Senior Project Engineer, Automation
Kohler Co.

Kohler, Wisconsin

Senior Project Engineer, Automation

Work Mode: Hybrid

Location:  Kohler, WI


This is more than a job posting for Kohler Company, one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in North America. This is an invitation to collaborate and apply your craft in a creative conscious and characterful culture.

The Senior Project Engineer, Automation is responsible for providing technical expertise in support of automation and manufacturing equipment in Kohler's Kitchen & Bath Group. This will include system design and maintenance, installation oversight, problem solving, consulting, and training on electrical/electronic control systems in the manufacturing environment.

  • Provide technical support as required to ensure plant equipment is operating and optimized.  This includes troubleshooting of down equipment as required (includes emergency and off-hour support).
  • Understanding equipment electrical controls obsolescence and creating plans to mitigate.
  • Participate in driving Smart Factory/Industry 4.0 implementation.  Develop, monitor, and improve data collection and metrics for quality and throughput for equipment.
  • Implement error proofing solutions that are integrated into manufacturing processes.  Examples would be the integration of vision systems, sensors, DC tools, in-process/post process gauge systems, data collection, etc.
  • Project management and commissioning of capital equipment projects as assigned.  Scope could include complete project or limited to the electrical controls and/or other sub-portions of the project.
  • Assist in vendor selection, equipment specification, quotation, and reviews for new equipment to ensure equipment meets Kohler's automation specifications and standards.
  • Provide input into feasibility of projects to maintain business' capital plan.  Prepare White Papers, ACTs, and capital expenditures to achieve the plan.
  • Support design-for-manufacturability improvements to design engineering, both for existing and for new products.
  • Develop individual goals/objectives to support organizational goals using the Maximizing Performance Appraisal Process, and personally demonstrate and drive the Kohler Core Competencies.


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or related field from an ABET accredited program.
  • Associate Degree in field of Electrical Engineering with significant experience and demonstrated results applicable to the position would be considered.
  • Minimum 4+ years of experience in factory automation.
  • Experience needed with controls (PLCs, HMIs, Servos, etc.).  Allen-Bradley preferred.
  • Experience programming and/or integrating with robotics.  Fanuc robotics preferred.
  • Experience creating and reading electrical schematic diagrams.
  • Experience using multi-meters, oscilloscopes, and other lab equipment to analyze complex circuits.
  • Experience with SAP, and/or AutoCAD Electrical a plus.
  • Strong computer skills, both hardware and software.  Proficient in Microsoft Office tools.
  • Must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, a desire for innovation/new technology, sense of urgency, attention to detail, self-motivation, and ability to function effectively within a team environment.
  • Must have a passion for continuous learning and development of new skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to travel 20% - 30%.

We will consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this opportunity.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

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