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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Controls Engineer II

Country/Region:  US

Fowlerville, MI, US, 48836

Req ID 59999 | NABS Fowlerville, United States


ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology.  ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it's an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow and beyond.

Position Description: The Controls Engineer develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials, parts, fabrication processes, tooling, production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards. The person in this position will have a broad understanding of engineering fundamentals and works both independently and in teams and will be expected to assist with project management and maintain communications with plant technicians.


Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Provide advanced design and development of automation systems and equipment intended to enhance production efficiency.
  • Provide in-depth machine control programming for automation equipment and quality inspection processes, including support of existing equipment.
  • Strong working knowledge and experience with Staubli and UR Robotics, AB Control Logix PLC, FactoryTalk 11 HMI, Promess presses and Cognex & Keyence IX inspection systems.
  • Knowledge about pneumatics and other electro-mechanical systems, Servo motors, motors, and linear actuators.
  • Provide technical support for troubleshooting new and existing automation equipment.
  • Develop, evaluate, improve, and document manufacturing processes, with emphasis on standardized work.
  • In depth understanding of collaborative robots. Ability to re-deploy collaborative robots in house depending on products running.
  • Work closely with Manufacturing, Engineering, and Maintenance departments to develop, coordinate and implement technical training for employees.
  • Serves as a cross functional member of the New Product Development team, with a role to optimize the manufacturing process and foster a robust process and Bill of Manufacture.



  • Bachelor's degree (B. S.) in Industrial, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and 3-4 years minimum related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in Allen Bradley required.
  • Background in programming applications with ability to write PLC programs for new or existing equipment/applications.
  • Staubli, Fanuc robot experience and Universal collaborative robot programming experience a plus.
  • Design, build automated solutions experience a plus.
  • Manufacturing engineering experience within a similar environment a plus.
  • CAD/Solidworks experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing concepts and ability to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Understanding complex system designs.


What we Offer:

  • Annual Incentive Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401k Plan
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Tuition reimbursement for educational advancement
  • A strong diversity culture
  • Supportive Employee Groups and community outreach activities



Be part of our ZF team as Controls Engineer II and apply now!


Kyle Nader



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice. 

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility. 

Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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