Automation and Controls Engineer

Engineering Broomfield, Colorado


Position at Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

The Role

Hunter Douglas is looking for a motivated and creative engineer to join our automation and controls team!  You will get to work on a variety of projects ranging from designing controls for new machine builds and adding controls to older machines. In an average week you will design controls (some motions systems), troubleshoot on calls with maintenance,  identify network issues and work with IT, wire in test PLC’s, work with mechanical process engineers on commissioned projects, help order parts and get quotes, and see projects through from inception to implementation. There is never a dull moment and the projects you work on will keep you challenged, learning, and engaged. You get to be hands-on in every step of the process in controls. As our Automations and Controls Engineer, you will get to manage your own time on projects, work collaboratively with others, and play an integral role in improving our equipment and processes.


About You

You enjoy variety in your responsibilities and can manage your time well. You thrive when you are troubleshooting, solving problems, and collaborating with others. You have a strong customer service mindset and are a true professional.  You have mechanical aptitude and can design and build electrical panels. You have a desire to continue to learn and increase your skills.

Acceptable Training and Experience 

  • Associates Degree in Electrical Technology, Mechatronics or equivalent work experience in lieu of degree.
  • Previous experience with electrical/mechanical control systems in a manufacturing environment.

Qualifications and KSA’s

Expert knowledge of the application of PLC’s and functions when used in the design of production equipment.

Solid knowledge of the NEC (National Electrical Code).

Solid knowledge of the principles of wiring and AC/DC electrical control circuits.

Solid knowledge of programmable devices in the area of controllers, motion-control, and human-machine interfaces.

Solid knowledge of prototype building within various mediums such as, metals, woods and resins.

Solid knowledge of the principles of shop math.

Solid knowledge of and experience with electrical wiring and panel layout. Knowledge of Ohms and Watts Law.

Solid knowledge of motor capacity needs for use in the design and building of production equipment.

Solid knowledge of AC/DC, servo, stepper and vector motors.

Solid knowledge of supply voltages 120, 208, 480 volt single and 3 phase systems.

Solid knowledge of the principles of pneumatics and hydraulics when determining control and tension points as used in the operational design of equipment.

Skill in working with, and knowledge of, the use of voltmeters, ohmmeters and ammeters and hand tools such as drills.

Ability to safely use and operate such equipment as, welding equipment, lathes mills and various hand tools.

Ability to read and understand schematics and technical drawings.


Job details

The Automation and Controls Engineer is responsible for the conception, specification, design, and implementation of automated manufacturing equipment/systems. This position requires considerable technical depth in the field of machine design, where the automation of a process is the primary objective. Controls knowledge includes: PLC’s, motion controllers, AC/DC motors, step motors, servo motors, vector motors, drives for the above motors, and human-machine interfaces (HMIs.) The Automation and Controls Engineer builds, installs, repairs, and debugs malfunctions of the controls that operate the equipment. He/she also documents control schematics for each designed system using CAD software.

  •  Design and development of supervisory control, motion control, and data acquisition systems, utilizing advanced and innovative HMI (human machine interface), motion, and instrumentation solutions, for the automation of manufacturing/process equipment.
  • Originates designs based on results obtained from process prototyping and team input. This position requires independently reviewing and implementation of designs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency at integrating computer hardware/software, motion control and instrumentation components, as an automated system solutions.
  • Exhibit an advanced understanding of motion control, instrumentation, and HMI solutions, strategies, theories, and current automation industry practices.
  • Possess strong computer skills, including disciplined programming experience in PLC and motion control systems. SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) and industrial machine/computer network experience desired.
  • Demonstrate excellent troubleshooting skills with extensive hands-on experience programming PLC’s and other motion controllers. Strong working knowledge of industrial control system design including; instrumentation, data communications, motor controls, and industrial electrical wiring practices is required.
  • Conceptualizes, creates and documents all electrical circuit wiring and PLC computer programs that have been designed for the equipment. Uses CAD software and PLC programs for documentation, builds and installs all controls, panels and peripherals into production equipment, tests and monitors equipment performance and compliance with engineering specifications for the equipment.
  • Debugs operational problems with controls through discussions with representatives of the engineering department, production supervisors, equipment operators and control system distributors and service personnel.
  • Researches and evaluates advanced automation and controls technology to solve technical process problems. When required he/she attends workshops, seminars or supplier classes to gain technical training.
  • Specifies all controls related equipment and parts. Works with Buyers to source suppliers for prototype building and equipment needs. Prepares proposal of cost estimates, time and duration and related expenses and justifications for equipment or process builds, changes and upgrades.

About the Company: 
Beautiful design, industry-leading innovation, and a highly entrepreneurial global culture - all parts of your daily life at Hunter Douglas, the world’s leader in window fashions and maker of iconic architectural products.  

Our nine-decade history has created a legacy of innovations and achievements. Most recently, we're pioneering exciting new digital technologies that transform stylish window treatments into intelligent smart shades for today's connected homes.

With the resources of a multi-billion dollar company and the energy and independence of a start-up, Hunter Douglas provides a unique entrepreneurial work environment in which passionate, creative, and cutting-edge thinkers can thrive.

About the Window Fashions Division:
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division is located in Broomfield, Colorado, midway between Boulder and Denver with outstanding views of the Rockies. The campus encompasses 756,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.  Roughly 1000 employees work at this location to produce proprietary and upscale products such as Duette® Honeycomb Shades, 


Benefits of working for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions include:

  • Generous paid time off that accrues immediately; 11 paid holidays, new parent and family care time off and 12 hours of paid volunteer work.
  • Medical, dental, vision plan, life, STD, LTD, AD&D, dependent life, flexible spending accounts, pre-paid legal, and pet insurance.
  • 401(k) with 6% company match and annual retirement contribution, college investment savings program.
  • Employee development including education tuition assistance, and on-site development through Hunter Douglas University.
  • Robust wellness program; on-site managed fitness center free to employees.
  • Generous discount on window coverings.
  • Charitable contribution match, employee assistance program, adoption assistance, dependent scholarships, on-site physical therapists and more!