My company, American Hofmann, is looking to expand it's engineering departments across the board. I'd love to get some more hokies in house so I'm putting this up here. My company is an OEM for balancing equipment. Anything that spins needs to be balanced to reduce vibration (think those little weights on your car's tires, only a lot more precise). We design and build the machines that determine a part's balance and either tell you how to fix unbalance or automatically correct said unbalance. Our smallest machines can balance the turbines inside dental drills. Our largest ones can handle 150+ ton steam turbines. We are a preferred supplier for a little aeronautical company you may have heard of: the US Air Force. On the floor currently we have a few crank shaft balancing machines for Ford that measure one crank while drilling on another to bring it into spec. In the pipeline, we have turbocharger balancers for Fiat Chrysler, armature balancers for Westinghouse, impeller balancers for ResMed cpap machines.
We write and maintain our own balancing software that runs on PCs, but all automation runs off of PLCs. I head up the mechanical engineering department so I can offer the most details on that, but I'll do my best to describe the others as well.
Mechanical Engineer - We are responsible for maintaining our core balancing mechanisms as well as designing peripheral automation (part handling, unbalance correction, etc). Anyone with automation experience would be a good fit. The balancing mechanism design requirea a lot of math that you would have done in dynamics/kinematics. Bonus if you know something about rotordynamics. We work in Pro/E for legacy designs and SolidEdge for new designs (in the middle of a transition to just SE). If you can use Inventor or SW, I can teach you to use SolidEdge.
Software Engineer - They write in C# and some old language (VB6?). Our balancing PCs just run windows so if you have experience writing programs to function in that environment I guess you'd be useful. I can forward you to someone who can speak intelligently to the needs there.
PLC Engineer - If you've worked with Allen Bradley or Siemens PLCs, that's a big plus. Just make the machine run the way the mechanical department expects it to run and everything will be fine. Or, alternatively, be able to speak intelligently enough to us MEs and tell us how you need the machine designed so we don't hit programming snags late in the build. I'm cool with either.
Electrical Engineer - Biggest job is component specifying for inside and outside the main cabinets. Their responsibility ends at the last thing with wires (motors, sensors, pneumatic valve manifolds), but needs to be able to work closely with mechanical to make sure that everything plays nice. I tell you what hp I need from a motor, you tell me what motor to order and make sure we have a cabinet big enough to house the drives. You tell me how you want things talking to each other (Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet, Skynet...) so I don't order the wrong components.
If you are interested in one of these shoot a cover letter, resume, and references to hokie07me (at) gmail.com and post a comment below so I know to check that account.