Automation & Controls Engineer
Dover, NH Technical Services
Job Type

Welch Fluorocarbon, Inc. is currently looking to fill the role of Product Development Engineer ll for our Technical Services Team.

Since 1985, Welch Fluorocarbon has specialized in providing thermoformed and heat-sealed products to a variety of customers. We utilize the best, thin, high-performance films. Welch Fluorocarbon was founded to answer the industry’s demand for high-performance plastic products.

Our corporate culture is a true team environment where there is a presence of clear purpose, the strength of real community and the celebration of individual creativity. Every day we prove that “the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.” The foundation of our culture is based on the core ideology of balance. At Welch Fluorocarbon, we believe that balance is achieved when all people involved in a transaction are satisfied with the outcome. As part of our culture and promoting balance for Team Members lives, Welch provides a competitive benefits package.

Company Paid Benefits – No Cost to Team Members

• 100% Paid Health and Dental Insurance Premiums for you and your family

• Partial reimbursement of any deductibles you may incur for each family member per year

• 100% Paid Life, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance

• 120 hours of Personal Time Off (PTO) pay

• 10 Paid Holidays annually

• Flextime

• 401K Company match up to 5% after one year of employment

• Education reimbursement, up to $1,500.00 annually after one year of employment

• BJ’s Wholesale Club membership

• Team Member Referral Bonus Program

Additional Voluntary Benefits – Payroll Deductions

• 401K Plan enrollment after 30 days of employment from your start date

• Vision Insurance plans for you and your family

• Aflac Insurance available for additional coverages

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Design and manufacture of automated manufacturing and control systems
  • Design, prototype, commission, trouble-shoot and continuous improvement of equipment needed for new or existing product or customer product programs
  • Assemble, test, and troubleshoot automated manufacturing equipment
  • To act as Technical Lead and support Technical Leadership when working with External Contractors on Automation projects.
  • Direct the work of more junior engineers and technicians in support of given programs as they are made      available, mentoring & leading by example
  • New Product & Process design & development
  • To lead as the thought leader on assigned development programs, considering all technical aspects required to bring given programs to commercial success 
  • Working together with the project team (Welch TM’s) and the Customer (as necessary) conceive, design, and develop new products and processes through engineering analysis, prototyping, risk assessment, and qualification testing from earliest concept to release to manufacturing 
  • Design and verification of tools, gauges and equipment needed for new product or customer product programs.
  • Manufacture and verification of initial part prototypes.
  • Together with the Project Team and the PD Team, support the qualification processes, eventually leading to release to manufacturing
  • Design and lead experiments to confirm/uncover or resolve design questions
  • Assemble, test and troubleshoot automated manufacturing equipment
  • Create manufacturing documentation for new products and processes
  • Support of Existing Products as needed
  • Evaluate, document, and implement design or process changes to improve performance, manufacturability, safety, and/or cost of existing products/processes with associated tooling/equipment
  • Troubleshooting of complex automation system issues to discover root cause and implement permanent solutions
  • Mentoring of other engineers and technicians on programming logic and machine troubleshooting
  • Other miscellaneous tasks as may be assigned from time to time
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s  degree in an Engineering (or Engineering Technology) field
  • Mechanical engineering is preferred, but other disciplines will also be considered
  • At least 5 - 7 years of demonstrated engineering experience
  • Knowledge of machine design, simple electrical design, and understanding of common manufacturing practices
  • Some knowledge of plastic part fabrication techniques (common forming/sealing methods & equipment), thermoforming is particularly valuable
  • Proficient computer skills; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. with the ability to learn new ones
  • Documentation systems; Change orders, writing specs, quality systems, ISO requirements
  • Proficient in Solidworks or other 3D CAD software
  • Specification of automation hardware and software
  • Control system design
  • PLC and HMI programming and Robotics
  • Knowledge of drawing standards (geometric tolerancing, etc.)
  • Experience with CNC machining and/or manual machining desired but not required
  • Air and motor vehicle travel (either in the US or internationally) when required (<5% of time)

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift 30 pounds without help of equipment, but using proper lifting techniques
  • Able to ascend/descend ladders, stairs, and crouch/kneel (for short periods) To have sufficient visual acuity (with correction if necessary) to see small parts, part defects, and read computer monitors/documentation
  • Able to work in conditions of high heat and humidity above 90 degrees F for several hours at a time
  • Able to sit for several hours at a time when performing design work or doing data analysis

Must be able to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form. Must be able to pass criminal background check.