Machine Automation Engineer

Phoenix Headquarters

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Associate Automation Engineer, Vending Machine Services

About Carvana

If you like disrupting the norm and are looking for a company revolutionizing an industry then you will LOVE what Carvana has done for the car buying experience. Buying a car the old fashioned way sucks and we are working hard to make it NOT suck. At Carvana, our customers can hop online to...

  • Search and browse our inventory of over 20,000 vehicles that we own and certify.
  • Narrow down search results using highly intelligent filtering tools/components.
  • View vehicle details, Carfax reports, and 360 rotating studio images for every vehicle.
  • Secure financing in minutes using Carvana’s in-house service or their own bank.
  • Interact with GUI components to easily customize loan length, down payment, and monthly payment.
  • Generate, upload, and eSign all documents online (no ink necessary).
  • Schedule front door delivery or pick up at one of our vending machines.
  • Trade-in their existing vehicle or just sell it to Carvana (no purchase necessary).

For more information on Carvana and our mission, sneak a peek at our company introduction video or learn more about what it’s like to work here from the people that already do

About the team and position

We need to be super approachable and always willing to go above and beyond to help our Carvana family. It could be as simple as connecting their monitor to as complicated as tuning their flux capacitor to precisely 1.21 gigawatts! We expect smart people who are doers with bright ideas, willing to put their game-face on, take on new challenges and juggle many assignments at once.

Where hardware meets software, our Car Vending Machine Automation Engineer will bridge the gap between Mechanical and Software Engineering. We're looking for someone with an interest in mechanics and robotics who also happens to dig programming and scripting. You will be involved in the full customer experience of vending a car and have the longest job title of anyone you know.

What you’ll be doing

  • Working on our one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, car vending machines. The vending machines have a myriad of motors and controllers throughout them and we are looking for someone to help maintain the programming of these systems.
  • Extend the functionality of the vending machines through web applications to create new user experiences for our employees working the vending machine and our customers picking up their vehicles.
  • Create and maintain software to automate the control of lighting systems, video capture and data logging systems used inside the vending machine.
  • Act as a resource that our specialists can rely on to understand and troubleshoot issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What you should have

  • 1-2 years of experience with web development using tools such as .Net and Python.
  • Familiarity with PLC-based motion control systems like Beckhoff TwinCAT.
  • Knowledge of VFD motors, starting methods, and control equipment like SEW EuroDrive.
  • Familiarity with low voltage control circuits, sensors, detectors, limit switches, and Can-bus.
  • Competent troubleshooting of solutions across electrical, mechanical, and process control domains as an upper tier of our support structure.
  • Interest in creating HMIs that are not just functional but practical and useful.
  • Ability to work with plant engineers, external vendors, operators, and management to manage projects and assignments.
  • Some travel will be required as our vending machines are across the country.

What we’ll offer in return

  • Full-Time Salary Position with a competitive salary.
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits.
  • 401K with company match.
  • A multitude of perks including student loan payments, discounts on vehicles, benefits for your pets, and much more.
  • A great wellness program to keep you healthy and happy both physically and mentally.
  • Access to opportunities to expand your skill set and share your knowledge with others across the organization.
  • A company culture of promotions from within, with a start-up atmosphere allowing for varied and rapid career development.
  • A seat in one of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

Other requirements

To be able to do your job at Carvana, there are some basic requirements we want to share with you.

  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds independently; majority of lifting from knee to shoulder heights; other lifting required from various levels.
  • Must be able to carry and transport up to 70 pounds up to 20 feet.
  • Requires excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity.

Of course, we’ll make any reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs. 

Legal stuff

Hiring is contingent on passing a complete background check.  This role is not  eligible for visa sponsorship.

Carvana is an equal employment opportunity employer.  All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.  Carvana also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.

Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

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