Engineering Technician, Automation in Temecula, CA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 5/7/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

General Summary

Seeking an Automation Engineering Tech to perform a variety of automation engineering work in planning, designing, and modifying fixtures, tools, automated work-cells and manufacturing processes to support the department standards. This individual will resolve engineering problems involved in the manufacturing of parts or products, as well as program and support robots and PLC systems.

Key Work Performed

  • Determines and troubleshoots manufacturing processes and equipment at all levels of complexity. Identify, lead, and implement process and equipment improvements. Addresses and documents cause and corrective action issues to prevent future problem occurrences.

  • Designs and implements quality improvement systems and error-proofing. Maintains and updates tooling drawings.

  • Programs and supports all types of robots including: 6 axis, Cartesian, spider robots etc. Required Fanuc Robot program and operation experience.

  • Commissions and makes program changes to PLCs, drives, and vision systems.

  • Trains and supports maintenance/other engineering techs, set-up techs and operators on new equipment and supports technical staff in complex troubleshooting.

  • Develop, design, and specify process equipment.

  • Coordinate day to day issues and project work such as equipment receipt and installation alongside the maintenance staff.

  • Provide management with engineering drawings of new and proposed projects, plant layouts, and equipment modifications.

  • Conduct time studies to continually expand and improve product cost standards. Calculates cost savings and makes recommendations based on analysis.

  • Should be able to use 3D SolidWorks and generate drawings for machining

  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned

  • Uses required PPE and follows safe work and housekeeping practices.

  • Verifies conformance of machined and purchased components to prints and specifications.

  • Analyzes assembly prints and specifications, and plans the machine building process.

  • Anticipates issues and communicates progress to other Team Members: Machinists, Mechanics, Engineering Associates, Project Managers, EHS&S Coordinators. 

  • Red-lines problem prints and submits them for correction.  Participates in debugging, troubleshooting and repair of machines.

Supervision Exercised

A.        Number and titles of positions directly supervised:


B.        Number and titles of positions indirectly supervised:


Minimum Requirements

A.        Education: Minimum 2-4 Years hands-on experience in Fanuc robots and automation field

B.        Experience:  Minimum 2-4 years experience working in machine building or automation.


C.        Required Knowledge:  

  • Machine construction and mechanisms.

  • Interpretation of 3D drawings, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

  • Knowledge of AC and DC voltages and polarities, and use of multimeter.

  • Knowledge of electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems (wiring and plumbing) preferred but not required.

  • Knowledge of controls and PLC programming preferred.

  • Experience with CNC and EDM preferred but not required.

  • Required Fanuc robot programming and operation/troubleshoot

Skills and Abilities:  

  • Must have a strong mechanical aptitude and excellent workmanship.

  • Able to align and install gears, motors, slides and other mechanisms.

  • Able to assemble complex mechanical assemblies.

  • Able to machine simple components on mill and lathe.

  • Welding skills preferred but not required.

  • Must communicate clearly verbally and in writing.  Familiar with email.

  • Must have ability to lift 51 pounds, walk and stand for extended periods.

  • Must be willing to learn new machine mechanisms and controls.

What we do for you (just to name a few cool ones):

  • Up to 34 paid days off each year

    • 13 paid company holidays  

    • 12 paid vacation days (accrued monthly)  

    • 7 paid sick days (56 hours, accrued monthly)

    • 2 community service days

  • Three Medical plans to choose from with an option to participate in a health screening to earn substantial wellness incentives

    • Basic PPO Plan

    • Premium PPO Plan

    • High Deductible Health Saving Account (HSA) Plan with a company contribution

  • New hire benefits coverage begins within a month of your start date: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Vacation and Sick Time

  • Benefits are available to you, your spouse/domestic partner and your children

  • 401(k) company match up to 7.5% with immediate participation and vesting

  • Ability to purchase company stock at a 15% discounted price from market value

  • Fitness and nutrition reimbursements

  • Adoption, fertility and surrogacy assistance

  • 10 weeks of Parental Leave (4 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid)

  • Tuition reimbursement for Professional Certifications, Associate and Bachelor degree programs, and Graduate degree programs

  • To view all of our great benefits, click here

* Eligibility for the above benefits may vary based on full-time/part-time status or additional factors.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.