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PDS Tech Inc Senior Controls Software Engineer in Palmdale, California


The individual will provide engineering, integration and technical support for manufacture of automated assembly equipment. The individual will assume a lead role in the programming, commissioning, and software testing phase. It is the responsibility of the successful candidate to design, program, test and start-up the system in our clients’ facility. Design work includes PLC software logic development, CNC programming, HMI programming, and drive configuration. The individual will be an integral part of the team from concept through production, and will be counted on to represent Ascent Aerospace in a professional manner, especially during the critical commissioning and buy off phase.


  • Responsible for automated controls system design, specification, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up assistance

  • Design, write, test, implement and document PLC and HMI software

  • Support installation, commissioning, and production support of the systems on the customer floor

  • Completes the design of complex systems that integrate both hardware and software controls elements

  • Assist in the development of company standards to ensure consistency in project execution

  • Work with other integration engineers on researching new technologies which can be applied to aerospace applications to improve system design and performance

  • Any additional duties assigned by management


Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful job performance will be considered. Typical qualifications would be:

  • BA or BS degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering or equivalent experience

  • Proficient in MS Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project

  • Strong knowledge of electrical power and distribution systems

  • Proven experience in PLC logic and programming with Siemens or Allen Bradley PLCs

  • CNC experience with Siemens 840 controller a plus

  • Experience programming Siemens or Allen Bradley servo drives and VFD's

  • 5+ years of software development experience involving testing for controls and related automation applications is required

  • 5+ years experience with servo controlled motion applications

  • Experience in C# Programming language is preferred

  • This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22.C.F.R. § is required.


  • Problem solving – the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

  • Project Execution – Knowledge of project management life-cycle from requirements gathering through design and implementation

  • Interpersonal Skills – the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things when working with the various Internal/External stakeholders

  • Oral communication – the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.

  • Written Communications – the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.

  • Planning/organizing – the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.

  • Adaptability – the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.

  • •Dependability – the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

  • Safety and security – the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses office equipment and materials properly.

  • Strategic Planning – Working in a team environment to establish group goal and objectives, and developing/implementing action plans focused on achievement.




40%--Day trips to Santa Ana will be required


Working conditions described here are representative of those that may be experienced by an employee on a daily basis while performing the functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes and airborne particles.

  • Typically sits for extended periods at a computer workstation

  • May access and work in the manufacturing plant

  • The employee may be exposed to vibration

  • The employee is occasionally exposed to caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

  • May be required to work weekends to meet department and business demands

  • Work with safe manufacturing processes and understanding that eyewear is mandatory in the manufacturing area

  • Knows that safety shoes are recommended in the manufacturing area


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

  • Must be able to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

  • Must be able to see, talk, hear, touch, feel and reach with hands and arms.

  • Must be able to frequently walk & stand for short periods of time

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and move objects up to 35lbs.


Employment is contingent upon successfully passing an employee reference check, criminal background check, and drug screening.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.