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Automation Engineer at Metlasa in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:

About Metalsa:
Metalsa Structural Products, Inc. is part of a global company that manufactures structural components for light and heavy vehicles. Our mission is to help our customers move the world more efficiently, while protecting the environment and ensuring long term economic and social value generation for our stakeholders. We provide our customers innovative solutions focused on safe and sustainable product and process technologies, exceeding quality and service at a competitive cost. While serving both the automotive and commercial vehicle market we strive to make sure 'Quality is a Way of Life' at Metalsa.
EEOC Statement:
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and support all engineering process improvements and projects to ensure safety, quality, productivity and customer satisfaction.
  • Assist in the installation, debug and programming of all equipment.
  • Assist machine repair with troubleshooting, diagnostics and / or repairs on automated equipment
  • Obtain operational knowledge on all manufacturing equipment.
  • Conduct studies to help improve efficiencies, reduce costs and increase throughput of the lines.
  • Improve departmental performance and professionalism by providing both practical and formal training opportunities.
  • Ensure spending plans are followed and develop action plans.
  • Work closely with the Engineering department to determine priorities for project implementation and/or resource needs.
  • Serve as manager's resource for implementing production area projects (i.e. Poka-Yokes, Cell Modifications, new stations, etc.).
  • Participate in root cause analysis of failures and follow up countermeasures.
  • Support the plant by applying specialized technical knowledge
  • Understand customer needs and work towards meeting and exceeding them.
  • Support all the engineering changes requested to the product.
  • Support and participate proactively in Specialty Team meeting.
  • Actively support full implementation of Metalsa best practices and culture (MOS, 5'S, PPS, A3s, Kaizen, etc.)
  • Additional responsibilities as required - this position is subject to change as the needs of the department change.


  • Work in a safe manner and encourage others to do so.
  • Report all unsafe acts and unsafe conditions immediately.
  • Use our Innovation process and the team concept to improve safety in the plant.
  • Be proactively involved with improving working conditions.

Maintain the appearance of a World Class Facility



  • Excellent problem solving, planning, team orientation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to establish own priorities and be self-directed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work as a team member with a diverse group of people.
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point).
  • Proficiency in writing operational procedures, documentation systems and project management.
  • Programming knowledge such as ladder logic, C++, Visual Basic, etc.
  • Willingness to learn.

Preferred Experience:

  • 3+ years of experience
  • Experience in automotive or manufacturing industry.
  • Understanding of industrial control's equipment.
  • PLC and Robot Programming. (software engineering)
  • Project Management.
  • Problem solving analysis methodologies and documentation.
  • Electrical drawings interpretation and troubleshooting.
  • Control designs (electrical, pneumatic, field devices).
  • Industrial networking protocols (Industrial Ethernet, Control Net, IO Link, etc.).
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD electrical.


  • Safety and Quality oriented.
  • Willing to work overtime with little or no notices (no 2-day notice) and to work any shift or even during weekends.