RAPA LP | Location: Auburn, AL / U.S. | Full Time

This position is located at our site in Auburn, Alabama. We are looking for an

Lab Engineer R&D (m/f/d)

Your Task and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate technical adeptness in the area of manufacturing processes, and a willingness to learn about R & D, manufacturing equipment, and operation
  • Excellent problem solving skills and take accountability for process control system programming, and design for all computer controlled machinery and processes. Will work with multi-discipline teams, troubleshoot operational problems, develop process control strategies and provide training
  • Participate as a process control lead in project leadership meetings to set project goals, priorities and strategies
  • Lead the process control unit operation by developing the overall process control strategy for the project. Develop the overall communication strategy between process interfaces, logic controllers, drives and data collection system
  • Interact with equipment and vendors to facilitate process control integration. Communicate progress and plans to other team leads. Work with other team leads to negotiate conflicts
  • Lead the development of all process and machine control design including control network architecture; wiring diagrams, control schemes, plc and control interface equipment
  • Lead the checkout effort. Develop a checkout plan including resources. Communicate the plan to all involved such as contractors, plant electricians, engineers, designers, plant technicians
  • Manage capital projects that focus on process control integration or upgrades
  • Responsible for cost estimations for hardware, software, and all test benches
  • Planning and selection of safety components
  • Creation of measurement reports for switchgear and equipment according to DIN standards, including MSA’s for all test benches
  • Responsible for defining test components, measurement technology, and test plans
  • Commissioning of test benches and production lines as required
  • Supervision of special machine builders and external service providers
  • Own individual work and personal performance
  • Other duties as assigned

Your Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from accredited institution
  • At least 4 years of experience in the field of production processes, automotive industry or product testing
  • Programming experience in one high-level programming language (C++/Java/Visual Basic/Ruby/Python). Strong working knowledge of Beckhoff TwinCat 2 PLC and Drive technology knowledge (Beckhoff Dives ideal). LabView knowledge. Good Vision Systems experience (COGNEX Vision Systems) and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to hold a passport and travel within Germany without accompaniment
  • Ability to manage and motivate the process control team, resolving issues, scheduling and coordinating work among the team
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Expected to proactively solve potential problems before they occur throughout the course of the project including design, specification, construction, checkout and start up
  • Some knowledge of the German language and customs
  • Hold or ability to obtain a valid passport and travel internationally
  • Needs to be highly motivated self-starter that is capable of being assigned a project and expected to produce results with little or no supervision
  • Ability and willingness to make presentations to small and large groups of salary and or hourly associates
  • Must possess strong analytical and problem solving skills

We offer

  • A open, international and collegial working environment and a company culture that is relaxed but engaged
  • A competitive salary, company pension scheme
  • A month of paid vacation time
  • The possibility for further education and training
  • A secure workplace
  • A flexible work schedule
  • and much more Benefits

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirement for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Headquartered in Germany, the RAPA company is a globally recognized engineering and technology partner and first choice system supplier for the automotive industry as well as numerous customers in the healthcare and industrial sectors – and has been for over 100 years. The product portfolio includes valves and complete mechatronic solutions for hydraulic and pneumatic applications. RAPA employs almost 1,000 people at its sites in Germany, the United States and China. The company philosophy of a medium-sized family business is at the center of all activities.

Sounds exciting? Apply today and join us! To send us your data and documents, please use our online application form, which you can acess directly from the job advertisment by using the button “Apply Online” or send us an email containing your application (cover letter, CV and references) to We look forward to reading your winning application!

Contact and further Information
For additional information on our company culture, company benefits, or to potentially get scheduled for an interview please contact:
Mr. Tim Beasley | HR Manager | P. +1 334 321 0875-110 |



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