Vanderlande North America

Controls Support Engineer

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Vanderlande's Maintenance Services division offers a service portfolio, which includes maintenance services, process optimization, system upgrades and modifications throughout the material handling system's life cycle at airports.  

The Baggage Handling System (BHS) and Passenger Boarding Bridge Programmer is responsible for the controls engineering support of the baggage handling system and Passenger Boarding Bridges at LAX International Airport. This position works with the O&M Managers and site employees.


·        Write Controls Functional Specification/Description of Operation

·        Write Detailed Design documents (i.e. Controls Architecture)

·        Write, debug and test PLC and HMI code

·        Write and execute test plans (FAT, SAT, load, rate, system test)

·        Support of the Electrical Supervisor and/or Electrical Controls Engineer to minimize potential problems

·        Develop leadership role in all aspects of managing the control systems execution. From software design, system design, network design and commissioning

·        Execute projects from concept through client turnover with a positive result contribution on technical performance, financial results and the organization

·        Involved in engineering, execution and commissioning of Material Handling Projects and more specific in Baggage Handling Systems

·        Work closely with clients and subcontractors

·        Communicate closely with other groups within Vanderlande Industries and project team (i.e., mechanical engineering, project management, supply chain, sales/proposal department and installation)

·        Work on quotation bids with the systems and sales department on new projects and/or on project changes

·        Learn new skills and stay current on latest technology

·        Initiate improvement actions


  • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in operating and maintaining baggage handling systems that contain conveyors, sorting systems, baggage screening, and baggage reclaim
  • Knowledge and experience reading Motor Control Panel Prints as well as working knowledge of 24-volt DC, 120-volt AC and 480-volt AC circuits
  • Experience with Fiber/Cat 5 communications, Siemens Micro Master VFDs, Profibus communications
  • At least two (2) years experience programming Siemens and Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and formalized PLC training

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with computer based drafting/design; Auto CAD
  • Preferred skills in understanding and designing PLC programs


Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (Competencies):

  • Result driven attitude from a realistic perspective
  • Ability to judge results and the consequences and take actions accordingly
  • Strong team mentality and acceptance of responsibility for project completion
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills
  • Self-motivated with proven ability in problem solving skills under stressful conditions
  • Ability to work well with team members
  • Quality driven mentality
  • Interpret and knowing of procedures and regulations
  • Execute independently the job within the project team (not always routine)
  • Knowledgeable of electrical and controls engineering theories and principles
  • Electrical aptitude and knowledge of acceptable practices, techniques and codes
  • Skilled in understanding and designing Engineering science: Logic and Programming


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



This position requires up to 25% travel.  


Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment/physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear.


The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Although the Controls Engineers predominantly work in the office, they also spend time in the airport floor, where they sometimes handle packages or automatic equipment such as conveyor systems.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is sometimes exposed the baggage handling system, mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. The Controls Engineer will encounter mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic equipment. Ear protection should be worn.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


*This position operates in the secured area of the airport and requires a security badge. Applicants are required to pass a background check, as provided by applicable state and federal law.


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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