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Sr. Controls Engineer (PENA)

REQ: REQ-134357 Engineering

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sparks, NV, United States
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At PENA, engineers quickly become experts in the fundamentals of lithium-ion cell technology and work to integrate that understanding with high speed, automated manufacturing methods to produce the highest performance and highest quality lithium ion batteries.

  • Investigate, evaluate, and fully document existing controls system architecture(s).
  • Lead the research, testing, and implementation of controls systems and components as they pertain to improving production equipment and achieving industry 4.0 standards.
  • Assist with industry 4.0 efforts.
  • Lead the controls design, validation, and installation of automation systems to improve reliability and defect rate of current manufacturing processes.
  • Determine the feasibility of designing new plant equipment or modifying existing equipment considering costs, available space, time limitations, company planning, and other technical and economic factors.
  • Confer with Manufacturing, Quality, and Engineering personnel to clarify or resolve problems and develop countermeasures.
  • Prepare or direct preparation of product or system layouts, detailed drawings, and schematics.
  • Analyze test data and reports to determine if design meets functional and performance specifications.
  • Evaluate engineering test results for possible application to developments of systems or other uses.
  • Lead investigation into manufacturing equipment failures and design or consulting on countermeasures from controls systems perspective
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees, wearing PPE is a possibility and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


  • Basic/Required:  Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline.
  • Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8+ years of controls engineering experience.
  • Panasonic Energy of North America does not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.
  • Evidence of exceptional ability. Panasonic follows a culture of full-cycle engineering where members will have full responsibility and accountability for their projects from start to finish. We are looking for the best of the best.
  • Experience programming, installing, and troubleshooting ladder-logic based PLC systems such as Mitsubishi, Omron, Allen-Bradley, Siemens, or similar.
  • Background working in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding of electrical hardware, drawings, sequence control and software design.
  • Ability to cooperate and work with related departments including overseas.
  • Flexibility to solve issues with first principles thinking.
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 up to 480 V panel installations.
  • Control wiring design.
  • Experience with energy usage/optimization.
  • Knowledge and handling about American environmental laws and UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
  • Preferred Certification(s):

  • None

    Physical Demands:

    Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)

  • Sit:                                                       20%
  • Walk:                                                   50%
  • Stand:                                                 20%
  • Lift:                                                      10%

    Tools and/or Equipment: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Keyboard/Computer:                           Continuous
  • Office Equipment:                               Continuous
  • Phone                                                  Continuous

    Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Frequent

REQ: REQ-134357 Engineering

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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