Robotics Engineer, Path Planning


What You'll Do

ArcBest® is a logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions for complex supply chain challenges. 

Wanting to join the ArcBest team? In our search for top talent, we are looking for those that will further enable us to deliver on our vision and fully support our values-driven culture.

Currently, we are looking for a Robotics Engineer, Path Planning I to join the ArcBest team. The Robotics Engineer, Path Planning I creates innovative solutions to problems using mathematical modeling, engineering principals, Automation/Robotics principles, computer programming, or other advanced analytical skills. This position acquires team resources and coordinates team efforts in order to deliver results on projects/processes that are part of the strategic plan for ArcBest and its subsidiaries. The Robotics Engineer, Path Planning I also provides clear and concise project definition, scope, action plans, and communication as well as develops solutions designed to meet project goals while ensuring quality throughout processes.

Your contribution may include:

  • Design, test, and build robotic software systems that are productive and safe to operate.
  • Create advanced algorithms for the purpose of path planning that are optimized for a variety of constraints.
  • Understand business constraints and be able to translate them to KPI’s that can then be used to evaluate path planning options.
  • Develop software and processes that dictate robotic systems functionality with respect to path planning and sus.
  • Utilize appropriate language/development stack including C, C++, or Python.
  • Develop and document system requirements and allocate/decompose them to components/controllers as well as develop controls systems design guidelines, best practices, and other processes, tools, and templates.
  • Implement Agile development and Continuous Integration (CI) concepts in software development and maintenance.
  • Develop dynamic simulations.
  • Support existing software.
  • Support ArcBest and its subsidiaries on technical and strategic initiatives.
  • Direct and manage project development from beginning to end including full risk assessment and recommendations for adjustment of priorities as needed.
  • Serve as technical support for advanced automation systems.
  • Perform research into innovative design, operation, and performance of the systems and/or processes.
  • Meet and communicate with Senior Leadership and external customers to provide updates, seek direction, give presentations, communicate success barriers, and showcase project results.
  • Work in a team setting to accomplish department goals.
  • Other duties and projects, as assigned.

As a Robotics Engineer, Path Planning I, you will be a member of the ArcBest Technology Research and Development team in Fort Smith, AR. Your hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, with irregular hours that may occur depending on workload.

Ready to apply? Before doing so, please make sure you meet the minimum requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Computer Science, or related field of study. Master’s degree in Robotics, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience, preferred.

Experience: Prior experience in mechanical and/or electrical design, computer vision, artificial intelligence, or other related field. Systems analysis and design skills, required.

Computer Skills: Strong programming skills, preferred.

Other Requirements: Strong knowledge in robotics path planning algorithms. Experience with Robotic Operating System a plus. Basic knowledge of high-performance hydraulics, fluid and electro-mechanical actuators, sensors, mechanics, and dynamics. In-depth knowledge of graph systems, and graph searching algorithms, such as A*, ARA or Dijkstra’s algorithms.

If you require accommodation in the application process, please contact or call us at (479) 785-8963. An Equal Opportunity Employer including Vet/Disability.

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