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Continental Controls & Drives Automation Engineer in Sumter, South Carolina

Controls & Drives Automation Engineer

Sumter, SC


Job Description


Continental Tire has been around for nearly 150 years, we’ve been changing the way the world moves while making it more safe, smart, sustainable and accessible to all. Our Sumter location is seeking an Automation Engineer to join our Controls and Drives department. The ideal candidate has excellent communication and leadership skills, is dependable and accountable.


• Develop, coordinate, execute and explore new/innovative automations technologies and solutions that can be used for continuous equipment improvement and efficiency, scrap reduction, energy saving, reliability and performance that may include PLC programming development, hardware and/or software updates for Manufacturing Equipment

• Develop, implement and/or coordinate machine hardware and software upgrades for discontinued automation equipment

• Ensure compliance with the electrical standards set by Continental Central Engineering (MES/C&D) for IPC’s, PLC’s, drives, machines interfaces, controls, etc. and IPC management implementation on all automation projects for Manufacturing Equipment

• Provide technical support for maintenance and utilities departments in/with automation projects for Manufacturing Equipment and contribute to reach departmental and plant KPI’s

• Provide 24/7 high level automation technical support for machines/manufacturing systems and specialized controls systems during emergency breakdowns

• Maintain and execute PLC modification management procedures

• Provide specialized training to maintenance staff

• Support the implementation of manufacturing suite solutions

• Interact, facilitate and collaborate with Continental’s Central Engineering Team and Manufacturing Equipment Suppliers to ensure fast solution for technical problems and the development of new projects

• Maintain day to day communication with respect and collaboration with management and all the engineers in the C&D department

• Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Mechatronics, Automation, or Control Systems

• Five or more years’ experience in automation and/or control and drives in design or manufacturing environment

• Five or more years’ experience with Siemens controls and drives technology

• MS Office Suite experience (advanced)

• Previous professional experience in Tire Manufacturing Plants

• Previous professional experience with Mixing, Extrusion and Calender Equipment

• Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening

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About Continental

The Business Area Tires offers the perfect tires for a wide range of different applications - from cars, trucks and buses to special vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles. Through continuous investment in Research & Development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Business Area Tires includes services for the tire trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.

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