Employment Type: Full Time

Procurement Administrator

The role is responsible for the timely and efficient procurement of materials for the manufacture of automated equipment.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Input orders into Sage finance software, seek approval per procedures and email PO details to supplier
  • Monitor progress of orders, updating both system and project manager of changes
  • Keep relevant personnel aware of progress of orders, highlighting any delays or changes to plan
  • Keep agreed account terms with suppliers updated
  • Set up new client accounts on Sage, maintaining correct information, keeping records, and archiving data
  • Review purchasing reports as relevant
  • Follow through on any discrepancies regarding deliveries, contact suppliers and confirm delivery date of short items
  • Effectively co-ordinate the ordering of materials for both Mechanical and Electrical trolleys on work-shop floor
  • Provide back-up support to Stores Administrator as necessary to efficiently manage and record on systems (GRN) all incoming deliveries
  • Interact with our suppliers and in-house teams and provide a timely and relevant response to all queries
  • Manage customer orders for spares materials

Educational, Experience, Skills & Competencies:

  • Leaving Certificate
  • Prior relevant experience including:
    • Familiarity with processes in a busy office environment
    • Good understanding of Excel, prior use of Sage an advantage
    • Prior procurement experience advantageous
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willing to take ownership
  • Self-starter with good attention to detail

Electrical Build Technician

KAON Automation is seeking to recruit a qualified electrician to join our busy machine build team.

Job Description & Duties:

The  Electrical Build Technician is responsible for the build and debug of machines. The main aspects of the job includes:

  • Mechanical assembly and debugging of customised automated assembly machines.
  • Marking up any changes to mechanical & electrical drawings that change during the machine build phase.
  • Electrical field wiring aspect of machine building
  • Electrical wiring of machine control panels (qualifications permitting)
  • On-site installation of equipment
  • Meeting project delivery deadlines
  • Maintaining GMP standards
  • Complying with company safety policies
  • Managing materials related to the machine build

You will be responsible for signing off that the mechanical & electrical aspects of a machine are up to standard before any equipment is shipped. This roll in the company is critical to the success of a project and requires self-critical and detailed workmanship in order to be able to set the highest standards for the practices in the company.

The mechanical aspects of the job involve assembling components from detailed assembly drawings and then mechanical fault finding and problem solving. You will also be required to build pneumatic and electrical schematics required on the machine and detail any changes.  You will be involved in the mechanical and electrical debug after the machine is powered up.

Responsibilities:

  • Machine build
  • Innovate modifications & solutions.
  • Panel build and field wiring
  • Electrical / mechanical debug
  • Read / mark-up electrical drawings.
  • Debugging of machines: Electrical/ Mechanical
  • Managing the machine build materials during build
  • Restocking of components eg screws, profile accessories.
  • Quality / pre-delivery checks / testing
  • Minor milling, drilling
  • Tidy up tools
  • General tool maintenance

Educational, Experience, Skills & Competencies:

  • Electrician qualification
  • 3+ years relevant experience ideally working in a manufacturing environment
  • Computer literate
  • Good knowledge of health and safety
  • Willing to take ownership
  • Self-starter with good attention to detail
  • Proven track record in delivering solutions
  • Current driving licence and able to travel as required

Apprenticeship Programme

KAON AUTOMATION is a Sligo based company specialising in offering our clients advanced automation solutions to their manufacturing requirements comprising of mechanical mechanisms, pneumatics, robotics, electrical control systems, vision systems and servo systems. Our customers are typically large multinational companies, and we provide solutions in Ireland, Europe, Asia and South America. We are currently seeking suitable recruits to enrol in full apprenticeship programs in the following trades:

  • MAMF – Mechanical Automation & Mechanical Fitting
  • Electrical

Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have achieved at least Grade D in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and preferably one technical subject.

Additional Skills/Preferences

Apprentice needs to maintain a high standard of workmanship, with a strong safety record.

The successful candidate should display a positive learning ethos.

Additional Information

These are entry level, on-the-job and classroom training-based programmes and is therefore ideally aimed towards recent school-leavers.    

Programme

A typical programme will include the following:

  • Receive guidance and support from experienced engineers and technicians who are experts in their fields.
  • Support the on-site qualified machine build technicians in daily routine and non-routine build and debug of highly automated equipment
  • Maintain a Solas training register
  • Adhere to all the on-site safety and quality rules
  • Work in different environments across the site, e.g., panel build, field wiring, machine debug, installations, etc
  • Attend block releases across a number of phases through the 4-year apprenticeship cycle, this may require travel to one of the Technical Institutions.

Stores Assistant

The primary role will be to assist the Stores department in the efficient operation of the stores room including procurement of all materials, ensuring that they are stored in the correct locations and all paperwork is correct and entered into the KAON Automation material handling software. 

While the role is primarily Stores based, the job holder will also assist machine build technicians with mechanical machine assembly as necessary.

