Automation Controls Systems Engineering

CPG Talent Management - Harrisonburg, VA

Seeking an accomplished engineering professional with hands-on experience in Automation and Controls Systems design, implementation, management, and continuous improvement.

Job Summary

  • Effectively support all current manufacturing processes and work with business stakeholders to design and implement new Automation and Controls Systems to improve efficiency, food quality, and food safety.
  • Develop automation standard and work towards implementing standard in the manufacturing plants.
  • Develop and maintain automation architecture of manufacturing plants.
  • Develop preliminary design presentations for project evaluation and securing approval.
  • Interface with all levels of plant and corporate personnel, contractors, suppliers, marketing, R&D, QA and legal departments.
  • Practice sound technical, communication and negotiation skills that ensure the successful implementation of Automation and Control Systems improvement project scope and budget.

    Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering and science discipline (Electrical or Computer Software Engineering, Computer Science preferred) from an accredited College or University.
  • Minimum five (5) years Automation and Control Systems Engineering Project Management experience required, preferably in CPG beverage/food manufacturing.
  • Automation and Control Systems installation, supervision, maintenance, and continuous improvement experience required.
  • Job Responsibilities

    • Demonstrated project management experience in placing new Automation and Control Systems equipment and processes into operation is required.
    • Proficient in visual communication of relevant information to Operations, including the reporting of historical events / trends to support root cause analysis and continuous improvement.
    • Must practice proven decision making skills, working effectively under pressure and possessing the integrity to make the right decisions.
    • Utilize contracted resources to ensure the correct expertise is fully utilized to achieve project scope.
    • Effective in delegating project tasks ensuring that key project initiatives/objectives, scope, budget and timelines are uninterrupted and met.
    • Effectively interface with multiple cross functional teams including corporate quality, technical services, R&D and with all levels of plant personal.
    • Develop relationships and solicit input into the Automation and Control Systems continuous improvement considerations from key technical resources, plant operations managers, supervisors, maintenance personnel, and operators to facilitate the seamless Automation and Control Systems improvement project implementation into operation.
    • Proficient in developing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for industrial automation related projects.
    • Review automation controls related documents (electrical drawings, functional analysis), HMI design and programming to ensure it adheres to the Automation standard.
    • · Set standards on Networking and Server System configuration and proper cabling specifications.
    • Facilitate Automation and Control System feasibility studies and plant operations impact studies. Including completion of design concepts, information flow diagrams, and capital estimates.
    • Develop Automation and Controls Systems documentation including functional descriptions, equipment specifications, standards, and best practices.
    • Analyze, compare, and recommend Automation and Control Systems engineering proposals.
    • Experience providing relevant information: Optimize data acquisition, alarming, reporting, archiving, and retrieval.
    • Strong foundation in electrical controls and computerized control systems required.
    • Manage a team of Control Techs to support production requirements.

    Job skills and qualifications

    • Experience and working knowledge of the following distributed Scada systems
      • Inductive Automation’s Ignition Platform
      • Wonderware System platform,
      • Factory Talk View SE
    • Experience and working knowledge in MSSQL.
    • Experience and working knowledge in plant wide automation network design
    • Experience and working knowledge in logic controller communications
    • Experience and working knowledge of Allen Bradley/ Rockwell PLC programming  
      • RS Logix 500
      • Studio 5000 (Ladder, Function Block, Sequential function chart, Structured Text is a plus)
    • Experience and working knowledge in Industrial networking
      • Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, IO Link , AS-I, DeviceNet
    • Experience and working knowledge of historical data management and reporting software
      • Factory Talk Historian
      • Wonderware Historian
    • