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Automation Specialist

Manitowoc, WI - Manufacturing, 1400 S 41st St, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States of America Req #454
Friday, April 24, 2020
At KI, we believe knowing our customers helps us serve them better. We listen. We observe. We understand that each customer has unique needs. So, we pride ourselves on helping our customers make smart  furniture decisions by offering expert advice, design options and personalized solutions.

Since 1941, we’ve positioned KI as the furniture company that best understands the furniture industry and is committed to providing customers with the smart solutions. By targeting specific markets with solutions for business furniture, university furniture, educational furniture, healthcare furniture and government furniture, we can quickly respond to our customers’ unique needs – including the choice to procure furniture according to what fits their ordering and fulfillment process. That’s why we say we offer far more than furniture. We’re Furnishing Knowledge.

KI is seeking an Automation Specialist for our Manitowoc Plant.This position is responsible for design, engineering, start-up, and maintenance support responsibilities for process and safety control systems supporting operations.This position works with Manufacturing to ensure products can be produced efficiently, cost effectively and safely. As a key component, this position provides support/development for all automated processes and projects, control systems and safety systems.


  • Controls/Automation Engineering: (60%)

    • Design, develop and implement process control systems to be used in production and manufacturing processes

    • Prepare engineering estimates for projects from design thru start-up

    • Create tests and verification methods to ensure process control and safety systems are installed and functioning properly

    • Ensure compliance to all local, state, and federal applicable safety and environmental regulations

    • Establish and implement control standards

  • New Product/Process Development: (30%)

    • Lead or assist in the design, approval, build and implementation of equipment and process required for new products or product enhancements

    • Monitor, troubleshoot, and resolve capacity and productivity problems

    • Responsible to develop and maintain ergonomically correct methods and processes

  • Continuous Improvement: (10%)

    • Plan, coordinate and implement continuous improvement activities to improve key performance indicators (contribution, on-time, cost of quality, incident rate, net efficiency, safety, etc.)


  • 4-year degree in a related Engineering field or related 2-year degree with equivalent experience

  • 1 - 2 years of experience in process control systems, distributed control systems and programmable logic control design configuring control systems for industrial applications

  • Knowledge of Bosch controls

  • Allen Bradly controls

  • G&L controls

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD and BPCS

  • Capability to manage multiple projects

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing/continuous improvement concepts

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to solve problems

  • Ability to work with other people within and outside of the company

  • Ability to work independently

  • Creativity

KI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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  • Manitowoc, WI - Manufacturing, 1400 S 41st St, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States of America