AIM Aerospace, Inc. Controls Engineer in Poway, California

Automation & Controls Engineer II

This position is a critical role for AIM Aerospace’s vision to transform how composites are manufactured thought automation.

If you want to be a part of this transformation, maximize your potential, use your intelligence, skills, and experience to create technologies for the Aerospace industry through Automation and build the AIM vision for factories of the future this is a position or you! Position offers great flexibility with a 9/80 schedule, three weeks of PTO accrual in first year of employment, competitive wages, full benefits, and gym reimbursement.

In addition in a recent employee survey one of our R&D center’s top ranked attributes was employees enjoy going to work every day!!!

General Position Summary:

This is a mid-level controls engineering position at a composites company at our research and development center located in Poway California. We primarily design and build components for the aerospace industry. We are looking for someone who can help with creation and support for the automation aspects in our facilities.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Setup communication between manufacturing equipment and MES system

  • Proposes innovated solutions to manufacturing challenges leveraging automation

  • Program SCADA system (XML, Java, & Python)

  • Track products through all phases of production

  • Program Industrial PLCs (IEC 1131-3, ladder logic)

  • Debug industrial networking

  • Robot programming and communication

  • Database querying (SQL)

  • Integrate automation solutions into existing processes

  • Ensure that all equipment is compliant to standard safety practices and regulatory organizations (OSHA, ANSI, UL, NFPA), customer processing spec (BAC, RPS) qualification requirements, and aerospace industry accredited organization (nadcap, ncamp) requirements.

  • Provide accurate time estimates to production management on automation installation functions.

  • Install and startup equipment at manufacturing location

  • Manage external equipment and service providers.

  • Up to 20% travel may be required.

  • Physical factors—Ability to climb ladders, operate hand & power tools, drive fork lift, assemble heavy mechanisms, Physical Demands (standing, sitting, lifting, bending, and climbing), Frequency (random throughout shift).

  • Flexibility to alter work schedule to occasionally work around production schedules.

Specific Job Skills & Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with professionalism across all levels both internal and external.

  • Ability to work in a multi-task, deadline driven environment while maintaining accuracy.

  • Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to work with minimum supervision required.

  • IEC 1131-3 PLC programming experience. Allen-Bradley Logix 5000 preferred

  • Proficiency with structured programming languages and scripting such as C++, Java, VB, Python, etc…

  • Database knowledge

  • Proficiency with SCADA systems. Ignition preferred

  • Familiarity with industrial control and machine vision systems

  • Ability to design, read, and understand electrical schematics

  • Exposure to CNC machining, 3D printing and/or G-code a plus

  • Exposure to industrial manufacturing

  • Understanding of industrial robots and collaborative robots

  • Ability to drive automation projects through entire project lifecycle

  • Knowledge of debug instruments (digital multi-meter, oscilloscope, megger, Wire Shark etc…).

  • Familiarity with hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems

  • Proficient computer skills

Education and/or Experience:

Four year engineering degree with 5 years related automation based experience or equivalent

Completed training in proper software structure and techniques


Enjoy working a flexible 9/80 schedule, with every other Friday off. Three weeks of PTO accrual in first year of employment. Competitive wages! Full benefits package! Gym Reimbursement and more!

AIM Aerospace, Inc. is a Drug Free workplace.

Pre-employment drug screen required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.