Job Title

Senior Automation Engineer

The Role

  • Senior Automation Engineer
  • Sligo
  • Onsite role
  • Permanent or Contractor

Role Brief

As a Senior Automation Engineer you will be responsible for providing subject matter expect software support for wide ranging manufacturing processes. You will participate in design, planning and support of the introduction of high-speed automation lines.

This role provides technical leadership in areas of PLC communications, vision and RFID communications while driving activities at the supplier(s) to ensure automation & software support is achieved. You will direct the works of technical, validation and less experienced engineering staff and will also interface with product team members, department managers, designers/equipment manufacturers, R&D, quality, and regulatory personnel.


  • Control and implement any relevant engineering changes.
  • Independently conceive and develop approaches to the solution of problems which require application of advanced technical knowledge – applies working knowledge of related disciplines.
  • Solve problems with a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials and difficult coordination requirements.
  • Independently design and lead complex engineering studies and experiments often with multiple variables.
  • Analyse complex problems and identify their impact as well as establish probabilities.
  • Draw conclusions reflecting broad business needs.
  • Set complex design and process requirements.
  • Complete documentation in a timely manner and in accordance with business standards.
  • Lead and/or participate on technical cross-functional teams to support organizational goals.
  • Understand and comply with applicable EHS policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned

Skills Brief

  • Expert knowledge on PLC programming with Allen Bradley/Siemens/Codesys controls systems.
  • Expert knowledge of Cognex vision systems.
  • Working knowledge of RFID communications.
  • Experience in generation / execution of software test plans.
  • Experience in FAT, SAT, commissioning & validation of high-speed automation equipment

Person Brief

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industry Automation, Mechatronics, Computer science, Electrical engineering or equivalent technical experience and demonstrated competence.
  • 4+ years of experience in an automation engineering role with at least 2 years of this in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) environments (Life Sciences, Pharma, Medical Devices).
  • Based in the Sligo area or within a reasonable commute and able to be onsite daily as the role does not offer remote working.

Opportunity Brief

This is an excellent opportunity to work with clients who are global leaders in their field, helping to develop and improve upon industry leading technology solutions. SL Controls offer a supportive environment committed to employee development and wellness, along with a competitive and rounded compensation package, which rewards high performers.

Company Brief

SL Controls are experts in the area of Equipment System Integration and System Support. We specialise in assisting our customers, including many of the world’s top multinational companies in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, achieve their Six Sigma and OEE targets.

Over the past 20 years we have grown our business from a Sligo based enterprise into an international business with additional offices in Galway, Limerick, Leinster and Florida USA.

We pride ourselves on our expertise in industrial IT integration and regulatory compliance in support of global end users, OEM’s and Technology providers.

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