Primary duties will include:

  • Manage all incoming deliveries
  • Check quantities and quality check
  • Record deliveries on system
  • Manage stock levels
  • Conduct stock takes
  • Input orders into system, seek approval per procedures and email PO details to supplier
  • Monitor progress of orders, updating system and stores manager of changes
  • Keep the stores area tidy and clean
  • Assist mechanical machine assembly when necessary

Educational, Experience, Skills & Competencies

  • Prior experience not necessary
  • Ability to work on own initiative and must be proactive
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Common sense approach with attention to detail
  • Excellent time management
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Excel and Sage an advantage
  • Interest in mechanics and / or machinery an advantage

Machine Build Technician

Your primary role in KAON Automation is to be responsible for the Build and Debug of machines. The main aspects of the job include:

  • Mechanical assembly and debugging of customised automated assembly machines.
  • Marking up any changes to mechanical & electrical drawings that change during the machine build phase.
  • Electrical field wiring aspect of machine building
  • Electrical wiring of machine control panels (qualifications permitting)
  • On-site installation of equipment
  • Meeting project delivery deadlines
  • Maintaining GMP standards
  • Complying with company safety policies
  • Managing materials related to the machine build

You will be responsible for signing off that the mechanical & electrical aspects of a machine are up to standard before any equipment is shipped. This roll in the company is critical to the success of a project and requires self-critical and detailed workmanship in order to be able to set the highest standards for the practices in the company.

The mechanical aspects of the job involve assembling components from detailed assembly drawings and then mechanical fault finding and problem solving. You will also be required to build pneumatic and electrical schematics required on the machine and detail any changes.  You will be involved in the mechanical & electrical debug after the machine is powered up.

Responsibilities:

  • Machine build
  • Innovate modifications & solutions.
  • Field wiring.
  • Electrical / mechanical debug.
  • Read / mark-up electrical drawings.
  • Debugging of machines. Electrical/ Mechanical.
  • Managing the machine build materials that they are working on.
  • Restocking of mechanical components ie screws, profile accessories.
  • Maintain workshop
  • Machine manuals
  • Quality / pre-delivery checks.
  • Minor milling, drilling
  • Tidy up tools
  • General tool maintenance.

Quality Assurance Engineer

The Quality Assurance Engineer is responsible for providing quality support throughout the project lifecycle of manufactured automated equipment. This includes working with a wider team of professionals, with the overall aim of making sure the that the product meets quality and customer expectations, as it moves through each phase of the project lifecycle.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Overall responsibility for machine quality. This will include:
    • Reviewing and approving documentation required at each stage of the project lifecycle – FDS, SOP’s, Project checklists, BOM’s, User Manual pack etc.
    • Creation of internal test documentation and ensuring all machines are inspected and tested to meet customer requirements.
    • Issuing and controlling Electrical and Pneumatic drawings.
    • Reviewing and approving all test documentation associated with product and ensuring it adheres to Good Documentation Practices (GDP). 
    • Where required, support customers validation activities during SAT.
    • Final review of machines prior to shipment.
    • Where required, arrange and facilitate lessons learnt meetings and log any findings.
  • Participate and lead investigations (CAPA), involving but not limited to collecting, identifying and analysing information, investigating product and quality problems and identify effective corrective actions.
  • Close out actions documented on the Company Action List within agreed timeframe.
  • Ensuring training records are maintained to ensure all employees trained on new or changed procedures.
  • Participate and lead process improvements.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned from time to time as needed, based on the evolution of the company and the requirements of the department.

Person specification: 

Qualifications 

•     A bachelor’s degree in Quality, Engineering or Science.                       

Relevant Experience and Knowledge 

  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience working in a GMP environment with experience of implementing relevant systems and processes.
  • Excellent leadership skills as well as interpersonal skills, both written and verbally.
  • Experience working across a number of departments, liaising with department managers to come to appropriate decisions.
  • Experience in validation activities an advantage.
  • Experience with ISO 9001 or similar quality standards desirable. 

Skills and Competencies 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including effective influencing skills. 
  • Technical writing experience.  Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Evidence of strong organisational, planning and time management abilities. 
  • Desire to learn new tasks.
  • Results focused and ability to work on own initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Computer literate in the use of MS Office.  

Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer

The role involves becoming a member of the Kaon Automation mechanical design team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Design

  • Develop part detail drawings and interface with suppliers to get quotations where required.
  • General assembly drawings
  • Ensure accurate bills of materials are developed on all assigned projects

Procurement

  • Brief supplier on requirements and get quotations that ensure quality, value and project timelines are achieved
  • ensure orders are raised on Sage in a timely fashion to support project schedules
  • Follow-up on order progress
  • Develop understanding of supplier techniques

Build

  • Develop Build Packs and brief build team
    • Communicate clearly with machine build technicians to ensure machine builds take place accurately and efficiently.
  • proactively addressing potential design or supply issues affecting projects by providing information and recommendations on a timely fashion to minimise project impacts.
    • Update drawings / Drafts
  • Develop “as built” drawings ensuring that customer drawings reflect as built at all times

Other

  • supporting role to assist lead engineers
  • Ensure standard operating procedures adhered to
    • Complete project checklists and required internal Kaon Automation documents to ensure that project phase exits are completed correctly.

