Tenneco Associate Controls Engineer in Jeffersonville, Indiana

Associate Controls Engineer

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Job Description


Shall provide advanced controls programming and debugging which includes but not limited to, writing initial programs on new launches, rewriting programs for model year changes and performing Lean/Waste reduction and optimization by reducing/eliminating scrap material. Additionally, in order to effectively perform problem solving that impacts safety, quality and cost, the candidate shall perform PLC and HMI modifications and enhancements. The job will require involvement with Manufacturing Team to ensure product shipment requirements are met.


  • Shall understand and be proficient in writing programs for various brand of PLCs, in a compressed launch schedule, which includes writing programs from scratch.

  • Trouble shooting fixture and weld booth issue to include but not limited to sensor feedback and relay logic.

  • Shall work with Engineer’s, AME and possibly customers, in NPIS/LEAN events to improve launch performance.

  • Shall work ‘one-on-one’ with automation integrators to ensure the most proficient use and launch of automation projects.

  • Shall work with the Electrical Engineering team to optimize automation and automation integration.

  • Shall efficiently and effectively identify and help diagnose production tooling and equipment problems on automated equipment, correct problems and improve manufacturing.

  • Shall provide support to manufacturing to optimize processes and correct problems with robotic machines, tooling, etc. maintaining a priority of safety, quality and productivity.

  • Will actively participate with NPIS teams to evaluate and provide input for assembly, tooling, and equipment prints for existing and new program changes; especially where there is automation.

  • Shall set up and conduct quality tests under operational conditions to investigate design feasibility for new design proposals, and obtain data for development, standardization, and quality control.

  • Shall record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical/statistical data, and using facts and data, provide recommendations for changes in product or test method.

  • Must perform his/her job within acceptable safety, environmental, quality, productivity and performance standards as outlined in plant policies, handbook and applicable work instructions.

  • Shall perform tooling setup and adjustment of production equipment to meet blueprint specifications.

  • Must be willing to assist in other areas of support when requested

  • Shall assist in technical training of manufacturing team members.

  • Interface with manufacturing to ensure a safe, team oriented environment which includes ongoing safety and ergonomic reviews.

  • Team member should be flexible in working traditional and non-traditional work hours, as required.

  • Team member will be expected to travel and shall, if they do not already possess it, have a valid Passport.EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty efficiently and effectively. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. These qualifications will be taken into consideration for placement in wage progression. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Computer Engineering

  • Engineering Tech Degrees accepted with experience in related field

  • Advanced Allen Bradley, Panasonic, Schmersal, Fuji and Mitsubishi programming experience

  • Advanced working knowledge of COGNEX and Keyence vision systems

  • Must have a proven record and evidence of programming and debugging robots, pendant control; preferably >2 to 3 years of Robotic manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Must be able to work independently but perform effectively and sometimes serve as a leader in a team environment and have the ability to lead teams

  • Previous experience in maintenance or technical training preferred

  • Required excellent knowledge of blueprint reading and ability to diagram/draft parts as necessary

  • Requires basic PC skills- work processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

  • Working knowledge of the SAP product is preferable

  • Advanced understanding of MIG welding processes and weld terminology and symbology preferable.

  • Ability to apply and understand precision measuring instruments, tooling and machinery.

  • Possess a good understanding of the Tenneco Quality System and TS-16949 & ISO 2001 regulations.

  • Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification required. If candidate is not already a certified 6-Sigma Green Belt, then the individual awarded the job must successfully become a certified Green Belt training within 1 year of being awarded the job; failure to comply will invalidate the person from the job and will require the person to step out of the job.LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Understanding of ANSI Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing is necessary to perform job adequately. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.REASONING ABILITY The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.WORK ENVIRONMENTThe 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.While performing the required duties of this job the technician will be working in very tight spaces. It is necessary to work in an area with live energy to the robot while making changes to the robot program: running the robot through its motions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.PPE is always required when in manufacturing areas including hearing/eye protection, steel toed shoes, gloves, etc, and LOTO policies must always be followed.Employee work performance:No disciplinary actions for 90 days, current attendance at less than 4.0 points, and 6 months of service preferred.



  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as robotic manuals, PLC ladder logic, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with Integrators, Customers, and/or employees of organization.

  • High noise levels

  • Varying temperatures (hot to cold)

  • Fumes at welding stations

  • Confined work space

  • Buffing/grinding dust in some areas

  • Wet slippery floors in some areas


  • Extensive standing, walking, upper body twisting, arm and hand motion, some foot motion

  • Manual dexterity

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs required

  • Good visual acuity

  • Potential skin exposure to chemical-based fluids such as coolant, drawing compound, lubricating oils, etc.

Job Location

Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States

Position Type


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