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Electrical Engineer

Apply Job ID REF5997V Date posted 04/06/2022 Address 1140 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Itasca, IL Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader with revenues totaling $12.6 billion in 2020. The company’s seven industry-leading segments leverage the unique ITW Business Model to drive solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW’s approximately 45,000 dedicated colleagues around the world thrive in the company’s decentralized and entrepreneurial culture.

Hi-Cone, a division of ITW, is a leading supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems for global beer, soft drink and general products industries. We are advocates of packaging alternatives that generate sustained margin contributions for our customers and major retailers. Our customers demand maximum quality, exceptional value, market performances and innovation. We meet those demands by offering cost-effective minimal packaging responsive to environmental concerns.


The Electrical Manufacturing Engineering responsibilities include planning and executing the electrical design and implementation tasks related to the carrier manufacturing process across Hi-Cone’s four manufacturing plants. The project assignments will vary from minor machine enhancements to complete process improvement initiatives. The candidate will gain proficiency in electrical requirements within a manufacturing plant, researching, designing, and modifying manufacturing equipment, and conferring with equipment vendors. The position will interface with other engineers, plant managers, plant maintenance staff, and manufacturing operators. 

In addition to selecting components, creating schematics, troubleshooting and creating Bills of Materials, the Electrical Engineer will develop new control systems in coordination with mechanical functional requirements as well as specific customer needs.  This individual will design electrical upgrades for existing installed equipment base and support installation and debug of new machine placements.  The position will interface with other engineers, sales, marketing, systems service, customers, and machine builders.  The candidate must be able to handle multiple assignments, priorities, and schedules.   

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects from concept, design, and financial justification through implementation within project schedule and budget.
  • Create electrical schematics and diagrams based on machinery control requirements.
  • Organize bills of materials using components selected based on cost and lead time considerations.
  • Develop PLC and HMI control system programs for a diverse installed machine base.
  • Develop electrical standards and technical documentation including functional and design specifications
  • Develop schedules and budgets for projects
  • Collaborate with mechanical design groups, on-site maintenance team, and external vendors to ensure successful implementation assigned projects.
  • Develop new panel layouts, schematics, BOMs, and programs to address obsolete components in aging machinery
  • Integrate servo control platforms as a means to increase machinery flexibility and improve overall performance.
  • Provide solutions to integration challenges associated with plant equipment.
  • Provide support for electrical and PLC control issues (either on-site, by phone or on-line)
  • Provide unscheduled emergency troubleshooting and repairs of production equipment in the field.
  • Maintain up to date and current back-up documentation of all electronic machine and controller programs and effectively communicate any changes to appropriate personnel.
  • Maintain current and up to date documents of adjustable parameters such as program recipes.
  • Practices LOTO and follows safe electrical work practices – serves as a leader in safe electrical working practices, teaching others to follow.
  • Modify existing equipment to improve efficiency, speed, and quality across the plants.
  • Manage projects from concept, design, and financial justification through implementation within project schedule and budget.

Systems / Technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • Modern and Legacy PLC Technology – AB 5000, 500, 5; Siemens S7
  • Communication Protocols – Ethernet/IP, Devicenet, RS232, MODBUS
  • Servo Technology – Allen Bradley, Siemens, Kollmorgen
  • VFD Motor Controls – Allen Bradley, Yaskawa, Lenze
  • Control Programming Methods – Ladder, Function Block, Structured Text
  • HMI Development – Factory Talk, WinCC
  • DC Motor Controllers – Baldor, Danfoss
  • Legacy Hardware – Relay logic, Function Boards, Mechanical Timers
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years of demonstrated knowledge in control systems design for machinery
  • Excellent document management skills
  • Understanding of global safety standards and electrical codes of practice, include UL, CSA, & CE
  • Proven experience with advanced servo systems
  • Proven history of working independently and managing multiple assignments
  • Effective communicator capable of independent as well as team collaboration
  • Creative designer committed to timely completion of assignments
  • Ability to work in a fast paced team environment is essential, with a high degree of flexibility and tolerance of change
  • Extensive hands-on experience with automated production equipment including building and testing electrical panels and prototype assemblies for R&D purposes
  • Previous experience with IIOT implementation is a plus
  • Proficient with MS Office Products
  • Up to 30% travel, including some international travel
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

    TW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

    As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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