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Sr Network Operations Engineer (Controls)

  • GE Aviation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/24/2017 4:09:27 PM
  • 2818887
  • Job Function: Digital Technology
  • Business Segment: Aviation Digital
Location(s): United States ; North Carolina; Asheville

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Role Summary:

We're looking for a "swiss army knife": someone who "gets" electronics and computer technology from top to bottom.

In this role, you'll lead the connection of mfg. machines and tooling into the GE Brilliant Factory database infrastructure.
You'll develop the cross-machine and cross-factory standards for PLC communication and connectivity.

Essential Responsibilities:

You'll collaborate with factory technical resources to execute tooling connectivity including activities for virtual mfg.; sensor-enabled mfg. technologies, as well as factory and supply chain optimization.

and you'll

  • Work independently on components of larger network segments
  • Perform incident troubleshooting, change implementation, vendor relationships, and problem analysis
  • Contribute to the team on a variety of projects to deliver high quality results
  • Interpret program strategy & translate into actionable activities at a factory level
  • Develop the technical standards by which factories will connect their machines and tools
  • Coordinate and execute the connection of machines and tools to the GE Network at a plant level
  • Collaborate with the Lean and Fastworks labs to develop standards for new machines and tooling
  • Establish a cross factory change control process and ensure its integration into the business
  • Provide advanced support to the Controls & Connectivity Technician at the factories
  • Collaborate and partner with the larger Aviation Brilliant Factory team, the Global Research Center (GRC), the GE Software CoE and other industry leaders to develop and execute strategic initiatives
  • Drive operational excellence, develop and implement best practices including the enablement of the Brilliant Factory initiatives from the Value Stream Brilliant Factory Leader


  • Bachelor’s degree in a computer science, engineering, electrical engineering, or electronic discipline from an accredited university or college (or High School diploma / GED in combination with at least 10 years of experience in network engineering and / or PLC programming)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in network engineering in a manufacturing (shop floor) environment

    Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong collaboration skills: ability to work with other network ops engineers and cross-functional peers
  • Strong communication skills: clear written and verbal communication
  • Ability to collaborate with SME's
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with (and learn from) other network ops employees, and other individuals within the business, to drive outcomes
  • Self-motivated and passionate about learning new technologies
  • Strong understanding of network terminology, troubleshooting concepts, and layer 1 -3 connectivity
  • Basic understanding of how compute / applications interact with the network
  • Strong understanding of how to troubleshoot / triage network related issues
  • Strong understanding of how to configure network devices
  • Strong understanding of IP address management
  • Ability to learn to use network tools to aid in troubleshooting / monitoring the network
  • Ability to work to deadlines and think critically about the task at hand
  • Strong understanding of routing / switching / wireless technologies
  • Basic understanding of complex technologies like firewalls, IPS, load balancing
  • Ability to understand network utilization / analysis to manage network capacity
  • CCNA or equivalent certification & working towards CCNP
  • Advanced PLC knowledge
  • Database & SQL Reporting knowledge / experience
  • Business Intelligence (BI) tools (e.g. Spotfire) knowledge and experience
  • Ability to lead and support multiple projects simultaneously
  • Clear thinking, inclusiveness and collaboration skills
  • Creative problem solving skills and process-orientation

    Locations: United States ; North Carolina; Asheville

    GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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