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Automation Engineer

Virginia Beach, VA

STIHL Inc. has an immediate opening for an Automation Engineer. As part of our high speed/volume manufacturing/production team you will develop new methods, techniques and improvements for all areas of production.

The ideal candidate will join our team and continue innovation of the polymers accessories departments automation and processes for our U.S. based manufacturing group which supply’s 50% of the products sold globally!

Company Highlights:

  • Recognized leader - Rated #1 in our industry.


  • Stability – Located in Virginia Beach since the early 70’s, our organization has NEVER had a layoff! 


  • Awesome products – What is cooler than engineering and manufacturing outdoor power equipment?

Position Highlights:

  • Growth – Due to the team’s high level of expertise the group is continuously evolving. 
  • Diversity Within the Job – No day is the same, deal with anything from error proofing to vision systems to robotics.
  • Fast Paced – Time Flies.  Being responsible for troubleshooting and process improvement of technically advanced injection molding automation equipment you will never be bored in this position!
  • Investment – STIHL is dedicated to investing in ground-breaking technology/equipment to improve cost reductions and quality.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Determines and troubleshoots manufacturing processes and equipment at all levels of complexity (robotics, automations and manual stations).  Identify, lead, and implement, process and equipment improvements, and update operator instructions to reflect changes.  Addresses and documents cause and corrective action issues to prevent future problem occurrences.
  • Establishes manufacturing standards for equipment and process for the Department.
  • Engineers tools, fixtures and gauging modifications.  Designs and implements quality improvement systems and error-proofing. Maintains and updates tooling drawings using Solidworks. 
  • Responsible for training Operators, Maintenance and Engineering Technicians on equipment and processes.  Coordinates part inspection procedures with Quality Engineers.
  • Develop, design, and specify process equipment as required by the development programs undertaken by the department.
  • Coordinate day-to-day issues and project work such as equipment receipt and installation with the maintenance staff.
  • Provide management with engineering drawings of new and proposed projects, plant layouts, and equipment modifications.
  • Conduct time studies to continually expand and improve product cost standards.  Calculates cost savings and makes recommendations based on analysis.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline preferred.        
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in troubleshooting robots and robotic systems.
  • 2+ years with Siemens S5, S7


  • Able to complete assigned tasks with minimal guidance
  • 2+ years design experience using solid modeling, Solid Works preferred
  • FANUC robot programs to enhance robot performance





EOE/ Drug Free Workplace

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.