Robotics Application Engineer
Vigor, LLC
Portland, OR
Vigor Values

Vigor expects all employees to enhance the atmosphere in which they work by living the Vigor Values every day.

Truth: We seek the truth, and we speak the truth
Responsibility: We act on what we know is right
Evolution: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world
Love: We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in

Vigor is a values-driven, diversified industrial business operating in six primary locations with 2,300 people in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Built around a collection of powerful, unique assets with differentiated capabilities, Vigor excels at specialized shipbuilding, ship repair, and complex projects in support of our nation’s infrastructure and national defense. With deep respect for people and the planet, Vigor strives to be a positive, regenerative force for good in the lives of its employees and in the community.

Vigor’s Marine Fabrication teams build high performance, mission-critical vessels for combatant, unmanned and port security applications as well as ferries, fireboats, survey vessels, tugs, barges, and a variety of steel and aluminum vessels. Our shipbuilding experts take pride in delivering quality workmanship, on time and on budget and meeting or exceeding all client requirements.

Vigor is privately owned and publicly minded. The company values training, hard work, and thoughtful and smart problem solving. Vigor holds every employee accountable for success. Vigor minimizes barriers and responds quickly to market conditions and customers' needs. Vigor is serious about safety and environmental stewardship.

The Robotic Application Engineer is a valuable role responsible for providing support in welding-related technical questions. Tasks include reviewing customer and standard requirements as well as managing and improving welding data to optimize productivity. Responsible for developing Robotic welding techniques, procedures, and application of welding equipment to problems involving fabrication of metals, utilizing knowledge of production specifications and engineering principles. Conducts research and development investigations to develop and test new fabrication processes and procedures, develop new or modify current welding methods, techniques, and procedures.

(This list is not intended to detail all aspects of the assigned work but is representative of the job’s overall responsibilities)

Investigates problems, analyzes root causes and derives resolutions. Will use Problem Solving Process to ensure sustainable quality products.
Evaluates and develops programming/coding of the robotic systems and software.
Develop new standards and processes in welding and fabrication for robotics.
Design fixtures/work holding devices to support existing and new products for welding
Performs software updates, seam development and assisting operators in setting up equipment as needed.
Proactive involvement in the application of new technologies to improve the welding process
Provide technical support for robotic program on assembly processes
Developing welding techniques and procedures for robotic welding operations
Implement process improvements for current robotic welding practices
Ensure accurate documentation of all robotic weld parameters and weld audit reports, and develop and maintain a welding reference library (Database)
Create back-ups of robot programs or parameters and Maintain operational archive of Robotic systems Data.
Assist or perform welding equipment setup and communication
Assist or perform robotic weld gun calibration
Perform verification of weld equipment performance
Perform assembly tasks
Complies with company’s safety and environmental measures.
Read and understand blueprints and other assembly drawings.
Communicates effectively, ability to work independently or in a group
Works with other shop staff and their applied processes as it impacts the work being completed
Other duties as assigned
JOB SCOPE: Operates within general parameters, but must use sound judgment and independent decision making when carrying out job responsibilities. Has the ability to influence and recommend modifying existing protocols. Will monitor all aspects of robot performance in production runs. Develops, implements, and improves complex manufacturing production processes and methods. Utilize skills to improve output and reliability of the robotic systems. Develop training materials to improve skills of technical team. Failure to meet the expectations of the customer or requirements of regulatory bodies could result in increased costs as well as significant loss of future business.


INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: Must be able to discuss complex thoughts and timelines with engineers and planners.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written for constant interaction with all departments and employee levels and outside customers.
Computer skills required, including engineering computer equipment and software (analysis, design, CAD/CAM and data programs). Knowledge of MS Windows, Advanced Excel, Word, Auto-CAD, and SolidWorks modeling.
Experience with automatic offline programming software for robots.
Experience developing weld parameters, process sheets, training modules and analysis of weld
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their applications.
Demonstrated previous experience with Robotic Arc welding and associated simulation tools.
Must be well-organized, detail and customer (internal and external) oriented, a self-starter.
Ability to read and comprehend work specifications, work orders, blueprints, contracts and technical publications.
Ability to handle competing priorities and deadlines effectively and respond well to last minute, high priority, time sensitive projects.
Ability to schedule, direct and organize work within a diverse department and coordinate work with other departments to maintain efficiency and facilitate group decision-making, team building and conflict resolution.
Must have the ability to take on a variety of responsibilities in a small team environment.
Hands on experience assembling, testing and troubleshooting robotic systems in shop environment and field
Must be comfortable discussing plans and design details before design is complete.
Must be able to discuss concepts before all facts are available.
Must be able to travel/drive between facilities to support production on site.

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
Minimum Two (2) years of experience in design and development of complex, multi-axis mechatronic or robotic systems.
Minimum Two (2) years of experience in robot path programming
Project experience from concept to installation

Problem Solving
Creative thinking
Team Work
Customer Focus
Drive for Results
Conflict management
Priority Setting
Learning on the fly
Motivating others
Excellent communication, analytical, problem solving, planning, team orientation and presentation skills
Good organizational and time management skills
Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive attitude
Excellent control of stress and proactively


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is conducted in a dynamic, fast-paced office setting with moderate to loud noise levels from production activity in the yard. The individual may be required to be in production areas in yard. He/she must be able to walk to and from job sites. The person must be able to climb inclined stairways and vertical ladders. The incumbent may be required to lift up to 20 pounds. He/she may be required to work more than 8-hour shifts and weekend work. There may be local travel and out-of-town travel (including air travel) up to 15% of the time with notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While in production areas, will be exposed to all weather conditions, noise, dusts and odors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.