Automation Engineer

Company Statement

Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They’re the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that’s inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow.


Graham Packaging is looking for a controls engineer to work in our automation department.  The individual will have an advanced understanding of PLC controls systems and will design and apply Graham control technologies for new and existing machinery.  The individual will be responsible for supporting existing equipment by fielding technical support calls from our worldwide network of nearly 100 plant facilities.  Occasional travel will be required to plant facilities to start up new equipment, retrofit existing equipment, or provide technical support. This position is based at Graham Packaging’s Global Technology Center in York, PA.

Please be prepared to wear a mask at all times in our facilities unless you can provide proof of vaccination. This aligns with our commitment to take care of our employees and their families.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Automation Engineer include:

  • Design electrical control systems for high speed plastic packaging equipment.
  • Setup and configure industrial PC’s and PLC I/O.
  • Modify existing HMI and PLC software as necessary for job requirements.
  • Startup and debug of electrical control systems and machinery
  • Lead cross functional problem solving investigations using PDCA and A3 Thinking
  • Evaluate complex electrical controls issues and define solutions for all Graham facilities.
  • Evaluate plant feedback to recognize continuous improvement opportunities and provide feedback for technical innovations.
  • Develop and generate bills of material for manufacturing of electrical control panels.
  • Develop and generate electrical schematics using AutoCAD.
  • Develop necessary documentation for construction of electrical control panels and coordinate construction of these panels with electrical panel vendors.
  • Develop and improve “Standard Operating Procedures” as they apply to the execution of various automation projects.
  • Develop sensors and software on existing machinery that will record and analyze machine operational parameters and translate that knowledge into stable, repeatable and capable manufacturing processes
  • Travel to plant facilities for new machine startup, retrofitting of old control systems, or troubleshooting support.
  • Provide phone and internet troubleshooting support for machine controls at existing plant facilities
  • Provide advice and guidance to less experience team members.
  • 25 to 50 percent travel will be expected


Education and/or Work Experience Requirements

  • BS degree in Electrical or Controls Engineering
  • 5 years experience with electrical machine controls in a manufacturing environment or deployment of machine control systems

Core Proficiencies and Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of electrical control systems
  • Strong organizational and project management skills for mid-size to large projects
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong electrical troubleshooting skills
  • Advance knowledge of hydraulics and electro / mechanical systems
  • Advance knowledge of PID control (functionality and tuning)
  • Advance knowledge of AC and DC drives
    • Yaskawa
    • ABB
    • Emerson
    • Siemens
    • Bardac
  • Advance PLC programming experience.
    • Beckhoff
    • B&R
    • Allen Bradley
    • Automation Direct
    • Siemens
  • Advance HMI programming experience
    • Indusoft
    • Wonderware
    • Allen Bradley
    • Ignition
  • Knowledge of servo drives and controls
  • Experience with AutoCad or 2D schematic CAD software
  • Knowledge of NEC, NFPA70Em and UL508A as well as best practices for control panel design


EEO Disclaimer

Graham Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Full time
York, PA 17406, US