Software Engineer - Manufacturing Controls

Schenectady, New York
15 Oct 2016
05 Jan 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
The Brilliant Factory Software Engineer is responsible for designing and developing software solutions as part of the GE Power software portfolio. The Engineer will also be responsible for developing integrations between the shop floor control systems / Brilliant Factory tools / MES systems, and Power Max SAP, which is the global ERP. He/She will be responsible for driving key projects and providing expertise on the architecture, design, and development of shop floor applications.

Essential Responsibilities

The Brilliant Factory Software Engineer will:

  • Experience in designing, developing, and implementing shop floor control / manufacturing execution / web based / client server systems
  • Experience with requirements definition for manufacturing shop floor control systems
  • Programming experience (Java /C / C++ / .NET)
  • Scripting experience (SQL Server preferred)
  • Experience in the integration of shop floor control applications with PLC equipment and ERP manufacturing applications. SAP specific experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience working within as many of the following business areas: Manufacturing, Shop Floor, Production Planning, Inventory Management, Warehouse Management
  • Experience with formal IT Methodologies (Software Development Lifecycle Management, Data Flow Diagraming, Process Flow Charting and Process Modeling, JAD sessions, Joint Requirements Planning / Joint Applications Development
  • Strong Experience with Network Element protocols (TL1, CLI, SNMP, NetConf)
  • Experience in usage of SCADA / HMI software (prefer Proficy/Alllen Bradley)
  • Familiarity with Linux development environment and open source software
  • Familiarity with web services and web technologies such as HTTP, REST, JSON, etc.
  • Experience with Ethernet Switches and Routers (L3 domain)
  • Strong debugging and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong SW development and architecture concepts and skills
  • Knowledge of networking devices and functions
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiar with Agile development methodologies and tools
  • Competent in Blueprint, design, implement and test shop floor software solutions (clients, hardware, firmware)
  • Support, configure, maintain and troubleshoot issues with existing server infrastructure for critical applications for on premise environments
  • Managing small to medium term IT projects for the Greenville factory
  • Hands on ability in Visual Basic and .NET programming
  • Provide shop floor operations support
  • Serve as solution delivery expert for the design, implementation, and support planning of BMS deployments
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with peers and vendors to seamlessly integrate the program area into the overall strategic objectives and activities of the organization
  • Work as a business partner with customers, client leaders, and users to evaluate / improve business processes and arrive at mutual, cost effective solutions
  • Ensure conformance to system architecture, standards and practices
  • Prepare and present project plans, status reports, cost / benefit studies and recommend funding and resources
  • Initiate direct communication with specific customers, clients, suppliers and systems personnel
  • Act as a change agent for business processes
  • Keep up to date with enabling technologies and work as a partner to promote their use


  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems, Information Technology (IT), Computer Science or Engineering from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 5 years work experience with current information technologies and their implementation into the business function
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in software engineering / programming /scripting experience

  • Additional Eligibility Qualifications

    GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Desired Characteristics

    • Excellent team player
    • Collaborates well with others to solve problems and actively incorporates input from various sources
    • Effective change agent with demonstrated ability to motivate others and achieve results
    • Demonstrated curiosity with new technology and its practical application
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Strong problem solving skills, communicates in a clear and succinct manner and effectively evaluates information/data to make decisions; anticipates obstacles and develops plans to resolve
    • Demonstrated customer focus
    • Evaluates decisions through the eyes of the customer; builds strong customer relationships and creates processes with customer viewpoint
    • Quality and cost driven
    • Experience working in a matrix organization with global teams

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