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Baker Group Industrial Automation Engineer in Ankeny, Iowa

Baker Group, the Midwest’s leading provider of critical building infrastructure systems, is expanding the team. Headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa with over 700 employees, Baker Group is the recognized leader in Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Piping, Sheet Metal, Electrical, Automation, Access Control, Security Cameras, Parking Revenue Control and Fire Alarm design and construction of highly technical, special-use buildings such as; hospitals, educational facilities, corporate office buildings, data centers, industrial facilities, and research laboratories. Please visit our website at to learn more about our company and other open positions we may have available.


As a member of the Baker Group team, the Industrial Automation Engineer will report to either the Installation Supervisor, Team Leader, or Operations Manager, and will be responsible for supporting our Project Managers with creating, installing, and commissioning of PLC/HMI based systems as well as network and device integration work.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Project start up, program, and commission new PLC/HMI control systems, service and maintenance of existing installations - fault diagnoses, hardware repairs, and programming bug fixes and alterations

  • Provide technical support on company sponsored products to customers and other company technicians

  • Diagnose and resolve technical problems on jobs and provide appropriate reports to project management

  • Attend project turnover meeting with project manager to gain knowledge of project estimate and scope

  • Organize and maintain control submittal project redlines and submit to design engineer at project end for as built drawing creation

  • Participate in jobsite final walk-throughs, complete job closeout documentation, provide customer training

  • Work with other technicians to develop and share technical solutions

  • Actively participate in technician training to maintain technical expertise on new products, tools, and integration through continuing education initiatives

    Qualifications :

  • Minimum of three years of experience with PLC/HMI control systems

  • Must have good driving record.

  • A contingency for employment will require the successfully passing of a background investigation.

    Mental and Physical Competencies required to perform essential functions:

  • Working knowledge of at least one PLC software (i.e. Rockwell RSLogix or Modicon Unity Pro)

  • Working knowledge of at least one HMI software (i.e. Rockwell FactoryTalk or Wonderware InTouch)

  • Knowledge of common Windows Office applications

  • Knowledge of Microsoft SQL or other database applications preferred but not required

  • Knowledge of Ethernet and serial network communication formats and hardware configurations

  • Understanding of basic process controls (i.e. PID control loops, motor control, commissioning of digital and analog measurement devices)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written

    Environmental Adaptability:

    At any given time, may be exposed to:

  • Normal office conditions

    Equipment / Tools:

  • AutoCAD Electric

  • PLC Software (Allen-Bradley RSLogix 500, StudioLogix5000, or Modicon)

  • HMI Software (Wonderware or FactoryTalk View)

    Baker Group offers a competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment. Wage is dependent on experience.


    Baker Group is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All positions are contingent upon successfully completing a drug test.