International travel meets cutting-edge software: If you want to see the world and work with companies that develop their own innovative products, your focus should be on Industrial Automation. Within this area, we’ve defined roughly two profiles: PLC engineer (aka automation, controls or SCADA engineer) and field service engineer.
The PLC, or programmable logic controller, is the computer that controls an industrial machine. The one most used by our clients is the Siemens TIA Portal. As a PLC engineer you not only program the software, you also create the human machine interface (HMI), a visual representation of what’s happening in the system in real time. To implement the software, you go to where the customer is based, which could be anywhere in the world. As a field service engineer you travel abroad for periodic maintenance, to resolve malfunctions, install upgrades, and set up new machines. Aside from the technical aptitude, both roles require excellent communication skills since you are also your employer’s calling card.
Our clients, who are mainly in the food, material handling, and packaging industries, are looking for candidates at all levels who are bursting with energy and ambition. They’re happy to show juniors the ropes, as long as they lead with enthusiasm and are open to international adventures.