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Senior Staff Engineer, Automation & Controls

Casa Grande, Arizona
Job Type
29 Jul 2022
Work Mode: Hybrid

Location: Casa Grande, Arizona


We are growing! Kohler just announced a new 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility on 200 acres in the industrial corridor of Casa Grande, AZ. We are looking for passionate talent to join our leadership team. This role will be based at our Casa Grande facility once it is open. The role will work hybrid or fully remote leading up to the opening.

This is more than a job posting for Kohler Company, one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in North America. This is an invitation to collaborate and apply your craft in a creative conscious and characterful culture.

The Sr. Staff Engineer Automation & Controls is tasked to improve electrical, controls and automation plant processes, equipment, systems, and software to keep the manufacturing facility as current and efficient as possible. Consistently develops and applies advanced theories, methods, and research techniques in the investigation and solution of complex and advanced technical problems with new technologies. Analyzes, evaluates, and plans methods of approach to and organize a means to achieve the solution of complex technical problems.


This position provides technical support as required to ensure plant automation and controls equipment is operating and optimized as well as meets all applicable safety standards. This would include trouble shooting of down equipment as required. Understanding equipment electrical controls and automation obsolescence and upgrades as needed and creating and implementing a plan to mitigate.
Implement error proofing solutions that are integrated into the production line or manufacturing process control and/ or automation systems. Examples would be the integration of automation equipment, DC tools, cameras, laser sensors, in-process/post process gage systems, data collection etc.
Research and evaluate new and existing processes, operations, and support systems for adaptation and/or improvements needed to manufacture Kohler and Sterling products to meet all objectives and improve the overall customer experience. Mechanical/electrical design proficiency necessary to help evaluate and manage the improvement projects.
Initiate, develop, and implement continuous improvement projects in areas of responsibility in support of plant initiatives, objectives, and improvements needed.
Conduct feasibility studies to assure that implementation of recommended improvements would meet objectives with respect to safety, quality, market demands, competitive costs, and general financial criteria.
Project management and commissioning of capital equipment projects as assigned. Scope could include complete project management or just the electrical controls or automation part of the project.
Works with maintenance team to maintain and update as needed spare parts strategy, recommended PM, and frequency, etc. for automation and controls equipment.
Requires significant travel during construction and start-up phases of the facility.


Bachelor s degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited engineering or engineering technology program.
8 + years of relative work experience.
Past results include successful technical leadership on major controls and automation projects.
Experience needed with Allen Bradley PLC s (including SLC 500, Micrologix, Compactlogix, Controllogix, and Guardlogix PLC s), RSLogix, Auto Cad, higher level programming knowledge (Visual Studio- Visual Basic, C#, etc.), vision systems, programmable HMI, DC tools, machine tool controls, robotic applications, Fanuc robot experience, programming and interfacing, control system interface to networks.
Experience creating and reading electrical schematic diagrams for manufacturing equipment.
Experience working with and troubleshooting legacy equipment, including relay logic, obsolete drives, and feeder systems is a plus.
Must have a passion for continuous learning and development of new skills and knowledge.

To fully demonstrate our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our associates, we are requiring all U.S. based team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment beginning January 1, 2022. We believe this path forward further strengthens our workforce and the future growth and resilience of our company and community. Individuals with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates development to make that happen. So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual s personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at .

It is Kohler s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact . Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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  • Job Reference: 671000517-2
  • Date Posted: 29 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Kohler
  • Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent