Automation Engineer

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Date: Nov 29, 2022

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Automation Engineer​ to join our growing team.


You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Factory Automation Engineer for our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Factory Automation Engineer will identify, develop, test, implement and support factory automation systems and initiatives within the US Region.  This role will manage automation investment projects and/or support investment projects that include factory automation. This role will partner with operations, engineering, and logistics to implement tools that improve safety, productivity, and efficiency of the organization.


  • Function as project manager (engineering) for factory automation investment & technical project implementation for small projects.  Provide expertise and support for automation topics when implemented within a larger investment project as applicable.
  • Analysis of existing plant and future operating plant designs for factory automation opportunities in the US Region – identify opportunities, lead development and testing.
  • Provide high level technical support to factory automation at US Region sites – training of local resources and support for complex problem resolution.
  • Coordination with Group Engineering factory automation team to share best practices, learnings, knowledge, and advocate for US Region initiatives, including development of standards. 
  • Travel as needed domestically or internationally, 25-50% of time


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s in Electrical, Mechanical, Automation engineering, Industrial Engineer or equivalent
  • 3 years of related professional experience is required; 5+ years is preferred
  • Project management experience
  • Experience with factory automation technology such as robotics, cobots, AGV’s, drones,
  • Demonstrated project management experience with factory automation installation projects - from feasibility/design to fully operational installation
  • Knowledge of automation principles and concepts
  • Experience with automation controls such as PLC’s and HMI’s
  • Functional safety technical background (ISO 13849-1/-2, IEC62061)
  • Experience and/or knowledge of safety technical standards for sensors and safeguarding (IEC 61496, IEC/TS 62998-1, ANSI B11.19) 
  • Entrepreneurship and leadership skills
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Work in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment while staying focused.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Analytical and strategic skills for setting up concepts
  • Focus on targets and results
  • Problem solution ability, persuasiveness, and assertiveness
  • Flexibility and mobility as needed to support installation & support in operational environment
  • Initiative to lead topics
  • Teamwork skills


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is 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 classes.

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