Control Systems Software Designer - Intermediate

Segment / Company: Energy & Consumer
Location: CA, ON, Cambridge
Department: Controls System Design
Employment Duration: Full Time
Last updated: 27/04/17 12:38 PM


Join the Winning Team at ATS Automation, a great place to automate your future! Take your place among the best in the business, and grow your career with ATS Automation. Join an environment where a passion for innovation is combined with an uncompromised commitment to quality.

We attract some of the most talented and motivated individuals from a range of fields, with our competitive total rewards package, global offering and growth opportunities as we expand on a global scale.

Our Energy & Consumer Division is currently looking for a bright, ambitious Control Systems Softare Designer - Intermediate to join our team in Cambridge, Ontario


As a member of a highly motivated, dynamic, multi-disciplined team, you will design and develop world- class automation solutions.  Duties involve contributing to machine concepts, design of control software, integration of software with electrical and mechanical systems, process development and machine installation at customer sites worldwide.   Programming and integration assignments involve leading-edge technologies and processes utilizing PLC’s, PC’s, robotics, motion controllers, vision systems, laser and other controllers. 


  • Design and develop software programs (PLC and/or PC based) specific to customer and project requirements based on standard ATS programming methods.

  • Debug and commission control systems at our facility, during the system integration stage and then at the customer’s site during installation.

  • Travel as required to customer and supplier sites to perform installation, commissioning and training duties.

  • Select, test and integrate hardware and software components such as robots, analog devices, motion controllers, sensors, vision systems and lasers.

  • Work with other members of the control systems design department and other groups to continuously improve methods of integrating controls technology, with the goals being enhanced safety, enhanced functionality and reduced cost.

  • Work with other members of the control systems design department and other groups to ensure that labor and material budgets as well as scheduled delivery dates are adhered to or improved upon.

  • Work with customers, project managers, designers, toolmakers and electricians to solve problems in order to provide the customer with a complete, functional automation system.

  • Provide thorough testing of machine functionality to verify software program completeness.

  • Provide accurate documentation for each project.

  • Advise customer on solving technical problems.

  • Provide customer with training specific to their current project (i.e. machine operation, programming principles and program structure).

  • These responsibilities are subject to change as a function of the individual’s abilities.

  • Ensure that all business activities are performed with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the ATS Code of Business Conduct.

  • Adhere to all health and safety rules and procedures.



A post-secondary engineering degree, diploma or equivalent, specializing in mechanical, electrical, systems or computer engineering.


  • 3 - 5 years of experience in PLC programming (preferably Siemens) and hands-on in automation.
  • Strong programming, mechanical and electrical problem solving skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Understanding of robotics, control systems and machine operation with hands-on experience is desirable.

  • A self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision.

    Why Join ATS?

  • RSP with employer match
  • Eligibility to participate in Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Comprehensive benefits (including health, dental, employee assistance program)

  • Special discount program on products and services including gym membership disc

  • Subsidized breakfast and lunch daily; free gourmet beverages - coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Plus, every other Thursday is “Treat Day”

  • Monthly “In-Chair Massage” clinic on-site with a Registered Massage Therapist

  • Ability to participate in a variety of charitable events

  • Social Club that offers BBQs and other social events throughout the year

  • Work with other bright, talented people and discover opportunities for professional growth

  • Be a part of a global organization that is a leader in its industry

  • And much more!

ATS is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), 2005 and will, upon request, assist those who may require specific accommodations due to a personal disability. We would ask that those who require assistance to notify our offices as soon as possible if accommodation is necessary.


ATS Automation welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process




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