Bastian Solutions
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Manufacturing

The Machine Controls Engineer works with and influences other Bastian Automation Engineering employees,  customers and suppliers to utilize the latest technologies to integrate material handling systems for complex applications. This includes R&D and prototype development to successfully bring new products to market.  The process involves understanding the customer's goals and objectives, and developing smart engineered solutions to meet these goals.  Technologies used in this position include high level automation, 2D and 3D machine vision, optical devices, specialty conveyors, robotics, end of arm tooling, 3D modeling, and simulation. The Machine Controls Engineer is responsible for multiple integration projects in all phases of the project and will be capable of concepting, research, sales and applications support, estimating, component selection, device troubleshooting, HMI development, PLC programming, panel and electrical design, software development, robotics programming, onsite installation and debug, and service support.

The Machine Controls Engineer helps our company meet its mission to help our customers compete in their markets by providing the best robotic material handling system solutions and technology and mentoring others to do the same.


Superior Performance Objectives:

  • Help our customers to be successful in their specific markets.
  • Deliver projects that meet or exceed customer's expectations.
  • Work with the Engineering Manager to provide robust standards with regard to rogramming, interfaces, hardware, and designs.
  • Deliver projects under budgeted time and hours.
  • Meet project schedule.
  • Develop repeat customers.
  • Develop and implement quality improvement or cost reduction initiatives
  • Contribute to project teams, providing help outside of controls & BAE scope when required.
  • Be a great team member and contributor within the office.
  • Establish beneficial relationships with our key supplier products and services.
  • Develop new implementation techniques or equipment that will help maintain Bastian Automation Engineering as a leader in our industry.
  • Excellent problem solving and time management skills


  • Bachelors of  Engineering. 5+ years experience preferred
  • PLC/Robotics programming, panel design, project management experience
  • Aptitude for Hands on Electrical and Mechanical troubleshooting
  • Experience with Automation  (ABB, Fanuc, Allen Bradley PLC & HMI), specifically material handling      systems
  • 2D and 3D CAD experience (SolidWorks a plus, AutoCAD 2D required, etc.)
  • Extremely computer literate with MS Office products
  • Able to demonstrate effective leadership



  • Able to work well in  teams with good communication skills
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Able to handle multiple projects
  • Ambitious
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent at Multi-Tasking
  • Enjoys fast paced environment
  • Able to travel (on a limited basis) depending on project demands
  • Natural leader with continued growth of great leadership skills


General Duties:


  • Program PLCs, HMIs, and robots per customer and Bastian specifications and maintain code snippets
  • Research new hardware and provide recommendations for adoption into standards
  • Ensure projects are executed in an effective manner in regards to time, cost and function
  • Work with Mechanical Engineering to provide robust system designs
  • Clear communication with both management and the shop personnel
  • Assist development and implementation of standard practices to ensure quality improvement, cost      reduction, and team growth
  • Work well with others on the Bastian Automation Engineering Team.  Have fun!
  • Solve technical problems either individually or though collaboration
  • Electrical device/panel layouts and schematics
  • Provide technical Support for applications, sales and marketing when necessary
  • Conduct full scope of controls & robotics project services as outlined in the overview above.
  • Create Functional specifications
  • Deliver successful projects with regards to customer satisfaction, schedule, time, and budget.
  • Attend training and become certified in applicable technologies or programs.
  • Communicate strategic information regarding suppliers, customers and competition.
  • Develop new controls and robotics techniques or equipment that will help maintain Bastian      Robotics as a leader in our industry.


Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, is an independent material handling and robotics system integrator providing automated solutions for distribution, manufacturing, and order fulfillment centers around the world. We have over 60 years of experience building long term business partnerships. In addition to salary, commissions and incentive plans, we offer a wide variety of benefits, services and perks available to assist employees and their families in a variety of ways. These benefits help each individual maintain a good balance in their life.

 Other benefits of the role include: 

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with a company match
  • Vacation/Holiday Pay
  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Volunteer Work
  • Professional Associations, Conferences and Subscriptions
  • Company Meetings & Events

 Join our growing team and sell, design and implement industry leading automated material handling solutions!



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