Director, Manufacturing Engineering and Automation

Emcore - Alhambra, CA

Posted a month ago


  • Drive all activities relating to ensuring existing and new equipment is built and running in accordance to specifitions. Including the troubleshooting, debugging, start-up and programming of all automated equipment.

  • Technical expert for electrical controls, process logic controls, robot installation, programming and troubleshooting, vision inspection system programming.

  • Support multiple PLC and other electrical controlled automated systems

  • The ability to program or modify HMI’s

  • Strong knowledge of Devicenet, Controlnet & Ethernet I/P network

  • Determine correct controls for all Poke Yokes (Vision Systems, PLC’s, Robotics).

  • Understand logic writing to create handshakes between the equipment and I.T Systems.

  • Coordinate the development in writing and maintaining effective maintenance specification and preventative maintenance programs on all equipment to ensure top performance for productivity.

  • The ability to build and wire control panels

  • Update all equipment drawings as changes are implemented.

  • Create training materials, as well as, conduct training of support personnel as required.

  • Participate in the design of custom process automation machines, equipment, systems, devices and fixtures to support assembly requirements.

  • Recommend equipment improvements and/or manufacturing methods for improvement and all equipment.

  • Coordinate all mechanical/electrical system modifications with external vendors, maintenance personnel

  • Support and assist maintenance personnel with diagnosing software and electrical system problems.

  • Work closely with production, maintenance and engineering to establish optimized performance of all equipment.

  • Identify and correct any safety issues inside the facility.

  • Ensure a safe working environment by observing safe work practices and by following all safety policies and procedures.

  • Exhibit a fair and consistent approach in supervising maintenance technicians, following the principles to ensure a satisfied and productive workforce

  • Support the quote preparation process by reviewing and selecting appropriate PLC products.

  • Initiate Engineering Change Requests (ECR) for appropriate equipment changes.

  • Assist in preparation of all quotes for new business as needed.

  • Assist in the negotiation of contracts with equipment vendors as needed.

  • Implement continuous improvement strategies to reduce scrap cost and improve productivity and quality.

  • Assists in the preparation and execution of all new program launches, including scheduling of all pilot build activities.

  • Assist in establishing departmental goals and KOI’s.

  • Assist in determining resolutions to customer issues through the implementation of process and design changes as they relate to equipment.

  • Ensure all process related documentation including FMEA, control plans and work instruction are released and maintained on time and in proper order.


  • 5-10 years of management experience

  • Experience with opto-electronic assembly operations

  • 4+ years applied machine vision technology

  • 4+ years in manufacturing, automation and/or converting support

  • Applied machine vision technologies including lighting, optics, electronics, and imaging algorithms

  • Applied control system technology including PLCs, operator interfaces and drives a plus

  • Solid understanding of principles used in multi-axis robotic systems, conveyor transport systems,

  • Strong “hands-on” capability in the installation and programming robotic and PLC controls systems in a manufacturing environment.

  • Understanding of manufacturing, assembly, sequencing and equipment principles

  • Creative problem solving skills

  • Positive interpersonal skills in verbal communication, and group interaction at all levels of the organization; strong written communication skills

  • Proven ability to initiate, coordinate, and implement team efforts with maintenance support groups and production


  • Machine Vision programming in .Net platform a plus

  • Project Management experience a plus

  • Hands-on workbench skills


  • BS Degree in Electrical, Mechatronic or Controls Engineering

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered

Due to the nature of the products, the candidate must be a U.S. person as defined under ITAR and EAR regulations – generally either (i) a US Citizen or National of the United States or (ii) a lawful permanent resident (i.e., "Green Card holder") of the United States.

EMCORE Corporation and Systron Donner Inertial (SDI) are equal opportunity employers (EOE) that value and respect the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of each company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, sex (including childbirth, breast feeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, disability, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of each company.

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