Controls & IoT Internship


Columbus, IN

Job Description:


TMH Production Engineering prepares new manufacturing processes and supports production activities by continuously improving safety, quality, and productivity, and reducing downtime and environmental impact.  Strategic tasks for Production Engineering include the introduction of new automation to maintain productivity in an increasingly competitive labor market, the increase of production capacity to meet sales forecasts, and the improvement of material flow within the plant to reduce lead-time and improve safety.  Controls & IoT engineers focus on identifying and launching new technologies in our manufacturing area and companywide IoT projects. Our manufacturing facility includes processes for laser cutting, saw cutting, CNC machining, press brake and hydraulic press forming, manual and robotic MIG welding, resistance welding, powder coating, painting, assembly, inspection, and material handling as well as hydraulic cylinder and hose manufacturing.


Our Customers:

  1. The TMH Manufacturing Department. Our manufacturing associates are fulfilling the core function of our company and they are our primary customer.  We serve them in a variety of ways ranging from providing day-to-day support on minor issues, to new process development, safety improvements, equipment upgrades, and hundreds of minor process improvements per year.
  2. The TMH Production Engineering Department. The controls engineering group members are typically not the “process owners” within the production engineering group.  As such, our fellow engineers are our customers as we provide controls support on projects throughout the department.
  3. Our fellow TMH Associates. We provide technical expertise for TMH as a whole, not only Production Engineering or Manufacturing.  We have the flexibility and responsibility to fulfill our mission of “Helping People Carry the Load” by providing support wherever a need exists in the company.


  1. Operations Support: Support daily production activities including Maintenance Controls Technicians by improving issues related to PLCs and other electrical controls on manually controlled equipment, automated processes, and robotics. Respond to emergency production issues as they arise when technical support is needed.
  2. Controls Improvement: Take a lead role in controls improvement projects to resolve problems that have been identified from downtime, quality, and safety incidents.
  3. Project Support: Take a support role to capital projects being led by the Production Engineer with ownership of the process that include controls and automation. Ensure clear controls specifications and approved electrical drawings meet company standards. Support equipment run-off and debugging before and during mass production implementation.

 Essential Position Duties:

  • Foundational with industrial control system design and troubleshooting (PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, and Servos).
  • Change management of industrial networks including shop floor equipment, production servers, and office workstations. 
  • Collaborate with Maintenance and Manufacturing Leadership to identify and recommend countermeasures to reduce equipment downtime
  • Foundational at writing and modifying PLC ladder logic and structured text programs.
  • Foundational at developing and working in VB Script and SQL.
  • The willingness and ability to work hands-on to repair or improve equipment.
  • A sense of urgency to quickly implement countermeasures to production issues.
  • The capability to prepare concise project justifications and requests for capital investment.
  • Foundational in the following programming languages / methods (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C#, Python, VB / VBA)
  • Foundational in one or more of the following data sources (MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, SAP)
  • Foundational with the use of InduSoft, Ignition, WonderWare, or other similar SCADA systems for communication, data manipulation, and data logging.
  • Foundational of applicable ANSI, NFPA, and OSHA standards and the capability to select equipment components and implement safe control systems.
  • Foundational with Omron controls systems.

General Requirements:

  • Strong technical experience and troubleshooting capability, and willingness to work hands-on
  • Strong work ethic, intrinsically motivated, ability to organize work and multi-task
  • Ability to work professionally with all levels of the organization
  • Pursuit of Engineering or Engineering Technology degree (mechanical/industrial/electrical)

Examples of work:

Preparing an Andon system for a production line: Prepare the specification, obtain quotes, prepare the approval documents, and seek approval for the project. Complete the procurement of a control panel, radio remote pushbuttons, wired inputs, and LCD monitors. Procure the contractor work, including the physical installation of the monitors, the electrical connections, and network connection. Prepare the PLC program, connect the PLC to the Indusoft service running on the server. Map the memory locations and prepare the visualization to be displayed on the monitors in Indusoft. Follow-through to successful implementation.


Implement a conveyor safety improvement: Investigate the identified problem with the Production Engineer with ownership of the process. Evaluate the risk and determine the appropriate countermeasure. Estimate/quote the cost of purchased components, prepare the approval documents and seek approval for the project. Procure the required hardware, including light curtains and related devices. Procure the contractor work and coordinate the installation of the hardware/wiring. Integrate the new hardware within the conveyor PLC program and add the necessary control and visualization to the HMI.


Implement a system to monitor tank levels: Investigate the available methods to monitor the liquid levels within the tanks. Prepare the scope of work documents and obtain quotes from contractors to complete installation of sensing devices, conduit, and wiring. Develop the approval documents and obtain approval. Procure hardware and coordinate the completion of contractor installation work. Install new hardware in the existing control panel to allow the connection of the new devices to the PLC. Terminate and label the wiring. Prepare the modification to the PLC program. Test the new logic without interrupting production. Add the required functionality to the HMI program. Ensure spare devices are added to store room inventory, the Manufacturing and Maintenance Departments understand the operation of the equipment, and implement the system.


Affirmative Action Responsibility:

As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

It is Toyota Material Handling’s policy to afford equal employment and advancement opportunity for all qualified individuals without distinction or discrimination because of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations.

About Toyota Material Handling

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Based in Columbus, Indiana, Toyota offers a full line of high-quality material handling equipment sold under the Toyota brand for over 50 years. We hire great people from a wide array of backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes Toyota Material Handling stronger. We seek individuals committed to excellence with talent, skill and innovation. We offer a generous salary and benefits package with a pleasant and enthusiastic work environment.

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