Automation Specialist

Administration Rochester Hills, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan


About Us

At Genuine Cable Group (GCG), we are a leading North American distributor of wire, cable and connectivity solutions. GCG consists of six premier brands; SeacoastCobra Wire & CableElectro WireConnect-AirCPS Broadband and most recently, Empire.

At GCG We Make Connections Possible through a nationwide network of facilities providing the wire, cable and associated products and services that ensure connections, among families and friends, co-workers and customers, and the industrial equipment used across the country. Serving a wide variety of industries our experienced teams are Service-Oriented, Responsive and Values-Focused.

Job Description

Automation Specialist to provide engineering & technical support to Empire's sales staff and customers. Responsibilities include technical support for Automation Related Product Lines. Engineering work includes customer support for design, build, and programming of PLC, HMI, VFD, & Motion Control products along with startup assistance of supported product lines. This also may include designing complete or value add systems using product lines we sell for specific customer needs.


  • Technical Support of Inside Sales Team
  • Technical Support of Outside Sales & Product Specialists, possibly including customer visits and demonstrations
  • Be organized, professional in busy Office environment, ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Some in-state travel may be required, primarily in Eastern Michigan to Lansing area, occasional travel to West side of state for support. Travel out of State for training purposes may be required.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new and existing products, applications, and standards.
  • Technical support of automation related products and systems sold by the company.
  • Meeting vendor product and application knowledge requirements through successful completion of factory training, experience gained in the field and online.
  • Work with vendors, purchasing, customers and sales force to specify, design and build value added solutions for customer applications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4-year engineering electrical / engineering degree, or equivalent experience.
  • General understanding of Machine build process
  • 5+ years of experience working with Siemens Automation Products preferred.
  • 5+ years of Motion / Servo Application integration
  • 2+ years’ experience as a controls engineer; creating controls drawings, completing field installations, on-site troubleshooting and panel design expected
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) and the web required.