ZF Automated Controls Engineer in Mesa, Arizona

Automated Controls Engineer

Division A - Global Occupant Safety Systems


Job Description

Job Description:

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond.

Are you up for the challenge?

Position Description:

ZF's global Occupant Safety Systems (OSS) business develops technical solutions for passive safety systems: Seat Belt Systems (SBS), Steering Wheel Systems (SWS) and Inflatable Restraint Systems (IRS). With more than 25,000 employees around the world, OSS plays a strong role in ZF’s success. ZF is seeking a Controls Engineer who is experienced with Siemens PLC's for its Inflator plant located in Mesa, Arizona.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide Controls Engineering support and process improvement work for automated high volume manufacturing lines.

  • Provide production support for manufacturing lines from the cell controller down to the device level (includes ensuring accurate traceability data collection, troubleshooting, scrap and LAT reduction, and improved process reliability.VA/VE activities).

  • Support business unit objectives by prioritizing projects, designing interfaces for new equipment and making decisions that affect the long term production process.

  • Provide vendor management and supervision.

  • Manage machine controls for projects.

  • Create and maintain documents and/or databases with team support. Projects typically meet the immediate needs for the business unit. Such activities vary from clerical, to editorial, to creative; e.g. creation/revision of APQP documentation, MI, PI, SOP, maintenance of equipment configuration documents, etc.

  • May provide work to clerical support or unskilled labor including operators employees or technicians.

  • Work with team members to resolve customer issues related to quality and design, resolve issues relative to the process and equipment and implement the required changes to production lines.

  • Work with Design Engineering to implement changes due to product changes.

  • Review and make recommendations to improve product design and processes, using various analytical methods and tools (Design for Assembly, Manufacturing and Experiments).

  • Work with the core team (Design, Quality, Supplier Quality and Manufacturing Engineering) on new product development and implementation.

  • Approve design changes and verify these changes do not adversely affect the process.

Minimum Experience:

  • 2-3 years of experience with Siemens PLC's and HMI.

  • Previous experience with Motion Control.

  • Motors and drives.

  • Networks and Communications.

  • Machine Vision.

  • Robots.

  • Ability to create electrical drawings using CAD software.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have hand dexterity at moderate speed with accuracy for half of each day. Requires steady, active effort and continuous walking. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to work in all areas of the plant.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent.

As with all positions, will have responsibility for the following:

Safety and Environmental:

Safety Meetings, Safety Inspections, Incident Investigations and Corrective Actions, Protective Equipment, Safety/Environmental Regulations and Practices, Waste and Wastewater Management, Operations and Maintenance of Equipment, Pollution Prevention, Regulatory Updates.


Promotion of product quality and attainment of customer satisfaction by supporting plant quality objectives.


Supports and actively participates in continuous improvement activities and applies Lean principles in efforts to reduce variation in our products and our processes.

ZF Mesa Operations screening process includes a hair substance abuse screening test and verification of eligibility for employment for this position.


Required Education and Experience

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area







United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran