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Senior Automation Engineer - 1st Shift

Date: May 8, 2021

Location: Palmyra, PA, US, 17078

Company: XPO Logistics

1st Shift, Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm


Logistics done differently.  

At XPO Logistics, we’re transforming transportation and logistics through technology, investing hundreds of millions of dollars every year in IT. As a Senior Automation Engineer, you will have a meaningful role in our future success by analyzing high-labor content activities across the company and designing automation to improve operational efficiency and deliver fast Return on Investment (ROI) and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). This is an exciting opportunity to improve productivity by developing strategies to help people work smarter, ensuring that we stay ahead of our competitors while delighting our customers. We will equip you with the best tools in the industry to grow and develop to a level that will exceed your expectations and help you reach your career goals.


Pay, benefits and more.

We are eager to attract the best, so we offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including full health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 401(k), life insurance, disability and more.


What you’ll do on a typical day:  

  • Troubleshoot, maintain, repair and implement automation solutions, including robotics, conveyors, sorters, scanners, vision systems and PLCs
  • Conduct root cause analyses of labor and/or process inefficiencies through operational data analysis, Pareto charts, process reviews, time studies, statistics reviews, simulation and discussions with operational leadership
  • Identify facility design requirements based on activity levels, product envelope, product flow and transportation methods through understanding equipment specifications for the implementation of automation solutions
  • Determine required maintenance support positions based on equipment functionality and service-level requirements for on-site operations; develop preventive maintenance tasks and schedules to mitigate less than 100% uptime operations
  • Provide technical analyses (cost estimates, feasibility, specifications, interpretation of requirements); develop alternatives and prepare recommendations for capital solutions
  • Proactively identify opportunities for utilization of new and improved technologies such as replacing obsolete or less productive equipment and systems; leverage existing technologies when appropriate
  • Maintain PLC and recipe backup organization and documentation
  • Operate Allen Bradley control systems, Pallet Pro, and Rockwell Asset Center
  • Develop and implement continuous improvement projects in a GMP environment

What you need to succeed at XPO:

At a minimum, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent related work or military experience
  • 1 year of experience in high-volume operations and distribution-related work
  • Experience implementing all types of sorters and goods-to-person systems, including high-density automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), carousels and robotic systems 
  • Experience with simulation software, 3D modeling/drawing and designing components and system parts
  • Experience with AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Mini Tab and Six Sigma analysis tools

It’d be great if you also have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering with a focus in Robotics/Automation Engineering 
  • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and electrical controls of motors, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), switches, diverters, spirals and various conveyor components and types
  • Solid knowledge of project management principles with ability to use discernment within defined practices and procedures 
  • Demonstrated ability as a collaborative, innovative and strategic thinker who is decisive and results-oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and time demands with a high level of urgency, personal integrity, energy and stamina
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule at times to support nights, weekends and potentially holidays

Be part of something big.


XPO is a leading provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. We help our customers manage their goods most efficiently using our technology and services. Our greatest strength is our global team – energetic, innovative people of all experience levels and talents who make XPO a great place to work.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, disability, veteran or other protected status.


XPO adheres to CDC, OSHA and state and local requirements regarding COVID safety. All employees and visitors are expected to comply with XPO policies which are in place to safeguard our employees and customers.


All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment may be required to take and pass a pre-employment drug test.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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