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Controls Engineering Technician (PENA)

REQ: REQ-144462 Engineering

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sparks, NV, United States
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Job Title:

Control Engineer Technician



B Shift



Hardware & Process Engineering


Job Summary:

The Controls Engineering Technician supports Controls Engineering activities such as testing, check-out, modification, fabrication, and assembly of miscellaneous control systems.  The Technician must be experienced in performing maintenance and troubleshooting activities on control systems in a high-volume manufacturing environment.  The individual will be working from schematics, diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts, or defined plans to perform testing, checkout, and trouble-shooting functions.



Essential Duties:

  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting PLC systems such as Omron, Mitsubishi, and Allen Bradley.
  • Understanding of electrical hardware, schematics, wiring diagrams, SOP’s, P&ID’s, PFD’s, sequence control, and software design.
  • Experience performing maintenance and troubleshooting activities on control systems in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex control systems, including software, hardware, wiring, and electro-mechanical components.
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting manufacturing image vision systems such as Keyence and Cognex.
  • Experience with various mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical control system components.
  • Ability to cooperate and work with related departments including overseas.
  • Strong documentation skills.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employee’s, wearing PPE is a requirement for some roles at PENA 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.


The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.


Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred



  • Basic/Required:   High School Diploma, GED
  • Preferred:  Associates degree in Electronic Technology or equivalent experience preferred.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with wiring/cabling/grounding/shielding, wire gauge/terminations, and load/temperature requirements
  • Must be able to work a 12-hour shift (day or night) to support 24/7 battery manufacturing Control Systems support.
  • Ability to cooperate and work with related departments including overseas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of manufacturing controls engineering technician experience performing maintenance is preferred.
  • Familiarity with industrial machinery design & related NEC NFPA 70 and 79 codes.
  • Familiarity with ISA standards and symbology.
  • Knowledge regarding electrical requirements in hazardous locations (Class I, Div 2).
  • Experience with 480 V panel installations
  • Background working in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Alignment to Panasonic’s seven (7) core principles (contribution to society, fairness and honesty, cooperation and team spirit, untiring effort for improvement, courtesy and humility, adaptability, gratitude)
  • Resilient, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure.


Preferred License(s):

  • None


Preferred Certification(s):

  • None


Physical Demands:


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

  • Sit:                                                       40%
  • Walk:                                                   30%
  • Stand:                                                 20%
  • Lift:                                                      10%


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

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Not Required



About Us:

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic's role at the Gigafactory is to manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells to Tesla for their electric vehicles and energy storage systems.


Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Together with our partner Tesla, we continue to revolutionize the lithium-ion battery space and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transportation.


Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by producing the world’s safest, high 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.

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.


Supplemental Information:

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. without restriction.

Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.



REQ: REQ-144462 Engineering

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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