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Controls Engineer/Professional PLC at Yanfeng US Automotive Interior Systems I LLC in FOUNTAIN INN, South Carolina

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has 114 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), the component group of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit

The Controls Engineer/PLC is responsible for programming production facilities machines; applies electrical and control theory to test, modify and diagnose the electronic and electrical components on all production and plant equipment.  Responsible for supporting the standardization of equipment and systems.

  • Diagnose and resolve causes of electrical and mechanical malfunctions on all equipment.

  • Assist the maintenance department in installing new electronic/electrical control equipment and making it operational.

  • Develop engineering specifications for electrical control systems and equipment modifications.

  • Provide technical support to the maintenance department when required; Plan, direct and record periodic electrical analysis on the production equipment.

  • Recommend and initiate modifications or replacement of equipment which fail to meet operating standards.

  • Provide training for the maintenance department on the operation and diagnostics of the machine controls and motor controllers.

  • Research and implement cost effective upgrades to the equipment and facilities.

  • Research and implement the most cost-effective replacement of electrical control parts.

  • Keep updated electrical drawings and schematics on all production and plant equipment.  Maintain master backups for all machine programs.

  • Recommend the electrical spare parts inventory for all new and existing production equipment to insure maximum machine utilization.

  • Develop programming and provide support for Programmable Logic Controllers, robots and Panel Views to maximize both quality and production.

  • Provide technical support to other facilities if needed.

  • Maintain current corporate programming standards.

  • Improve human machine interfaces.

  • Implement quality improvements


  • Bachelor's Level Degree

  • Area of Study:     Electrical Engineering / Engineering Technology or similar.

  • 3-5 Minimum Years of Experience as an electronic engineer, electrician or similar.

  • 3-5 Minimum Years of Experience within the automotive industry.

  • Must be able and willing to travel and work at customer sites, including industrial manufacturing plants which might require climbing, lifting, or working in confined spaces.

  • Advanced level Allen Bradley PLC programming.

  • Ability to program Siemens PLC’s.

  • Some knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems as it relates to controls of such systems.

  • Advanced level in HMI interfaces and layouts for best operator experience.

  • Special knowledge of electronic design systems.

  • Ability to program and interface Allen Bradley drives and controls systems.

  • Knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems as it relates to controls of such systems.

  • Experience with Allen Bradley PLC programming.

  • Quality System: Understand, apply and meet all function-related Quality requirements.

  • Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS): Understand, apply and meet all function-related EHS requirements.

  • Product Safety: Understand, apply and meet all function-related Product Safety requirements.

  • Compliance: Understand, apply and meet all function-related Compliance requirements.

  • Information Security: Understand, apply and meet all function-related IT / Information Security and confidentiality of YFAI information requirements.

  • Must comply with all company policies and procedures. 

  • Employee must have the ability to work additional hours and / or overtime as needed or assigned to complete job duties on time.

  • Ability to multitask, interact politely and professionally with customers, suppliers and vendors, and work cooperatively with employees at all levels.

  • Ability to maintain predictable and regular attendance, arrive to designated location on time, or be at assigned location ready to work for assignment (plant, corporate office, or remote).

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