Automation Engineer

REQ: REQ-117118 Engineering

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla Motors, Inc. in a large-scale advanced battery manufacturing facility known as the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic manufactures and supplies cylindrical lithium-ion cells for the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc. Based on the battery demand from Tesla, the Gigafactory plans to produce cells which will double the world’s current production.
Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by production of the world’s safest, highest-quality, and lowest-cost batteries.  Through this effort we will create a clean energy society and our products will change society’s use of and perceptions of electric power.


Responsibilities Include:


  • Designing, validating, and installing automation systems to improve reliability and defect rate of electrode manufacturing processes.
  • Identifying, validating, and integrating applicable sensors into electrode manufacturing processes to support process improvement projects.
  • Developing robust feedback programs based off machine/sensor data.
  • Preparing or directing preparation of product or system layout and detailed drawings and schematics.
  • Preparing of thorough system design summaries and plans (including cost, facilities, timeline, data, and resource considerations) to present to relevant engineering/production teams for design review.
  • Directing and coordinating manufacturing or building of prototype products or systems.
  • Designing and running validation tests and mass production trials for new programs/equipment.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and summarizing data from validation tests and mass production trials.
  • Collaborating across engineering, quality, and production departments in development, testing, and introduction of new equipment, programs, and automation systems.
  • Coordinating support/maintenance of new equipment, programs, and automation systems once introduced into mass production.
  • Engaging and collaborating with development teams during systems design and testing.
  • Programming, installing, and troubleshooting PLC systems such as Mitsubishi and Omron within Panasonic’s battery manufacturing processes.
  • Programming, installing, and troubleshooting Keyence vision systems within Panasonic’s battery manufacturing processes.
  • Providing technical information concerning manufacturing or processing techniques, materials, properties, and process advantages and limitations which affect long range plant and product engineering planning.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years of controls/automation engineering experience.
  • Prior experience with automation systems development and integration.
  • Prior experience with validation and introduction of new/improved sensors to mass production lines.
  • Ability to design and integrate changes on HMIs.
  • Working knowledge of installing and tuning PID controllers.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage time and projects independently.
  • Ability to cooperate and work with related departments including overseas.
  • Ability to work within current machine controls systems and infrastructure to introduce improvements.
  • Experience programming, installing, and troubleshooting manufacturing image vision systems such as Keyence and Cognex
  • Experience programming, installing, and troubleshooting PLC systems such as Mitsubishi and Omron
  • Background working in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding of electrical hardware, drawings, sequence control, ladder logic, and software design.
  • Flexibility to independently solve issues with first-principles thinking.
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to lead automation/controls aspects of improvement project from development phase through validation and introduction to mass production line.
  • Ability to effectively summarize complex engineering systems/concepts into presentations for management approval.
  • Familiarity with wiring/cabling size/terminations and load/temperature requirements.
  • Familiarity with industrial machinery design & related NFPA codes:
    • 70
    • 79 (and related UL standards for industrial machinery)
  • Knowledge regarding electrical requirements in hazardous locations (Class I, Div 2).
  • Experience with 480 V panel installations.
  • Control wiring design.
  • Experience with energy usage/optimization.
  • Knowledge and handling about American environmental laws and UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and data sampling for process/equipment validation.


Supplemental Information:

In addition to an environment that’s as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits. Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 


Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.


Panasonic Energy of North America will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.


REQ: REQ-117118 Engineering

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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