Controls Engineer

Challenge Manufacturing

Challenge Manufacturing

1,001-5,000 employees

Employee-owned supplier of automotive metal assemblies

Automotive & Transportation

Mid, Senior

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of experience with PLC & HMI programming
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with Rockwell software and AB CompactLogix, GuardLogix, PanelView plus platforms
  • Two to three years system integration experience
  • Ability to design and create prints
  • Ability to install hardware and wiring
  • Ability to program and debug automated robotic welding, sealing, fastening and assembly system
  • Ability to program Panel View (HMI) and PLCs
  • Ability to effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Ability to use computer aided modeling to ensure work output meets customer needs (internal and external)
  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Responsible for machine standardization, launch, troubleshooting, maintaining and improvement of highly automated controls, robotic and welding systems
  • Develop, test and improve current machine standards
  • Design and program PLC, HMI, robots and other types of electronic or electrical manufacturing equipment
  • Provide support for installation, controls issues and wiring upgrades on equipment
  • Assist in and occasionally lead in the trouble shooting of malfunctioning equipment
  • Conduct continuous improvement activities such as cycle time reduction, standardization of existing equipment and incorporation of error proofing strategies

Challenge Manufacturing

Challenge Manufacturing


Challenge Manufacturing, a leading global supplier of complex assemblies and engineered metal formed products to the automotive industry, stands out for its employee-centric culture and competitive advantage. The company's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) fosters a collaborative and teamwork-oriented environment, allowing its team members to share in the company's success, which has led to its ranking as the 40th largest ESOP Company in the US in 2017. With a commitment to safety, ownership, and teamwork, Challenge Manufacturing provides job security, fair treatment, competitive wages, and opportunities for career growth, making it an attractive workplace in its industry.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Grand Rapids, Michigan



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth