Senior PLC Programmer / Robot Programmer

We want you! Pioneer Industrial Systems is a rapidly growing custom design and build, robotic, automation company in Northwest Ohio. In 2022 our company grew by 66% and we are continuing to expand. Due to this unprecedented expansion, we are seeking qualified, driven individuals to join our Pioneer family. In addition to overall company growth, we were awarded the 2022 FANUC Innovator of the Year Award for taking a FANUC robot from the factory to the highway to provide a safer and more efficient means of crack sealing.

Pioneer is seeking a motivated robot programmer that has experience in machine design standards and 3-5 years of experience programming FANUC robots.  Up to 25% travel is required for service calls, start-up, as well as commissioning of automated equipment at customer facilities.

If you are seeking a challenging but rewarding career in a growing industry with training and development opportunities, apply today, and let’s start the conversation!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize and design machine controls including writing PLC, robotic and HMI programs from scratch. Integrating with other components such as vision systems, drives, recipe management systems, Level 2 database systems, etc.
  • Perform safety risk analysis and safety circuit integration, Solutions range from hard-wired safety circuits to Guard Logix Safety PLCs.
  • Integrate, setup, and configure vision systems to perform part recognition, part position, robot guidance, and quality inspections. Prevalent vision systems used are Fanuc 2D and 3D iR Vision, Keyence, and Cognex.
  • Design and set up Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet networks for communication to internal cell components, as well as external databases and level 2 plant systems.
  • Experience configuring and programming Allen Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix PLCs. Siemens and Beckhoff programming experience a plus.
  • Fanuc robot experience is a plus.
  • Ability to read electrical schematics.
  • Interface with customers to understand their needs and provide assistance in solving customer issues. This support is done both remotely and onsite.
  • Produce documentation on the operation of the automated equipment.
  • Start-up equipment on-site at the customer facility, provide training, and service support.

Desired Education and Experience

  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience and associate degree required; preferably related to automation, robotics, or manufacturing.
  • Experience with FANUC robots and controllers and/or experience with PLC programming, Allen Bradley/Rockwell Logix, and/or Siemens
  • A solid understanding of Electrical and Mechanical systems as they pertain to automated machinery.
  • Possess organizational skills, maintain a neat and organized work environment, track project timing, and cost to project plan.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours and overtime on an as-needed basis.


  • Competitive salary
  • Group health insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Supplemental dental and vision
  • Supplemental disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) plan with partial company match
  • Bonus paid for travel
  • Paid training opportunities

Ability to Work from Either Location:

  • Hybrid / Design & Build facility located in Pioneer, OH

About Us

Pioneer Industrial Systems designs and builds turnkey robotic systems, which provide our customers with less headaches and higher profits.  Our vision is developing people to grow our company, which will proudly provide for generations.  We are a family-owned business with an excellent team and a strong focus on our company culture.  Using the EOS process, we have a clear plan for strategic growth as well as a firm definition of our company culture.  We hire, discipline, reward, and fire around our core values:

Our Core Values - Behaviors that Define Who We Are


Acts morally, is honest, and does what is right


Challenges the status quo with creative thinking and the ability to simplify


Positive can-do attitude, realistic, and open to ideas while avoiding gossip


Efficiently works to achieve both individual and organizational goals

Team Player

Respectfully sharing ideas and working together to win


Takes personal ownership of actions and responsibilities

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