Vanderlande North America

Electrical Hardware Engineer

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Vanderlande’s Engineering Department is responsible for the design, specification and commissioning of material handling systems for our customers. In this position you will be responsible for executing the design of the control panels and field wiring for the material handling system solution. The Hardware Engineer works closely with the Controls Project Lead, Team’s Project Manager, subcontractors and Mechanical engineers involved throughout the life of the project. The Hardware Engineer reports directly to the Group Lead.


  • Calculate and describe the entire electromechanical installation (panels / field wiring / components) and functionality, in close cooperation with the Controls Project Leader and PLC engineer.
  • Select (partial) solutions from standardized solutions and re-uses standard modules.
  • Make detail design of the electromechanical installation and coordinate the work for realization and installation by subcontractors. Safeguards quality.
  • Make (electromechanical) project documentation and technical project specifications for Controls Hardware suppliers, subcontractors and suppliers of resale equipment. Monitor the uniformity.
  • Define scopes of work and reviews deliverables when working with third party subcontractors for external development of hardware designs.
  • Understand, interpret and apply procedures, standards and regulations.
  • Make test plans for controls hardware supplies.
  • Review existing hardware designs used in other parts of the company for compliance with local UL requirements.
  • Modify existing CE hardware designs to ensure UL Compliance for the US Market.
  • Report progress (hours, costs) to the Controls Project Leader and Engineering Manager.
  • Support of the site team, electrical supervisor, and PLC Engineer to minimize potential problems.
  • Work closely with clients and subcontractors.
  • Communicate and work closely with other groups within Vanderlande and the project team (i.e., mechanical engineering, project management, supply chain, sales/proposal department and installation).
  • Initiate improvement actions.
  • Drive, support, promote and improve hardware standardization platform. Develop new modules for the platform.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in implementation of material handling systems or industrial controls systems.
  • Design experience using Autocad.
  • Must be willing and able to travel 25%.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience designing UL rated cabinets and enclosures to accommodate PLC controlled systems, including power distribution, motor protection and control, and Industrial Communication and networking (i.e. ASibus, Ethernet, TCP/IP, Controlnet).
  • Experience designing cabinets involving multiple hardware platforms for industrial control applications, including A-B/Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, SEW
  • Experience with Autocad Electrical.



  • Ability to quickly assess a situation and take appropriate action
  • Proactive and hands on work ethic
  • Strong team-oriented mentality and acceptance of responsibility for project completion
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills
  • Self-motivated with proven ability in problem solving, especially in intense situations
  • Motivator for coworkers.
  • Knowledge of controls engineering theories and principles.
  • Electrical aptitude and knowledge of acceptable practices, techniques, and codes.


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