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Controls Software Engineer

Johannesburg – Gauteng

An independent engineering firm seeks a Controls Software Engineer to join their team developing control/automation code for heavy construction equipment. Responsibilities include creating software requirements, coding, reviews, and testing. The engineer will collaborate with cross-functional teams and may work on multiple projects with definite deadlines. Experience with PLCs, embedded controllers, and HMI displays required. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or related field and minimum five years of experience in industrial or mobile equipment control software development are required. Travel may be necessary for testing and business development.
  • Use structured systems engineering approach for the development of the software used to control heavy construction equipment.
  • Uses knowledge of process automation techniques to advance the simplicity of operation and troubleshooting of equipment to maximize productivity by enhancing operator functionality and the minimization of equipment downtime.
  • Uses structured software design techniques to distil product requirements into a product software specification, product software design, and product software test plan and creates the corresponding documents.
  • Completes the controller/PLC programming and the HMI screen programming for product projects based on the software design.
  • Performs unit testing and integration testing of all controller/PLC/HMI systems to insure performance and realization of all product requirements.
  • Develops the software test plans for new designs and changes to existing designs, and coordinates the testing and validation using these plans,
  • Contributes to the development of product documentation, including production work instructions, training manuals, troubleshooting guides, and product test plans.
  • Identifies improvement opportunities and enhancements for product enhancements and/or cost reductions.
  • Contributes to project teams to ensure the successful completion of project objectives, including schedule, budget, and feature set.
  • Contributes to the development of new processes and procedures to enhance the software and hardware design capabilities and work products of the engineering team.
  • Leads cross-functional software and HMI design reviews.
  • Leads software design reviews for developed control software.
  • Assists customers, via telephone or on site, to resolve function and/or application issues.
  • Works with the Service Department to resolve field and warranty issues.
  • Works with the Technical Publications Department to develop and update operation/parts/service manuals.
  • Adheres to all company design and coding standards.
  • Performs engineering calculations as required during design cycle.
  • Follows proper safety procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education And/or Experience Required:
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Electrical / Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the design and development of industrial or mobile equipment control software.
Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Knowledgeable of development software and tools for embedded systems.
  • Proficient in C / C+ / Structure Text programming, preferably in automotive or mobile equipment applications.
  • Knowledgeable of network protocols such as CAN, Ethernet, Wireless 802.11, etc.
  • Proficient at interfacing software with the control and data acquisition from sensor, including pressure, proximity, angular, temperature, etc.
  • Proficient with developing code for the control of valves, motors, and other industrial devices.
  • Proficiency with personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite software applications.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.
  • Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, and effectively present information to customers and/or employees of organization and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Other Requirements:
  • Flexibility to work additional hours as required.
  • Occasional travel (including international).
  • Experience with CodeSys, C/C++, and Ladder Logic programming.
  • Experience developing software/firmware controls for and interfaces to Telematics, hydraulic circuits, 12V/24V DC electric circuits, A/C motors, and/or control systems for off-road construction equipment.
  • Experience in the design and creation of software for the control & automation of off-road construction equipment.
  • Language Skills
  • Reasoning Ability Skills
  • Must have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Adept at problem solving.
  • Good organization and time-management skills.
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and take on new challenges.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment on a customary and regular basis.
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written). 
  • Ability to work satisfactorily as a team member. 

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