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Automation/Robotics Engineer

Burbank, CaliforniaPEAK Technical Staffing USA


Our client designs and manufactures high precision micro-abrasive blasting equipment. Micro-abrasive blasting is used across industries to deburr, texture, clean, finish and alter surface material on small parts.

We are looking for the right Automation Engineer to join their team. As an Automation Engineer, you will be responsible for thoroughly understanding a customer’s problem and application. You will figure out how to manipulate their part in our blasting platform, and then configure the resulting system for use. Our production department will build to your plans and give the machine to you to perform the final set-up, dial in, inspection, and stamp of approval.  You will perform whatever buyoff procedure has been negotiated, train the customer, and assist with follow- up issues.

To do this job right, you need the following:
Comfort with a Wide Breadth of Applications: You must have some knowledge and/or experience in large and manual production--from machine shop deburring to high-production pacemaker texturing. You do not need to be an expert in any of these fields, but you will benefit from having some previous exposure. You must have a strong curiosity for these applications and an open mind to solving seemingly unrelated problems with our blasting technology.

A Roll-Up Your Shirt Sleeves Approach: You should have callouses on your hands, stained jeans, and an eagerness to get dirty. Solving problems cannot solely happen at a desk! At some point, you will need to grab tools and fix things. You need to enjoy lying on your back on a dirty floor trying to fit a hose. Manual repair needs to be a benefit of the job, not a nuisance.

Knowledge and Exposure to Automated Machinery: You must be able to read an electrical schematic. You must be able to follow assembly drawings. You must know the difference between an inductive and capacitive proximity sensor. You must know the difference between a stepper motor and a servo motor.

Design Skills: You will need to piece together the right circuit boards to have our computer control the system’s sensors and motors. We use Solidworks to design parts, assemblies, and systems; so we prefer you know Solidworks well. You will need to know how to create engineering drawings that conform to industry standards.

Ability to Work Well with Customers: We like solving problems and building machines, so we put a high priority on our customer relationships. Without them, there is no Comco. Because each automated system we build is an investment for both parties, we provide extensive customer support. You will be working with a wide range of professionals--engineers, operators, etc. You must know how to talk to each. You need to be ready to gently calm a frantic customer, introduce a new user to the program, solve an urgent problem and make a customer feel confident in your solution. You need to show them what you know, and just as importantly, feel comfortable showing what you don’t know without losing their trust.

Troubleshooting Prowess: Things go sideways on occasion, and you will need to suss out the root cause for a customer’s problem. Chances are this customer may communicate via email or over the phone due to distance. You will need to be able to walk them through a solution from afar. You will also need to determine when it is time to go to the customer site and figure things out. Whatever method, you need to be the kind of engineer who maintains patience, curiosity, and industriousness in the presence of a complication.

We prefer that you have specific experience with the following:

  • Solidworks
  • AutoCad
  • Eagle PCB
  • ERP/MRP
  • Galil motion controllers
  • Stepper motors, servo motors, and encoders
  • Wide range of sensors
  • Compressed air systems
  • C++ or C# programming under Windows
  • C programming for microcontrollers
  • Machining with mills and lathes
  • Windows IT administration