Schunk Xycarb Technology (SXT), Inc. in Georgetown, Texas is growing and seeking for a Manufacturing Controls Engineer for our U.S. Operations in Georgetown, Texas facility. 

Manufacturing Controls Engineer

Schunk Xycarb Technology is the one-stop leading global supplier of Silicon Carbide coated Graphite, Quartz-ware, Ceramic and Silicon consumable products and related technology services for the Microelectronics industry. Schunk Xycarb Technology produces high-tech process-chamber equipment parts for wafer production and processing, including dedicated customer engineering support. Our advanced solutions enable leading-edge manufacturing of next-generation Semiconductor, Optoelectronics, Solar and Silicon devices and applications. Schunk Xycarb Technology is a business group of the Schunk Group, with its global headquarters in Helmond, the Netherlands, and local representation at key locations world-wide. The headquarters for the Americas operations and the Global Center of Excellence for Quartz design, production and reconditioning is located in Georgetown, Texas.
  • Working Time: Full-Time
  • Type of Employment: Permanent
  • Job Location: Georgetown, Texas - USA
About your role:
The Manufacturing Contorls Engineer is a new role within the Engineering department. We are looking for an ambitious engineer who wants to take on this challenge in helping to shape this role, within an organization with unique manufacturing processes. These processes are currently based on mainly manual activities. The Manufacturing Automation Engineer is responsible for the development of the automation roadmap, and realization of this roadmap. The roadmap consists of mechanics/robotics/automation solutions for manufacturing processes. These solutions support the reduction of risks and cost, and the improvement of safety, ergonomics, and product quality.
Within Operations, the Engineering department is responsible for:
  • The availability of safe process/measurement equipment and installations for the mechanical (MBA) and Warm Quartz (WKA) production departments
  • Quartz process technology development – creating, documenting, refining, improving, and extending the skills, technologies, processes, and quality related to quartz and ceramic part fabrication
  • Monitoring of these equipment and installations
  • Supporting complex process issues
  • Developing new technologies, and continuous improvement of existing technology to improve efficiency and reliability of manufacturing processes
The department consists of process and equipment engineers, which support operations and drive improvement projects. For improvement projects there is close cooperation with other departments (matrix organization). Xycarb has been growing rapidly, so specialization within the Engineering department is needed. To support this expansion, we are looking for a Manufacturing Automation Engineer.
This is a highly visible position that reports directly to the Engineering Manager. 
Are you ready for the next step in your career? 
As the Manufacturing Controls Engineer, you will be responsible for:
  • Take a leading role in the transition of manual handling to (semi) automated manufacturing processes
  • Provide guidance and insight towards SXT in the context of developing sound automated systems
  • Participate in strategic and tactical planning sessions to provide leadership guidance on automation strategy and opportunities
  • Evaluate automation systems through cost analysis and capital expenditure requests to justify automation projects
  • Initiate and lead projects to realize robotics and automation solutions, execute these projects within scope, budget, and time
  • Develop handling solutions across a range of manufacturing processes and realize these solutions with selected partners
  • Be actively involved with performance indicators such as: number of incidents, risk mitigation, OEE, MTBF
  • Support existing automated equipment solutions deployed throughout Operations by providing software and hardware troubleshooting
  • Create instruction and documentation for the use and maintenance of mechanical/robotics/automation solutions
  • Create guidelines for and collaborate with engineering and operations teams to set the bar for design for automation for product handling processes
  • Educate members of technology deployment and Operations on automation system architecture, usability, and functionality
  • Act as a liaison between manufacturing and supporting departments on factory integration activities
  • Hands on technical support for: troubleshooting equipment problems, tooling and fixture design, and mechanical processes, including support for process development, debugging, and equipment improvements on both existing equipment as well as new equipment / technology
What will you bring:
The right candidate for this position will have:
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s in a technical field (e.g., mechatronics, equipment automation, robotics)
  • 5+ years of experience as a hands-on mechanical/manufacturing controls engineer or technician working on automation and/or electromechanical systems 
  • Strong skills in electrical controls design and PLC programming
  • Strong mechanical design experience and proficiency in CAD
  • Experience required with industrial robots such as Universal robots, Fanuc, etc.
  • Experience with system integration and programming of industrial robots
  • Experience with troubleshooting systems and root cause analysis
  • Several years of relevant experience in project management
  • Experience in coordinating multiple projects
  • Strong demonstrated written and verbal communications skills in English required
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with frequently shifting priorities
  • And, last but not least, to live up to the core competencies of Schunk Xycarb Technology: Innovation, Collaboration, and Customer Focus. 
SXT-US offers:
  • A high-tech environment with an ambitious worldwide market-leading company
  • Employment through a privately held international organization headquartered in Helmond (Netherlands), with locations across the US, Asia, and Europe
  • A dedicated, specialized team where collaboration is key. Our team is our strength!
  • A professional atmosphere with a constructive environment that respects its employees
  • A challenging position that will help define the future of this department as it grows
  • Competitive wages with quarterly profit-sharing bonuses
  • Health benefits including medical, dental & vision
  • Company paid life insurance and short-term & long-term disability
  • Paid Time Off and paid company holidays
  • Safe Harbor 401(k) plan: Company contribution of 3% of your salary
  • Tuition reimbursement/Educational assistance
  • Annual Safety Shoe & RX Safety Glasses Allowance for all the employees
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Travel Assistance
  • Employee Referral Bonus up to $3000 per referral
  • Sign-on Bonus & many more!
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The Schunk Group is a global technology company with around 9,000 employees in 26 countries. The company is a leading supplier of products made of high-tech materials – such as carbon, technical ceramics and sintered metal – as well as machines and systems – from environmental simulation and air conditioning to ultrasonic welding and optical machines.