Sr. Automation and Controls Engineer

General Summary

An expert in the field of Automation and Controls, the Sr. Automation Engineer must be able function fully autonomously to complete assigned tasks. Must possess the willingness, ability, and drive, without being asked to preemptively seek out continuous improvement opportunities to prevent future issues. The Sr. 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. Forward thinking. Seek out and solve plant automation systems issues before they become a problem for operations. Provides support to the Production, Engineering and Maintenance groups regarding deployment and management of network integration for cement plant control systems.

Principal Duties and Accountabilities (Essential Functions)

  • Automation expert. In addition to completing assigned tasks, this position requires a willingness, ability, and drive, without being asked, to preemptively seek out continuous improvement opportunities to prevent future issues.
  • 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.
  • Independently performs root cause analysis, reviews outcomes, and makes recommendations regarding improvements, interfacing with vendors and manufacturers as required.
  • Develops, plans, executes, and supports enhancements and continued development of plant automation systems.
  • Recommends, plans, and implements capital projects and upgrades to new and existing systems, including installations and testing.
  • Trains operators and maintenance personnel as needed. 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, preferred.
  • 10 years automation experience or equivalent, required.
  • Experience with RS Logix/Studio 5000 is required.
  • Experience with Modicon PLC is a plus but not required.
  • 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.
  • Expert knowledge of DCS systems.
  • Must be proficient using test instruments, meters, high voltage testers, power tools and hand tools.
  • Extensive experience troubleshooting VFDs, DC drives, PLC systems, networking hardware, and computers.
  • Ability to read electrical prints required.
  • Strong grasp of Instrumentation, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems.
  • Lead the plant 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.
  • Keep current with new skills and emerging technologies as pertains to control systems.
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Possess good analytical and troubleshooting skills.

Other Qualifications

  • Ability to listen and understand information presented through spoken words.
  • Ability to communicate information in speaking.
  • Ability to read and understand information presented in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using appropriate interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to supervise own work and be self-motivated.
  • Ability to abide by company safety policies and procedures and to work safely within a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to occasionally travel up to 10% (including overnight) up to one week at a time.
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