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Title:  Sr Controls Engineer

Requisition ID:  63989
Date:  May 30, 2024

Tempe, Arizona, US

Department:  Engineering


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

In this role, you will be responsible for PLC/controls, programming and troubleshooting of robotics and automation equipment.  Knowledge of industrial vision systems. Develop, build and program automated equipment. Develop continuous improvement plans for all assembly equipment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and maintain proper machine safeties to ensure employees are protected.
  • Create drawings and wiring diagrams in SolidWorks.
  • Proficient in vision systems i.e. Cognex, Keyence, etc.
  • Develop, build and program automated equipment to support production. 
  • Work closely with the other engineers on PLC programing changes needed to improve processes. 
  • PLC/Controls, mechanical troubleshooting and repair of all automation. 
  • Coordinate and Perform end of arm repairs and fabrication. 
  • Evaluates and maintains accurate documentation of automation repairs and adjustments.
  • Establish and maintain an escalation plan to minimize downtime.
  • Improve line efficiencies using line history and production data.  
  • Provide timely notification to shift leaders and program managers of maintenance and down time issues.
  • Interfaces daily with engineering manager and shift support staff.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education or Equivalent Experience: Technical degree.  5-10 years’ experience in PLC programming, servicing and  

repairing automation and robotics.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • PLC/Controls Engineering.
  • 5-10 years of experience in related industry.
  • Experience in automation equipment used in medical device industry or other regulated industry.
  • Knowledge of quality systems requirements, FDA Quality System Regulation, cGMP and ISO 9002.


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a 40-hour work week, plus overtime and/or irregular hours as required to complete assignments. May stand or sit for extended periods of time. Must transport oneself to and from other areas of the facility and travel to other divisions when necessary. Must have good visual acuity and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues.
  • Medical Device manufacturing requires strict adherence to standards. Working environment is a clean room manufacturing facility, which houses plastic injection molding machines. Must work constructively in an environment that may be stressful due to competing resources while at all times maintaining company confidentiality.













West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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