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We’re Hiring!

Thinking of making a change? We’re looking for new talent to join our team.

TCA is hiring multiple positions at our Puslinch facility – check out the job descriptions below and apply at careers@tcatech.com.

Intermediate and Senior Controls Engineer

This highly motivated individual is responsible for creating electrical drawings and designing controls for custom automated solutions.

Read more about the position here.

Applications Engineer

Responsible for actively driving and managing the concepting stage of the sales process, this highly skilled individual works as the key technical adviser for our customers.  If you want to be a product advocate identifying and providing reliable solutions for all technical issues, this may just be the role for you.

Read more about the position here.

Senior Project Manager

This engaged individual must be highly organized and have a passion for working collaboratively with technical teams. Responsible for fully managing the project, this person will be the customers go-to guy for up-to-the minute information on their projects.

Read more about the position here.

Electrician

We’re looking for a licensed electrician with a keen eye for detail and general love for the job. This person will be responsible for wiring, panel building,  and commissioning of automated equipment.

Read more about the position here.

Machine Builder

This position requires someone who loves the challenge of putting together complex equipment. Our machine builders work closely with out technical team to fit, assemble, and debug technically advanced machinery.

Read more about the position here.

Are these not the right fit, but you’re still interested in TCA Tech?

Even if we don’t have a posted vacancy, we still urge you to submit your resume! We are always interested in talking to great people with specific skill-sets.

Other positions we typically are looking for:

  • Mechanical Designers
  • CNC Machinists

Send your resumes to our Human Resources Department at careers@tcatech.com

 

Bringing Electronics Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Motorola is manufacturing its Moto X smartphone in Fort Worth, Texas. Apple announced that assembly and some manufacturing of the MacBook Pro will be done in the U.S., as well as adding 2,000 jobs at a new component manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.  Why are electronics manufacturers starting to bring their business back to North America? Many technology giants sent jobs and operations overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and large factories. The reasons for manufacturing and assembling in Asia are now starting to dwindle and the reasons to bring these operations back to North America are skyrocketing. Labor is getting more expensive and working conditions are improving in countries like China, India, and Thailand so companies can no longer take advantage of the low wages and long hours. Shipping costs are increasing as well so companies are spending more and more to ship these products back here. But perhaps the most legitimate reason to bring electronics manufacturing back to North American soil is the design/production disconnect.

North American companies typically retained design functions here even when they sent manufacturing offshore. This separation led to very inefficient production of a variety of products. Designs done here evolved into things that were not easy to manufacture, prompting workers overseas to change the designs or charge more for labor and time. Bringing back product manufacturing reunites the design function with the people who make the components, streamlining the entire process for a higher quality, lower cost item. GE is a great example of a company that has reshored manufacturing of multiple products and ended up simplifying their entire process, fully expecting that the improved communication and innovation will translate directly into improved profitability.

Check out the recent articles below for more information on the Made in America movement:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-28/more-companies-see-advantage-to-manufacturing-in-the-u-dot-s

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-04/apple-to-build-plant-in-arizona-with-2-000-workers-to-make-parts.html

How Automation is Aiding North American Manufacturing

The manufacturing renaissance is a hot topic these days within our industry, and automation is playing a hand in the process. The use of automated systems and robotics are allowing companies to bring production back to North America for a lower cost than the already inexpensive overseas labor. New advancements in three-dimensional vision, offline programming, and force-sensing technology are making newer robotic animation systems capable of performing more complex tasks according to Design World.

PIC013It’s not just a matter of cost when it comes to automation in the manufacturing industry. Robotics could be the answer to issues manufacturers were previously having with quality of the products they were putting out. Senior applications engineer at Bastian Solutions, Steve Kruse spoke to Design World about new automation quality. “Some of the quality issues have left a sour taste,” Kruse said. “Manufacturers are looking towards automation to bring products back, get the quality up, and still maintain a competitive price in the global market.” But what about the jobs of the North American workers that used to perform those tasks?  This is where the debate heats up.

At first glance it is easy to assume that automation could kill off many manufacturing jobs, but that simply is not the case. The business that automation would be taking is from other countries that are offering cheap labor, so automation may actually be able to bring more manufacturing back to North America that had migrated overseas. While this may not create large numbers of traditional manufacturing jobs, the machines will need skilled personnel for repair, upkeep, and operational overseers, as well as company administrative employees, and many other opportunities for good positions.PIC040