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Automation & Robotics Engineer



Georgia-Pacific is seeking an Automation & Robotics Engineer to join our plywood team supporting eight (8) manufacturing facilities. The Automation & Robotics Engineer will have responsibility for project execution to include project conceptualization, development, and engineering field support. This is a dynamic role, working with the facilities to identify opportunities and develop innovative automation & robotics solutions and once proven scale across the enterprise. The Automation & Robotics Engineer also performs field service support as required for the solutions they implement. This role will report to the Plywood Automation and Robotics Engineering Manager.

This is a remote, work from home position for the right candidate who resides in a location in Eastern or Central Time Zones. 

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Deploy available automation technology to improve, streamline and automate a manufacturing process, responsible for planning, implementation, and project execution.
  • Exploring and implementing NEW ways to automate manual plywood manufacturing processes.
  • Developing innovative equipment designs for new and existing equipment. 
  • Streamline the manufacturing process and make it as efficient as possible while still maintaining product quality and adhering to internal protocols and external regulations.
  • Defining opportunities to develop and deploy custom robotics, machine design concepts and computer vision solutions.
  • Visiting sites to work with the cross functional teams to define automation opportunities
  • Working with different operations and manufacturing leaders, engineers, and vendors to determine optimal solutions for automating their applications.
  • Continually learning and researching new technologies and incorporating them into automated design and robotics, in both a controls and programming capacity. 
  • Developing and modifying PLC, HMI programs and computer vision.
  • Optimize robotic path motions to maximize efficiency, safety, and quality for our customers. 
  • Providing support for equipment in the field. 
  • Identify, understand, and troubleshoot mechanical issues. Performing preventive or corrective maintenance on automation systems and components.
  • Training internal GP customers to use and maintain systems. 
  • Physical ability to work on and around industrial equipment, including occasional lifting up to 50lbs and frequent climbing of stairs/ladders up to 100 feet 

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering field with emphasis on automation
  • Five (5) or more years of experience working with the development and implementation of automation, robotic simulation, and experience with vision systems
  • Experience in electrical design, programming, schematics, control system integration, and analysis of electrical applications of automated machinery
  • Experience with product/material handling equipment, packaging, and conveyor systems 
  • Programming (PLC, Robot, Vision) experience 
  • Willing and able to travel at least 75% 
  • Physical ability to work on and around industrial equipment, including occasional lifting up to 50lbs and frequent climbing of stairs/ladders up to 100 feet 

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Experienced with developing Proof-of concept automation
  • Developing patented process and applications – hold patent
  • Deep Learning Computer Vision experience 
  • Thermal/IR image processing experience 
  • Mobile robot navigation and path planning experience 
  • Computer programming and software development and troubleshooting abilities
  • Understanding of project development methodology
  • Experience with ABB and Fanuc robots
  • Working knowledge and experience of Allen Brady control systems (Control logic PLC platform, Power Flex Drives, Kinetix Drives, Factory Talk)
  • Ability to read and develop electrical schematics using CAD software and 3D mechanical schematics
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulic experience

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test. 
This employer uses E-Verify.  Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf


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