Educational, Experience, Skills & Competencies:

  • Educated to degree level in a mechanical engineering
  • Good communication skills, ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to take responsibility to ensure all project stakeholders are up to date with work progress daily
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good time management skills, able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Self-starter with good attention to detail
  • Current driving licence and able to travel as required

Project Engineer

OVERVIEW

Kaon Automation is seeking a dynamic individual to take responsibility for the successful delivery and implementation of customised automated equipment projects.  Kaon Automation have been providing custom designed automation solutions to leading manufacturing companies globally since 2005 and have a proven track record of providing innovative and flexible solutions.

A successful candidate will work on challenging, innovative projects within a highly technical and collaborative working group.  As a Project Engineer you will be responsible for the delivery of projects to plan and will be the voice of our customers internally.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the delivery of a portfolio of projects.
  • Full accountability of all aspects of project delivery from project kick-off phase to customer support of installed machines. This will include:
    • Ensuring the customer User Requirement Specifications (URS) are delivered to the customers satisfaction.
    • Ensure all aspects of the project delivery is completed to the required standard.
    • Deliver documentation suite including quality, safety, and end user documents.
    • Drive timelines to deliver solutions within the contracted timeframes.
    • Ensuring project milestones are achieved within the budgeted resource allocations.
    • Work closely with Programme Manager and Resources Manager to overcome resourcing and planning conflicts between projects.
    • Control scope and change requests internally and externally.
    • Facilitate effective technical and commercial communications between all project stakeholders.
    • Ensure projects statuses are clearly communicated through ongoing project reviews to customers and Kaon Automation managers.
  • Co-ordinate cross functional teams (Design, Controls, Debug and Workshop teams) to manage prioritisation of tasks.
    • Manage the development of work breakdown structures for each delivery phase.
    • Critically review and resolve planning / delivery issues as they arise.
    • Set out and drive project roadmaps to completion.
  • Provide problem solving support to each of the teams during the project to ensure quick resolutions to technical issues.
    • Maintain a strong understanding of key areas of the ongoing functional and technical challenges of each project.
    • Structured management of project issues using standardised project management tools to prioritise resolutions based on resources and targets.
    • Escalate problems as necessary in timely manner to ensure deadlines maintained.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • Practical experience of mechanical, electrical & controls systems required.
  • Relevant experience in a similar role required.
  • Proven track record in leading engineering teams effectively.
  • Proven track record of ownership and delivery of commitments.
  • Self-starter with good attention to detail.
  • Proven track record in problem solving and delivering complex engineering projects.
  • Demonstrates an ability to take initiative and be innovative.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Attractive Salary Package
  • Pension Scheme
  • Training and development

Controls Engineer

OVERVIEW

Kaon Automation is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to excel in the field of automation.  Kaon Automation have been providing custom designed automation solutions to leading manufacturing companies globally since 2005 and have a proven track record of providing innovative and flexible solutions.

A successful candidate will work on challenging, innovative projects within a highly technical and collaborative working group.  As a Controls Engineer you will be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of complex controls systems for automation equipment.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work within the wider engineering group to develop concepts and specifications for equipment from User Requirement Specifications.
  • Develop and Debug machine control programs including PLC/HMI/Robotics/Motion Control/Vision/etc.
  • Involvement in research, development, and implementation of new control technologies
  • Co-ordinate and manage controls elements of build and debug of equipment.
  • Responsible for completing controls aspects of projects within the schedule and budget.
  • Liaising with customers on requirement specifications and project deliverables
  • Develop relationships with suppliers for equipment/component procurement.
  • Responsibility for design, commissioning, and safety of controls systems.
  • Provide guidance and direction to junior staff to help them realise designs and ensure that the customer end goals are being achieved.
  • Development of machine documentation to meet EU standards.
  • Meeting project deliverables and deadlines

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • Min 5 years relevant experience working on the creation of machine control systems.
    • Ability to program AB Control Logix, Siemens S7
    • Familiar with configuring, commissioning, and debugging common machine networks and drive systems.
    • Experience in robotics (ABB, Fanuc, Mitsubishi, Epson)
    • Experience of machine vision (Cognex, Keyence)
  • Must be keenly interested in engineering technology and remaining knowledgeable about the cutting edge of automation technology.
  • Excellent communication skills are vital to communicate effectively on job specification, technical direction, and issues daily.
  • Must be a self-starter with good attention to detail, willing to take ownership and responsibility to realise project milestones and timelines.
  • Project management experience advantageous
  • Proven track record in delivering solutions.
  • Current driving license and able to travel as required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Attractive Salary Package.
  • Pension Scheme
  • Training and development
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Our Locations

Sligo
Unit 10
Rathrippon Business Park
Collooney, Sligo
Ireland, F91 HPP9

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Unit 20
Euro Business Park
Little Island, Cork
Ireland, T45 CF10

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Kaon Automation Limited
Registered Address: 10 Rathrippon Business Park, Collooney, Co Sligo, F91 HPP9, Ireland.
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