Automation and Controls Engineer R&D

Engineering Broomfield, Colorado


Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.

Automation and Controls Engineer R&D

The Role

You are tired of doing the same thing day in and day out, supporting older machinery, and you want to do something that will challenge your automation and controls skills. The person in this role will be the automation and controls expert on our R&D team. You will be a part of creating and designing controls for new machinery. When working on R&D equipment things are constantly changing and you will have a say in how the process evolves. R&D is fun and ever changing and in this role you get to be a part of the creation from the ground up while working with a small team, and will have exposure to a variety of groups within Hunter Douglass as well as variety of projects. This is an opportunity to stretch your skills and to research and learn about new technology and try new ways of doing things.

 About You

You are hands-on, enjoy creating and trouble-shooting. You are true team player and love to teach and learn from your coworkers. You Like to try new things and are not afraid to reach out for help or do a little research to solve a problem. You enjoy variety in your responsibilities and a challenge to your day. You have mechanical aptitude. 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.
  • Must have demonstrable experience in the design and automation of manufacturing equipment/systems. Plus, previous experience with electrical/mechanical control systems in a manufacturing environment.
  • 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.

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 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 excellent troubleshooting skills with extensive hands-on experience programming PLC’s and other motion controllers.
  • The Engineer conceptualizes, creates and documents all electrical circuit wiring and PLC computer programs that have been designed for the equipment. He/she 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. He/she debugs operational problems with controls through discussions with representatives of the engineering department, production supervisors, equipment operators and control system distributors and service personnel.
  • The Engineer insures continuous compliance to NFPA, OSHA, and Arc Flash guidelines, and National Electrical Code (NEC) by inspecting pre-existing controls that are being used on production equipment. He/she makes sure that all systems are brought into code compliance and all Hunter Douglas machine building standards.
  • The Engineer 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.
  • The Engineer specifies all controls related equipment and parts. He/she works with Buyers to source suppliers for prototype building and equipment needs.

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!