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Exide Technologies Controls Engineer in Fort Smith, Arkansas


The Controls Engineer is responsible for the engineering projects as specified by the Engineering and/or Plant Manager. Design, development, and support of projects.

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To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Create and maintain Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) programs.

  • Contribute to the 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 will run to Exide’s controls and programming standards.

  • Work with factory-level engineers and technicians to standardize controls 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 operator errors, eliminate reoccurring equipment issues, increase efficiency, increase output, decrease set-up time, and decrease cost.

  • Configure HMI systems (touch screen).

  • Research suppliers for assembly components and create electrical bill of materials for existing or new projects.

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

  • Utilize lean concepts on projects throughout the plant to achieve goals.

  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the Engineering Manager.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability necessary to do this job.

Education, Experience, Certifications:

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

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

  • 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).

  • Allen Bradley experience required.

  • Experience powering up electrical systems, troubleshoot and hardware configuration.

  • Experience with servo motors, power drives and overhead cranes.

  • Familiar with UL standards and motion controls.

Competencies, Skills, Knowledge:

  • 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.

  • Working knowledge of Inductive Automation’s Ignition software is a plus.

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

  • Exposure to Cognex or Keyence is preferred.

  • Ability to interact with SQL Database


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear

  • Able to sit, stand for at least two hours at a time

  • Able to sit, bend, crawl, squat, kneel and climb.

  • Able to use both arms and hands to use a computer and peripherals

  • Able to lift 40 pounds from floor level.

  • Able to work below ground level in confined spaces and on stationary or mobile elevated platforms.

  • Able to wear respirator and other PPE as required.

  • Able to work extended shifts and weekends as needed.

  • Individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles

  • Individual occasionally exposed to precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock

  • Noise level is minimal to loud

  • Regularly working in a dirty lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside or the regulated areas

  • Minimal travel required within North America.

  • This is a full time position, and working at the plant is required


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.

Job Locations AR-Fort Smith

Requisition ID 2020-2656

Category Engineering

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Address 4115 So. Zero Street

Postal Code 72908