Controls Application Engineer

Legal Entity:  Fives Gidding & Lewis, LLC
Country:  United States
State:  Wisconsin
City:  Fond du Lac
Job Family:  Engineering and Science
Job Type:  Permanent position
Work Location:  On-site
Job Location – Fond du Lac, WI


CNC Controls Application Engineer for the metal cutting machine tool business. Under supervision, responsible for the application software engineering design required for the machine tool products developed and produced for Fives. In addition, provide innovative original technical designs, project support for sold orders & development projects, as well as sales and service support.

  • Proactively attains a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.
  • Designs, develops, tests, and maintains CNC application software on multiple control platforms for machine tools and other related equipment and systems using various CNC/PLC programming techniques and troubleshooting concepts.
  • Produce and review end-user operator and part programming documentation
  • Troubleshoots software issues when required in support of product startup, including field installation support when required.
  • Focus on continuously improving and optimizing system performance, increasing control system functionality and capability.
  • Participate in cross-functional design teams spanning the entire product life cycle, beginning with the specification stage, and continuing through implementation to product shipment.
  • Works with Electrical Design engineering to select and layout hardware, including controls, amplifiers, digital input and output cards and other components.
  • Maintains software project cost targets and schedules to ensure projects are on track; provides updates on project status as required.
  • Works with the installation teams to promote efficient & effective machine installs with acceptance at customers facilities with on-site support when required.
  • Supports commonality and consistency within & across product lines within the business group.
  • Promotes “right first time” content with appropriate risk mitigation plans when required.
  • Stays up to date on new control methods, designs, industry standards and electrical codes
  • Improves overall company efficiency by participation in special assignments and projects.


  • Effective problem-solving skills and ability to solve technical problems.
  • Strong engineering aptitude and ability to understand complex machine builds.
  • Background in some area of software development.
  • Ability to understand electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Ability to interpret hydraulic, pneumatic, coolant and electrical schematics and applies these circuits to control application software. 
  • Ability to understand CNC applications.
  • Ability to understand multi axis servo systems design.
  • Ability to understand networked I/O fieldbuses (e.g. Profibus, Profinet, IO-Link, etc.).
  • Ability to understand sensor interfaces and other automation technology systems.
  • Ability to understand logic flow diagrams and document software operations.
  • Ability to work well with people and have good communication skills.
  • Self-driven and motivated to succeed.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word
  • Visual Basic, C++, C#, Visual Studio, and web-based programming a plus.
  • HMI interface development a plus


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