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Valmont Industries, Inc. Automation Engineer in Valley, Nebraska

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Automation Engineer will provide technical direction and support for Operations in all aspects of Robotics and Automation. This position will have to be collaborative and interface with business functions to provide technical expertise for robotic applications and to ensure quality and continuous improvement to the manufacturing processes. The Robotics Engineer will Identify technology enhancements and develop custom designs that will improve efficiencies, capacity & throughput.. This position is expected to troubleshoot complex manufacturing issues, improve existing manufacturing processes, qualify robotics and automation procedures and prepare engineering documentation and instructions to support shop fabrications per industrial standards. While keeping safety as a priority, this position is responsible for developing preventative & predictive maintenance procedures on automation systems to minimize downtime. The position is expected to provide troubleshooting, training & technical support to production teams when necessary.

Essential Functions:

  • The position has a primary responsibility to assist in the development and realization of the plant’s continuous improvement initiative, with an emphasis on successful implementation of plant automation projects.

  • Equipment Design and Deployment, Tooling and Fixture Design, Engineering Consulting.

  • Apply prescriptive methodology to project tasks

  • Collaborate with engineering teams

  • Perform specification review

  • Exchange task level information

  • Communicate non-compliance incidents

  • Prepare or update reports and documentation

  • Use computer-assisted equipment

  • Execute project tasks

  • Identify areas for technical improvement

  • Supports manufacturing by troubleshooting existing automation equipment.

  • Trains technical associates on current and new automation equipment.

  • Responsible for the project management, complete design and deployment of the mechanical, electrical and control systems of new and retrofitted industrial automation equipment.

  • Ability to manage & develop automation projects in-house along with multiple outside vendors.

  • Mechanically inclined, strong problem solving skills, hands-on individual.

  • Empowers peers through positive reinforcement of team oriented continuous improvement.

  • Communicates status of engineering efforts to plant management and other engineering resources within the division.

Provides documentation of results and benefits achieved.

  • Troubleshoot complex manufacturing issues and improve existing manufacturing processes.

  • Lead Valmont in staying apprised of state of the art production robotics and automation processes and implementing best practices

  • Comply with all Safety Policies, Procedures, and Quality Systems Procedures

  • Direct and coordinate technical personnel in performing inspections to ensure compliance with established procedures, restrictions and standards

  • This position reports to the Manager AMET, Robotics and Automation and has no direct reports or indirect reports

  • This role requires up to 50% travel (internationally/domestically), including overnight stays

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Welding Engineering, Automation & Controls Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical, Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical) or similar discipline

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point, MS Office Suite, 2D CAD & Solid Modeling.

  • Decisive problem-solving ability and capability to assess people and situations with accuracy

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve problems

  • Highly motivated with a desire to tackle challenging opportunities

  • Flexible - can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines; able to work with short lead times in pressure situations

  • Confident self-starter with integrity and accountability

  • Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly

  • Must be able to effectively and persuasively present complex information in a simply way to executive level audiences

  • Exceptional project management and leadership skills; able to share and accept ideas from subordinates to foster a team environment

  • Proven experience with effectively communicating at all levels including plant, leadership, customer, and third-party lab/inspection entities

  • Team player; must be able to work collaboratively with others from all areas of Valmont

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work with and negotiate with sub-contractors

  • Knowledgeable of Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen techniques

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering

  • Automation with with 5+ years working experience in a manufacturing environment, experience with robotics, AI and machine learning, and a solid understanding of computer programming and software development.

  • Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing techniques

  • Familiarity with Six Sigma, Lean and other analytical tools and procedures

  • Experience in a multi-site manufacturing organization

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. Domestic and international travel required for this position. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee is occasionally required to move about the office. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. is a leading producer and distributor of products and services for the infrastructure and agricultural markets.

Valmont began in 1946 when founder, Robert B. Daugherty, combined his $5,000 savings with a wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. From those modest beginnings, the company grew into a global leader of engineered products and services for infrastructure, and water-conserving irrigation equipment and solutions for agriculture.

From lighting and traffic structures to guide the way, to communication towers that keep people connected, to utility structures that power homes and businesses, to irrigation equipment and technology that helps grow the world’s food, we are committed to Conserving Resources. Improving Life ® .

Four primary business segments comprise Valmont: Engineered Support Structures; Coatings; Irrigation and Utility Support Structures. We manufacture products in over 80 different facilities spread across 6 continents and do business in over 22 different countries. Valmont is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol (VMI).

We are passionate about our products. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking products and processes to new markets, developing new products for existing markets, and continually improving across the company to ensure that Valmont solutions are always the global industry leader.