Controls Specialist

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics
Michigan, USA View on Map
Apply Before : September 9, 2024
Job Description

As directed by supervisor, works on the programming and integration of robotic products with systems and machinery controls peripherals. Assist in the development of ease-of-use software applications for 2 party components.  Will have electrical, mechanical, and software focus.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Enforce safety standards in-house and on-site.
  • Support as directed in the programming, runoff, installation, start up and on-site duties necessary for final acceptance of robotic hardware and systems.
  • ¬†Develop interfaces with 3 party end effector technologies through software application development and / or traditional I/O communication
  • Develop and review electrical drawing packages of development projects.
  • Communicate directly with the customer and provide technical support and debug as directed at customer locations.
  • Assist and provide input to generate and manage project schedules, adhere to project budget, and interface with engineering team.
  • Follow ISO guidelines for specified work procedures and provide input when quality improvement opportunities are encountered.
  • Support the development of robotic systems to meet customer specific applications.
  • Execute robotic and controls validation tests to prove total system reliability.
  • Assist in technical proposals with Application Engineering and / or other personnel.
  • Coordinate with project manager and supporting engineers and communicate as needed on project status and problem resolution.
  • Be fluent in and able to program in C# program language as well as program PLCs in ladder logic.
  • Attend project kick off meetings, design reviews with customers, suppliers, and/or other departments to provide input that ensures sound designs and programming accuracy.
  • May be responsible for supporting development of standard solutions to be used by all Yaskawa Motoman in engineering applications.
  • May assist in preparing and presenting engineering change documentation.



Must be able to travel up to 25% and hold a valid driver’s license.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Technical or Associate degree and minimum four (4) years related experience.

Demonstrate technical proficiency in two (2) or more distinct robotic application areas (i.e. welding, cutting, case packing, palletizing, painting, dispensing, abrading, etc…) Paint and Dispense experience is preferred.




Programming skills and process expertise with regard to robotic/automated equipment is essential.  Specifically socket programming experience for TCP / UDP communication. Developing applications in C programming language. PLC ladder logic knowledge is preferred. Capable of developing electrical prints in AutoCAD or Eplan. Good communication skills necessary.  Work requires ingenuity to plan and implement projects under general supervision, to examine advanced subjects, to use independent judgment to make decisions under established policies.


Good organizational skills, ability to solve problems, strong verbal and written communication skills and computer literate. Must have good negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Employee must be able to work with minimal supervision, conferring with supervisor on unusual matters. Has some latitude for action and decision making. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups and managers, clients, and customers.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.  The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee should anticipate four hours a day/minimum at PC.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, UV exposure, fumes, spark and heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Duties may require the occasional use of/contact with/exposure to various hazardous materials (such as, but not limited to grease, oils, lubricants, paint, thinner, parts cleaner, etc.).  Employees should have basic awareness of hazardous materials cautions.  Those directly using the materials must have specific knowledge of material in use.


Motoman is an EEO employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)