applicable national and international electrical and robotic design and safety codes.
2D and 3D software design tools (AutoCAD, SolidWorks).

Education Requirements
BS or MS Mechanical Engineering, Automation Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Controls Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Equivalent.


We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.

In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test and submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process.

Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role 18 months.

Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

Percent of Travel
30 to 40% Domestic and International travel