Controls Engineer at MXL INDUSTRIES, INC.

Posted in Engineering 13 days ago.

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

Equal Opportunity Employer including Disabled and Veterans.

Drug Free Workplace-Testing Required

At MXL, everything you touch makes a difference.

From the optical face shields used by firefighters, first responders, the military, and motorsport enthusiasts, to the tiny optical components used in smoke detector sensors, your work helps us make products that save lives.

MXL's optical components are critical to the success of military and first responders all over the world. MXL's products are uncompromising in quality and performance. Join us! The position of Controls Engineer oversees and performs upgrades, design, programming, documentation, testing, and implementation of process control system projects relating to production and automation; contributes hands-on to overall team performance and continuous improvement of production automation, in process data capture and inspections, throughput and control.

As a member of the MXL team, you can expect:

  • Culture – At MXL, you will encounter a positive culture focused on dignity, respect, safety, quality, and teamwork.

  • Excellent employer reputation – Voted one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania 10 times in the last 15 years!

  • Job stability - As an essential business, we have not been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

  • Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits package – Including medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurances, 401k with employer match, health savings account, employee wellness program, paid time off, holidays, family picnic, team appreciation dinner, team charitable events and fundraising, and more.

Key Responsibilities of this role include (but are not limited to):

  • Understand production equipment and control system requirements
  • Responsible for maintaining, upgrading, designing, documenting, implementing, validating, developing work instructions, and supporting automation and process control systems. This is to include hardware, software, and programming. To include outsourcing and oversight of outsourced projects as necessary.
  • Ability to manage projects and oversee high level outsourced integration efforts.
  • Design, build, and install PLC/HMI systems with SCADA integration.
  • Participate in and present design reviews as the contributing controls SME.
  • Proactive in developing new control strategies with state-of-the-art capabilities.
  • Evaluate control issues and devise appropriate corrective action, execute, and document those actions.
  • Implement and oversee data acquisition capabilities throughout the plant.
  • Organizes, controls, analyzes and effectively reports on data acquired from production processes.
  • Conducts direct labor studies using acceptable engineering practices and establishes standards on operations, set up and workstation layout.
  • Analyzes process failures for root cause, recommends corrective actions, execute, and document those actions.
  • Knows, applies, and facilitates implementation of rules defined as part of Continuous Improvement of the plant and its team (5S, TPM, SMED, VSM, etc.)
  • Analyzes equipment's KPIs, defines and facilitates corrective action implementations.
  • Ensures good working condition of controls and automation equipment to guarantee product quality and lead-time committed to customers.
  • Contribute to the development of specifications for the procurement of new production equipment.
  • Train and coach production technicians on use of controls / automation interfaces and equipment.
  • Review and evaluate cost pertaining to make vs. buy decisions and new product development.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • Record test data, applying statistical quality control procedures.
  • Develop and validates operations and maintenance procedures as required to ensure reliability and availability of all controls equipment.

About Our Company:

MXL Industries, Inc. has earned a global reputation for manufacturing high quality optical plastic products for 52 years. We design and build optical injection molds, perform optical injection molding, apply specialty coatings, route, and assemble. We use various optical resins such as polycarbonate, acrylic, Apec, and polystyrene and are able to mold in laser eye protection (LEP) dyes for various commercial and military applications. We dip coat, flow coat, spin coat, and vacuum deposit parts using abrasion resistant, anti-fog, NFPA, metallization, anti-reflective, and partially reflective coatings.

MXL Industries, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


  • Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or technical school) or Work Equivalent.
  • Field of Study: Science and Engineering (Electrical, Automation, Mechatronics, Applied Sciences, Systems Integration) or Related.
  • 5-7 years experience working with manufacturing automation: designing, implementing, managing, troubleshooting, and managing such projects from concept through implementation, validation, and control.
  • Proficient with MS Excel, MS Word, Email and Internet Use, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, Siemens and Allen Bradley programming
  • Manual dexterity and fine manipulation skills essential.