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Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Manufacturing Project Engineer 1 - PLC Expert

Location Pontiac, Illinois, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000100483

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure.  Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs.  Join us.

Job Summary:

To provide technical expertise and guidance in development of major manufacturing projects, working with internal/external suppliers to support/improve manufacturing productivity and cost effectiveness.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • This position requires a high degree of experience and expertise in various or specific fields of manufacturing such as, PLC/HMI Programming, production automation, industrial equipment design, End-OF-Line Testing, manufacturing technology, etc.

  • This position requires to provide PLC support of key manufacturing and assembly processes including responsibility for all applicable NPI projects, efficiency improvements, and capital projects to achieve business objectives.

  • An automation and Controls Engineer with PLC expertise is requested to rebuild internal PLC expertise, support Pontiac Industry 4.0 projects, and address challenges in obtaining PLC support from external sources. An additional responsibility of this position is to maintain archive back-up copies of CNC and PLC programs for manufacturing and assembly equipment. 

  • Incumbent needs to have a good understanding of product design to combine with process design expertise to provide for improved manufacturability of parts and major components.

  • Provides direction and guidance to other manufacturing personnel in a continuous effort to improve manufacturing productivity.

  • Works with suppliers (both internal and external) in the development of projects, which ensure the most efficient and cost-effective systems or operations to produce quality products.

  • This position is actively involved with suppliers to analyze their current or proposed product/process designs to determine feasibility of using existing designs or modifying the designs to improve process and/or product.

  • Ensures Engineering, Purchasing and shop personnel both at Caterpillar and suppliers are involved in the approval process so that sound decisions are made which improve manufacturing processes, quality and/or reduce costs.

  • Uses knowledge gained through years of experience to explain to suppliers the tooling, parts, fixtures, etc., needed to improve processes.

  • Determines adaptability of existing corporate applications and prepares feasibility studies for new applications.

  • Coordinates various existing systems and operations with new systems and operations to ensure compatibility and directs others to modify systems accordingly to implement total package.

  • Provides leadership in the implementation of integrated technologies within the factory.

  • Develops individual presentations on all integration projects and prepares and establishes priorities for cost effectiveness.

  • Performs liaison duties with various functional areas to promote smooth transition of new and revised corporate and plant systems and operations.

  • Adheres to established standards, policies and practices relating to quality, cost reduction, safety, ergonomics, etc., in performing assigned duties.

  • This position is responsible for the implementation of major systems and the coordination of those systems with the total plant.

Basic Qualifications:

  • This position requires a college degree in an appropriate engineering or technical discipline or equivalent experience in place of a degree.

  • Minimum of 2 years of appropriate manufacturing experience as either a Manufacturing Engineer or Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor.

  • Minimum of 3 years of directly related automation and industrial controls design, implementation, maintenance, programming, specification, calibration, and troubleshooting experience with strong PLC/HMI Programming background including, but not limited to Allen Bradley, Siemens Controls and GE FANUC Automation.

  • Requires considerable experience in the various manufacturing disciplines gained through previous staff and/ or supervisory assignments.

  • Requires analytical ability as well as excellent oral and written communications skills and thorough knowledge concerning the capabilities of both domestic and foreign suppliers.

Additional Information:

  • The location for this position is Pontiac, IL.

  • This position may require 10% travel.

  • This position will close on 9/4/2022 at 11:59PM.

  • Domestic Relocation Assistance is available for this position.

  • Visa Sponsorship is available for this position. (US Only)

Employee benefit details:

  • Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

  • Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance.  We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

  • Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).


Relocation is available for this position.

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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