Lead Controls Engineer

Date: Aug 5, 2022

Location: Fort Collins, CO, US, 80525

Company: Lincoln Electric


Wolf Robotics, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric, has had over 8,400 installations, our team of automation professionals has implemented solutions for the toughest metal working projects around. We foster an environment that encourages our group of bright, talented, and skilled employees to design and develop new products. 


Req. ID: 21036 


Lincoln Electric Automation – The Company

Lincoln Electric Company, has been the industry leader for over 30 years in the robotic automation of welding, cutting, material removal, grinding, and press brake operations.  We have provided industry solutions to the fabricators of construction, agricultural, mining, off-road, energy, and transportation equipment.  Through the expertise of our personnel we develop numerous specialty products that increase productivity and maintain quality. The innovative designs and solutions we create are produced to meet or exceed our customer expectations.


Position Summary:  The Lead Controls Engineer works with limited or no direct supervision.  The position serves in a supervisor capacity to the Controls department approving time off, conducting performance appraisals, handling performance issues, and generally facilitating the team concept.  Responsible for organizing, planning and follow-up of complex activities for engineered projects to meet or exceed management and customer expectations. Sets deadlines, assigns responsibilities, and monitors and summarizes progress of project.  The Lead Controls Engineer will work together with their supervisor, other department leads and others on the Controls team to create, update and improve upon best practices and department processes/procedures. 


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for day to day management of Lincoln’s control engineering group 
  • Lead and manage the controls group to always be on time and under budget
  • Lead Control Standardization / Best Practices to deliver high quality, robust and easy to use electrical products
  • Develop the vision for the Lincoln Electric electrical products together with Staff and the controls group.  Lead continuous efforts to achieve this vision
  • Lead the performance management of the controls department
  • Lead the recruitment and development of controls talent
  • Coaching and constant development of the control engineers and their competence
  • Lead training efforts to ensure that everyone in the company understands and can support our controls products
  • Contribute personally on customer projects


Qualifications Required:

  • BSEE or Associates Degree in electronics / control system
  • AutoCAD / Electrical, schematic capture CAD experience
  • Electrical circuit design and analysis experience
  • Proficiently read and interpret electrical prints
  • Ability to use common electrical troubleshooting tools; i.e. Digital Volt Meter and Oscilloscope
  • Ability to develop and document procedures 
  • Excellent electrical troubleshooting skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required 
  • Proficient at ladder logic programming
  • Previous experience leading teams of engineers
  • Good communication and organizational skills required
  • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed; travel is occasional
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures necessary to build electrical products
  • Position relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals on a variety of tasks


Qualifications Desired:

  • Five years’ experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Allen Bradley Compact Logic experience preferred
  • Closed loop Servo experience (Yaskawa)
  • ABB Robotics control system knowledge
  • FANUC Robotics control system knowledge
  • FANUC PMC Programming Experience
  • Familiarity with Robotic automation safety
  • Familiarity with Electrical standards (ANSII, NFPA, ISO)
  • Laser Safety knowledge


Success Factors/Job Competencies:

  • Participate in the engineering design component of project goals for Lincoln Electric
  • Remain a competent, professional staff member capable of meeting established production and quality goals in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Utilize problem identification and resolution systems.
  • Keep the Engineering Manager informed through timely utilization of verbal and written reports.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in managing a team
  • Promote a culture of accountability and ownership


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and sit. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle; or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and see and distinguish colors on electrical components. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. There is extensive use of a computer, and at times work can be sedentary.
  • Work environment: Normal office environment and work on the manufacturing floor. While performing the duties of the position, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, extreme heat, and extreme cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Travel is minimal.


Wage Rate: $80,080.00 - $148,720.00


Lincoln Electric Automation Inc., (Wolf Robotics), a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has had over 8,400 installations, our team of automation professionals has implemented solutions for the toughest metal working projects around. We foster an environment that encourages our group of bright, talented, and skilled employees to design and develop new products. We are proud to offer our full time candidates a comprehensive benefit programs which include:


  • Health Insurance with HSA and FSA options
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • 401(k) with a Company Match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Bonus


Participation in any of the benefit plans and programs made available to employees/candidates meeting eligibility requirements. Lincoln Electric Automation Inc., reserves the right to amend or terminate any benefit plan or program at any time in accordance with applicable law.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $2.5B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 10,000 employees around the world. With operations in over 40 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers.  As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!  Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Fort Collins
Nearest Secondary Market: Loveland

Job Segment: Welding, Manufacturing