Solara Automation designs and builds custom automation equipment to give manufacturing companies in NC, SC and VA a competitive advantage in their markets.  Our services include Systems Integration, Machine Design, Control Systems Development, Software Integration, Product/Process Development, Machining/Fabrication, Machine Vision and Robotics.

We seek engineering professionals educated or skilled in Automation Technology, Mechanical Design and Controls Integration. As a technology-driven company we desire individuals looking to challenge themselves to reach their full potential in a fast-paced environment.

Solara offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, with competitive base pay and bonus opportunities, superior benefits, a flexible work environment and opportunities for career development.  Our engineers are involved in every phase of delivering quality work, on-time and on-budget in a strong teamwork-based culture.


Solara is always looking for talented, experienced automation experts. Check in with us if you have experience we can use.

Open Positions

General Skills/Qualifications:

  • MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook) and general computer literacy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter, team player, works well with others and has a positive attitude
  • Creative thinker, results oriented, focused, and attentive to detail
  • Able to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Sharp, quick, dedicated and innovative problem solver
  • Compatible core values and a drive for continuous self-improvement
  • Organized, detail oriented, and able to think designs through completely

Experience/Education Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in engineering or related discipline (BSEE degree preferred)
  • 6+ years of experience in the automation industry
  • Proficient in Design/Drafting Tools AutoCAD and SolidWorks
  • Programming Logic Controllers (PLC) (e.g. Allen-Bradley, Omron)
  • Configuring and designing HMI systems (e.g. Allen Bradley. PC)
  • Familiar with Industry Standards UL and CE
  • Familiar with various Motion Controllers/Actuators
  • Experience and skill in troubleshooting control system issues
  • Desired - experience with Vision System programming (e.g. Cognex, Keyence)
  • Desired - experience with Robot programming (e.g. ABB, Fanuc)

Job Responsibilities:


  • Develop electrical design, schematics and drawings in AutoCAD
  • Interpret mechanical design drawings for electrical requirements (g. SolidWorks)
  • Research supplier products for assembly components
  • Help establish new and maintain existing standards
  • Develop electrical bill of materials
  • Power up electrical systems and configure hardware per application specifications
  • Check quality of assemblers/technicians work and assist during assembly
  • Work with Sales Engineers to provide input with quote preparation as required


  • Design and develop software applications based on specifications or new concepts
  • Understand client requirements for HMI/communication interface, networking and create specifications based on these requirements
  • Review, modify and redesign legacy code (in-house and in the field)
  • Troubleshoot issues with existing company installed systems
  • Write user manuals to communicate functionality of company developed programs
  • Technical writing including Software Documentation (g. Test Plan, Operating Manual with Troubleshooting Guide, Spare Parts List with Vendor Parts
  • Requirement Reviews – Participate in reviews and work with Mechanical Engineering to ensure proper implementation of features


  • Comply with the company safety procedures. Live the company culture of integrity, teamwork, self-discipline and professional competence
  • Provide timely and detailed status updates, as required
  • Quality – Ensure standards are maintained in a process driven environment
  • Able/willing to travel and work at customer sites
  • Available/willing to work overtime to meet project commitments, as required
  • Involved in the Recruitment/Training/Orientation/ of new employees

Download Automation Controls Engineer Job Description (PDF)

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