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Process Development Engineer II (PENA)

REQ: REQ-140912 Engineering

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

Process Development Engineer II

Work Shift:

Monday - Friday



Essential Duties:

  • 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
  • Assists in design, development, implementation, and analysis of technical products and systems.
  • Assists senior engineer and management in the preparation of plans, designs, computation, and reports.
  • Applies broad knowledge and skills in the research or application of new technology
  • Evaluates, selects, and applies standard techniques, procedures, and criteria to perform a task or sequence of tasks for conventional projects with few complex features
  • Collaboratively uses judgement to determine adaptations in methods for nonroutine aspects of assignments
  • Works on small projects or portions of larger projects and initiatives
  • Receives instruction on specific objectives
  • Receives direction on unconventional and/or complex problems, and possible solutions
  • 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 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:  Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar discipline
  • Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar discipline

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 years of controls/automation engineering experience
  • 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
  • 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 Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English

Preferred 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
  • Knowledge of 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
  • 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)

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:                                                       20%
  • Walk:                                                   50%
  • 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.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Frequent
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Frequent

REQ: REQ-140912 Engineering

  • Sparks, NV, United States
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