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Automation Engineer
Title:Automation Engineer
Job Location:Grafton, WI

Company Overview

Microbrush International develops, produces, and markets innovative disposable applicators designed for the placement of controlled amounts of materials in hard-to-reach areas. Microbrush is a wholly owned subsidiary of Young Innovations, Inc. Young Innovations is a manufacturer and marketer of high quality dental equipment.

We are looking for a strong Automation Engineer to join the Microbrush team at our Grafton, Wisconsin location. The Automation Engineer will be responsible for the design, assembly, installation, and debugging of new custom automation equipment as well as improving existing production equipment.  This role will be the main point of contact for the Automation/Maintenance Technicians when technical issues arise and will ensure that there is consistency in the way all automation is engineered, documented, and sustained.



  • Design and detail custom automated equipment from concept through installation
  • Program custom equipment and test fixtures (PLC's & HMI’s)
  • Create proper documentation related to the automated equipment
  • Evaluate and select appropriate vendors for fabricated and purchased components
  • Work with vendors to facilitate on-time delivery of quality parts within known budgets
  • Work with all departments as necessary to accomplish project commitments and company goals
  • Assist the Technicians in determining machine issues
  • Manage the progress and schedule for the deliverables and communicate any changes
  • Work with the other members in the engineering team to develop procedures for custom production and testing equipment
  • Manage new machine installation, troubleshooting, and repair
  • Participate in NPD reviews providing “Design for Manufacture and Assembly” input as it relates to automation
  • Work with the Maintenance/Facilities department on plant and equipment layout
  • Ensure equipment and process readiness prior to kickoff of a project
  • Ensure the automation process is capable, ready, and proven prior to new product launches
  • Remain up-to-date on all methods of automation and related tools and recommend new approaches and tooling



  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or A.A.S. in Mechanical Design and 5+ years of automation and machine design experience
  • 5+ years of practical, hands on experience in an equivalent role (i.e. Automation  Engineer) or related field
  • Must possess a strong background in general machine design
  • CAD experience required (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Project Management experience required
  • PLC and HMI programming experience required
  • Ability to design electrical and pneumatic schematics
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Project Management Software - MS Project, MS Excel or SmartSheets preferred
  • Proven ability to lead projects to successful completion (scope, time and budget)
  • Knowledge of cGMP and regulatory requirements (medical device and/or pharma)
  • Good understanding and experience in lean/Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • Demonstrated follow through skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Must be able to modify their work schedule as needed for personnel training or scheduling change needs
  • Occasionally lifting 50 lbs



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