Engineer Electrical Controls & Automation


About Us

As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand.  Since revolutionizing the forestry industry in Germany with the first electric chainsaw in 1926, the STIHL name has remained synonymous with outstanding innovations, high-quality products and comprehensive service.


STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Electrical Controls & Automation Engineer to join our team at STIHL's corporate headquarter in Virginia Beach, VA! With competitive compensation, excellent benefits and exciting growth potential, it's a great time to join the STIHL team.


Position highlights include: 

  • Multiple bonus opportunities with potential annual merit increases
  • 75% Employer Paid - Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Onsite Health & Wellness Center for employees and family members
  • Company Paid Short & Long-Term Disability
  • Company provided Life Insurance
  • Fully vested after 5 years Pension Plan
  • 401k Plan with employer match
  • Vacation, & Sick time with 11 paid holidays

About You

This individual will develop new methods, techniques and improvements for all areas of production, including assembly, vibration welding, subassembly and polymers. They will conduct basic and advanced assembly engineering assignments for the production facility, including but not limited to the usage and deployment of Poka Yoke, smart tools, vision systems and advanced production verb agreement assembly error proofing, solve manufacturing problems, tooling designs, assembly machine designs and improvements. This individual will improve the efficiency of assembly operations by studying generally accepted engineering methods and reporting on findings regarding assembly and subsequent production operations.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports the assembly department with design, debugging, troubleshooting and continual improvement of production assembly equipment and methods.
  • Programs, configures and develops sequence of operation for PLC programs on new and existing assembly equipment.
  • Completes electrical, pneumatic, hardware and software control design for new and existing assembly workstations, auto stations and light automation machines.
  • Conducts analysis of and implements vision-based monitoring systems.
  • Directs and manages technical contractors and service providers how to complete projects, and verifies project specifications have been met.
  • Recommends, designs and implements techniques that enhance design performance, reduce cost and improve assembly processes and quality.
  • Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Manages multiple engineering projects simultaneously with limited supervision within defined timelines.
  • Provides 24-hour emergency engineering support via on-call or on-site assistance as required.



  • 5 years’ experience with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering/Mechatronics (EET) or related discipline, or 7 years’ electrical engineering experience without a college degree
  • Advanced knowledge of PLC programming and vision/inspection systems preferred.
  • Mid-level electrical engineering experience
  • Strong critical thinker, have problem-solving abilities, and be able to work independently.
  • Able to communicate at different levels of the business.
  • Proficient in HMI Design development implementation.


Preferred specifications:

  • Siemens control systems experience
  • Vision Systems maintenance
  • Profi Net/Bus
  • Safety Monitor Systems
  • E-planner/ Auto-CAD
  • Fanuc Robotics, integration, and modifications
  • Read and/or modify electrical schismatic.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach