Engineering Specialist – Contr needed at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

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Job title : Engineering Specialist – Contr

Job Location : Gauteng, Pretoria

Deadline : June 22, 2024

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This position is for an engineering controls specialist with an emphasis on robotic controls & PLC specialization.
The responsible person will be required to develop, implement, monitor and maintain efficient automation controls processes.
To specialize in the continuous improvement, troubleshooting and programming of PLC’s/ Robots/Cobot as well as other automation equipment.


  • Well versed in ISO 9000 / ISO 14000 / TS 16949.
  • Initiates measures to improve equipment performance, methods and quality.
  • Manage all software and hardware installed on different types of equipment. 
  • Ensure minimal downtimes, proper documentation, software backups and version control.
  • Robot programming, fault finding design changes. 
  • Continuous robotic improvement of weld quality, sealer quality and location accuracy.
  • Reporting / presenting and escalate to management as needed.
  • Responsible for preventive maintenance updates on the robots and related equipment.
  • Optimization of preventive maintenance jobs based on break down analysis and findings.
  • To lead, set up and participate in cross-functional team meetings.
  • The propensity to take the lead in any breakdown situation.
  • Design, fault find and program using PLCs, HMI and SCADA.
  • Ability to read blueprints, AutoCAD, E-Plan, interpret and modify electrical schematics.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
  • Must be prepared to work shifts, and overtime as required.
  • Train and develop training documentation for maintenance personnel.


  • Improve TCF equipment uptime using data analysis and preventative maintenance planning
  • Undertake root cause analysis and to implement Permanent Corrective Actions (PCA’s).
  • Management of TCF constraints with the use of FIS, Scada reporting and monitoring technology.
  • Develop and implement activities to improve MTTR and MTBF.
  • Take responsibility for investigating and introducing new engineering technologies and strategies.
  • Ensure compliance and adherence for Health Charts.
  • Lead a team of Technicians.


  • Behavioral and leadership skills.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data analysis.
  • Self-Motivated, results-driven, competent, individual.
  • Read mechanical and electronic schematics to ensure adherence to specifications and standards.
  • Excellent troubleshooting / problem-solving abilities.
  • Always improving personal knowledge, looking for new ways and technologies to improve plant performance. 
  • Excellent troubleshooting / problem-solving methodologies such as 6 Sigma, 5 Why’s, Fishbone etc.
  • Able to work under pressure and should be a team player. 
  • Siemens, Mitsubishi PLC’s.  Must be able to Program, monitor, fault-find, and make improvements. 
  • Kawasaki and Fanuc robot fault finding and programming skill. Sealer systems experience an advantage.
  • SEW, Danfoss, Siemens drives working knowledge. 
  • Proficient in Automation networks including Ethernet, Profinet, Profibus and Wireless Networks. 
  • Fault-finding and continuous improvement execution and implementation.
  • HMI’s – Adroit, Win CC Scada fault finding and programming skill.
  • Excellent PC knowledge
  • Behavioral and Leadership skills.
  • Good presentation skills
  • Excellent English oral and written communication.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data analysis.
  • Self-Motivated, results-driven, and competent individual.
  • Read Mechanical and Electronic schematics to ensure adherence to specifications and standards.
  • Extensive knowledge of Electronics.
  • 6 Sigma trained/Certified.


  • Mechanical/Mechatronics/Electrical National Diploma (S- course) or Mechanical/Mechatronics/Electrical Engineering B-Tech.
  • Minimum of 5 years within the Automotive Industry and Maintenance background.
  • 2-3 Years in a Leadership role.

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