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Controls Engineer, PLC, Heil Environmental

Environmental Solutions Group encompasses industry-leading brands — Heil Environmental, Marathon, Bayne, The Curotto-Can, 3rd Eye, Soft-Pak, and Parts Central — to create a premier, fully integrated equipment group serving the solid waste and recycling industry. Through extensive voice-of-customer outreach, in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, a wide-reaching service network, and proven industry expertise, Environmental Solutions Group is focused on solving customer problems through environmentally responsible products and providing world-class support. Our mission, "Improving Lives," drives us to make a significant difference, both in the marketplace and in the lives of our employees and their communities. For more information, visit

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $8 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Clean Energy & Fueling, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Climate & Sustainability Technologies. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 65 years, our team of over 25,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what’s possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.” Additional information is available at

Operating Company: Environmental Solutions Group – Heil Environmental

Location: Fort Payne, AL

Reports to: Senior Director, Advanced Manufacturing, Quality and Continuous Improvement

Department:  Facility Maintenance



This position will be responsible for programming automation and controls systems involving PLCs (programmable logic controllers). Must have proven experience in PLC logic and programming with any of the following PLCs: Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE Fanuc, Siemens, Automation Direct, Mitsubishi etc. Must be able to create and read logic and flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation and testing, and startup. Experience with logic auto-generation from templates using VBA applications.


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in programming leadership as well as the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices, as well as provide detailed documentation upon project completion. This person will be the project technical lead and will be responsible for some project management activities with a strong knowledge of reading and developing electrical schematics using AutoCAD Electrical.



  • Safety aspects of equipment including safety behavior index, developing, and implementing Pre-Task guidelines for new process and re-process installations.
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and ability to develop / design new processes for the least amount of cost and reduction of manpower.
  • Taking a leadership role for controls issues that occur during the shift, implementing a plan to correct and follow up of any required controls items from the other shifts.
  • Provide training and guidance to maintenance staff and trades personnel related to PLC equipment.
  • Interact directly with suppliers on all new model tooling, re-processing, and equipment kits.
  • Determine the root cause of down time and implement error-proofing to prevent them in the future.
  • Ability to work and direct hourly work force in a non-union environment.
  • Knowledge in the electrical build area from panel wiring to debug of automated equipment which includes AGV transfer system, Floor chain transfer system controls, Laser cutting machines, Break presses, Blast booth controls systems and any other electronically controlled hydraulic equipment.
  • Ability to read and correct electrical build prints, 1-line electrical diagrams and schematics including hydraulic and pneumatic controlled process flow diagrams.
  • Understand and develop a computerized predictive and preventative maintenance program.
  • Need to have a high mind set of reducing MTTR and increasing MTBF and completion of any projects on time as planned without slipping the dates.
  • Need to be able to work on weekends if the maintenance team needs any help and/or if there are any special projects scheduled on weekends.
  • Understand and develop CompactLogix 1769-L36ERM, L32E, Guard Logix L43S, SLC 500 and servo motion control Kinetix 5500 drives.
  • Should be able to understand the ABB IRC5 or Fanuc robot programming language.
  • Proficient in using AutoCAD software for Architectural, MEP and Electrical schematics.
  • Knowledge of creating and modifying automation cells HMI screens and should be capable to be able to diagnose and troubleshoot automatically controlled industrial HVAC and AMU.
  • Project management skills to manage and launch Automated Robotic and PLC controlled manufacturing cells with seam tracking arc welding experience. Proficient using any type of proximity sensors (capacitive, inductive, magnetic, optical & ultrasonic), sensor signals (NPN, PNP, 0-10V & 4-20mA) and VFDs.
  • Understand pneumatic and hydraulic circuits.
  • Ability to travel domestically 10-15% of time for assessing suppliers, training and capital equipment and automation cell reviews and buy off at vendor locations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with focus on Controls or Electronics or equivalent experience. Master’s degree nice to have.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years or Master’s degree with 1+ year related experience.
  • Strong computer skills and experience in the use of Microsoft Suite (Excel, Power Point, and Word); and Microsoft Project.
  • Must be able to work effectively with personnel at all levels.
  • Must have experience working in a regulated environment.
  • Must be able to accomplish results independently.
  • Must be willing to come to the plant on weekends as needed to manage the equipment repairs to make sure it is repaired before production starts on Monday morning.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Manufacturing knowledge in assembly, fabrication, machining, or welding.
  • Team building skills, prioritization skills, forward looking, and good troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.



  • Master’s degree in industrial or manufacturing or management.
  • Experience and schooling focused on control systems development.
  • Experience in Automotive, Metals, & High volume- High Mix manufacturing Industry is a plus.
  • Knowledge about Industry 4.0 and IIoTs applications and integration of AI systems through PLCs for machine learning and big data gathering and analysis.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, AutoCAD, GANTT Charts and other project management tools
  • Experience in implementing/Tracking/Collecting OEE data with PLC/HMI/ systems is a plus.
  • Understanding of Robotic programing formats, electrical debug, and mechanical debug: Kawasaki, (inc AD, C, D controllers), Fanuc, (inc R30i controllers, DCS software), ABB, (inc S4, S4C Plus controllers, EPS software)
  • Understanding of Programming languages such as RSLogix 5, RSLogix 500, RSLogix 5000, PanelBuilder software's, Allen Bradley Drive Tools software's, Symax, Unico, & Allen Bradley GML.
  • Ability to stay on the floor for long time to analyze and understand the equipment down time issues.
  • Ability to come up with creative ideas to eliminate the repeated down time issues on various manufacturing machines and equipment.
  • Strong motivation to implement new technology and Robot automation.



Motivates and Inspires

Results Driven

Self-Awareness and Personal Development



Ethics and Work Standards: Maintain the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in co-workers and others.  Ensure that all business activities – with both internal and external customers – to be performed with a professional demeanor and that all participants be held accountable to this high standard.

Communication:  Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar. Presents concise, well-organized reports in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Listens to understand input, feedback, and concerns.  Provides complete information in an open, honest, and straightforward manner.  Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.

Teamwork and Relationships:  Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.  Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow Environmental Solutions Group business in the United States and abroad.  Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals. Is tactful, courteous, and considerate.  Embraces a positive outlook.  Is respected and trusted by others.

Continual Improvement and Problem Resolution: Identifies and communicates suggestions for work improvements.  Uses technical and analytical abilities to assure existing work practices are the most efficient and cost effective possible. Performs root-cause analysis and implements viable, permanent solutions to problems.  Works with both internal and external customers to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives.  Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or creates opportunities that will increase productivity and create value.  Shares best practices with other employees across the business.

Accountability:  Accepts responsibility and accessibility for both the strategic planning and the successful implementation of all projects, programs, and duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems, and progress of work in a timely manner.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Job Function : Engineering


Nearest Major Market: Fort Payne

Job Segment: Controls Engineer, Environmental Engineering, Project Manager, Hydraulics, Testing, Engineering, Technology

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