Automation Engineer

General Summary

Skill set ranging from fully competent to expert, the Automation Engineer’s primary responsibility is to provide technical support, problem solving issues, maintenance, and modifications of the Distributed Control System (DCS). Focused on continuous improvement. Self-motivated to seek out and solve plant automation systems issues. Works alone or closely with the Sr. Automation Engineer / Jr. Automation Engineer to provide support to the Production, Engineering and Maintenance groups regarding deployment and management of network integration for cement plant control systems. Often referred to as Controls Engineer in other industries.

Principal Duties and Accountabilities (Essential Functions)

  • Ranging from fully competent to expert. Willingness, ability, and drive to complete assigned tasks, as well as seek out and solve continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Provides on-site, off-site, remote support and maintenance (hardware and software) on desktop HMI systems, servers, networking equipment, UPS’s, PLC’s, VFD’s and plant DCS.
  • Resolves system problems that may require working with I&E technicians, Production Manager, and outside vendors.
  • On call 24/7 to facilitate timely solutions aimed at repair and maintenance issues for automation-related equipment.
  • Serves as the backup Senior Automation Engineer in their absence.
  • Performs root cause analysis, reviews outcomes, and makes recommendations regarding improvements, interfacing with vendors and manufacturers as required.
  • Executes enhancements and continued development of plant automation systems.
  • Works closely with Senior Automation Engineer to master the plant processes and equipment, and to serve as a backup.
  • Provides support in capital projects and upgrades to new and existing systems, including installations and testing.
  • Supports training of operators and maintenance personnel as needed.
  • Responsible for completing area audits.
  • Maintains work area and equipment in a safe and clean condition at all times.
  • Responsible to abide by and support all company and plant safety policies, rules, and procedures as well as M.S.H.A regulations.

Educational Skills and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BA/BS degree in engineering or related discipline (BSEE degree preferred), required.
  • 5 years cement plant experience or equivalent, preferred.
  • Experience with the tools/software used to manage the technologies associated with control systems such as PLC’s, variable frequency drives and interfaces, PID loops, SCADA and other microprocessor-based equipment.
  • Working knowledge of DCS systems.
  • Must be proficient using test instruments, meters, high voltage testers, power tools and hand tools.
  • Experience troubleshooting VFDs, DC drives, PLC systems, networking hardware, and computers.
  • Ability to read electrical prints desired.
  • Familiarity with Instrumentation, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems.
  • Must have a strong interest in automation and process controls.
  • Experience supporting or testing LANs, VLANs, Windows Servers and Operator stations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office applications.
  • Good analytical problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task, adjust to changing priorities and complete tasks within timelines.
  • Willingness to keep current with and learn new skills and technologies.
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Possess good analytical and troubleshooting skills..

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Cement & Lime
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