Exide Technologies Senior Electrical Controls Specialist in Columbus, Georgia


Exide Technologies, in Columbus, GA, is seeking a Controls Specialist to be Exide’s Subject Matter Expert in machine controls and programming.The successful candidate must be a self-starter with excellent problem solving, communication, and project management skills charged toimplement Lean Manufacturing improvements, support troubleshooting, and provide training to factory-level engineers and technicians.

We are hiring for all shifts.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential duties that include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  • Strong abilities with Programmable Logic Controllers, PLC.

  • Contribute to a team responsible for specifying, designing, acquiring, and validating manufacturing equipment and tooling.

  • Interface with equipment suppliers and Operations to assure new machinery is built, integrated, delivered, and run-off to Exide’s controls and programming standards.

  • Work with factory-level engineers and technicians to standardize controls and programming on legacy equipment.

  • Work with equipment suppliers as Exide’s controls and programming point of contact from project inception through start of production to insure equipment validation is complete and comprehensive.

  • Advise EHS, Operations, Engineering, and suppliers on OSHA-compliance and safe operating procedures for machinery and programming.

  • Design, develop, and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, equipment layouts, and electrical schematics using drafting tools and computer-aided design (CAD)/drafting equipment and software.

  • Recommend controls and programming modifications to eliminate machine and system malfunctions, minimize/eliminate operator errors, eliminate reoccurring equipment issues, increase efficiency, increase output, decrease set-up time, and decrease cost.


Language Skills:

  • Demonstrate an ability to read, interpret, and create PLC programming, including Ladder Diagram (LD), Sequential Function Charts (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD), Structured Text (ST), and Instruction List (IL).

PC Software Knowledge:

  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Windows based programs, AutoDesk CAD software (AutoCAD, Inventor, etc), MS Office, and MS Project.

  • Strong Allen-Bradley software programming experience, including RSLogix 5000/Studio 5000 Logix Designer

  • Experience programming VFDs, HMIs, servo drives, robotics, and other controllers

  • Experience with the creation, administration, troubleshooting, and internal/external interface of Ethernet machine networks

Work Environment:

  • Potential for exposure to lead, acid fumes, dirt, and noise. (Personal protective equipment and supplies are required and provided.)

Required Experience & Education:

  • 10+ years of experience with design, integration, programming, and troubleshooting complex automated control systems preferred.

  • 5+ years of experience as an industrial controls engineer in support of engineering/maintenance of plant operations preferred.

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, or related field preferred.

  • 10+ years of equivalent experience plus technical certifications in lieu of degree will also be considered

  • 15+ years of equivalent experience without a degree will also be considered

Travel, additional requirements:

  • Minimal travel for this position.


EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward - history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

Requisition ID 2018-2101

Category Engineering

Position Type Regular Full-Time