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Controls Engineer

Location: Tallapoosa, Georgia, United States
Job ID: R0040577
Date Posted: Jan 8, 2024
Segment: Astemo
Business Unit: Hitachi Astemo
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Position Summary:

This position will be part of the xEV Drive Unit team for Electric Vehicle products and will be responsible for installation and continuous improvement during mass production of all equipment, processes and methods during manufacturing. This includes a working knowledge of all processes, controls for the production line, testing parameters/programing and equipment specifications. This position will also be responsible for the set-up and verification of the production equipment, specifically but not limited to the line controls set-up, fastening programs, laser/visions system programming and data applications. This position has direct contact with multiple departments within the manufacturing site and will support other departments for all equipment related concerns

Overall requirements of the Controls Engineer are to ensure that production equipment runs to equipment specification and produces EV products based on the product specifications and customer requirement, including ensuring that equipment is verified and qualified for mass production utilization.

This position offers opportunities to work with a wide variety of aspects of the manufacturing processes, a wide variety of departments and levels of management within the company both domestic and international.

Essential functions of this job include:

  • Confirm that equipment is installed and meets required specification
  • Confirm that equipment is maintained and working properly
  • Ensure that equipment is safe to utilize for all associates
  • Confirm that all product requirements are meet through online testing, including verification (daily and validation)
  • Assist other departments in setting up testing trials/experiments for customer/internal troubles testing, including countermeasure activity as needed

Works with other team members (Manufacturing Engineer, Test Engineer, Quality Engineers, Analysis Engineer, Maintenance, Technical Associates and Production (management and production floor personnel.)

Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Skills):

  • 4-year College Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Technology or similar degree
  • Knowledge/experience with troubleshooting production equipment
  • Knowledge of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics and computer programming
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible in working shifts as required to meet production schedules
  • Experience in PLC programming
  • Knowledge/experience with power electronics
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally required (up to 35%)

Preferred Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Skills):

  • Work experience in automotive industry, with emphasis in electro/mechanical devices
  • Knowledge of EV components such as inverters and motors
  • Fluency in Japanese language
  • Automotive electronics
  • Knowledge/experience with automotive power electronics

Essential to Job Functions – Physical and/or Mental Restrictions:

  • Ability to work flexible schedule including all shifts and days as needed
  • Ability to work for long periods of time while sitting
  • Standing, walking, and bending for the duration of the workday
  • Ability to lift 35lbs from floor to a height of 4ft
  • Ability to push or pull pallet jack up to 450lbs
  • Visual ability to work accurately with detailed information and a computer screen
  • Ability to travel for business (Domestic and Overseas)


  • Intermediate experience required in Windows, MSWord, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • AutoCAD and Solidworks

Production and Location Start-up Duties:

  • Work within small team to develop manufacturing location and processes to support smooth mass production start-up of EV products.
  • Support PE team in development, manufacturing and installation of the production equipment.
  • Facility development and preparation for EV mass production and equipment installation
  • Typical NPI duties as detailed by internal Astemo and customer requirements for start-up of new product/location.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Make sound business decisions, exercise good judgment and maintain high level of motivation
  • Maintain effectiveness in high visibility situations, handle multiple functions efficiently and ensure deadlines are met
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of organization needed
  • Maintain functional knowledge of processes, procedures and equipment within manufacturing
  • Promote and carry out the Hitachi Core Values
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and technical terminology
  • Confers with and prepares reports for upper management and possibly other organizations
  • Maintains clean and orderly work environment according to 6S
  • Interacts with various levels of associates

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Will not supervise

Work Environment – Travel, Noise, Smells, Quiet, Indoors or Outdoors, etc.

  • Requires 35% travel – Domestic and International (may include short term assignment in foreign country)
  • Open-Office Setting
  • Factory Setting with Noise

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

If you need a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job at Hitachi, please send the nature of request and contact information to [email protected]. Queries other than accommodation requests will not be responded to.

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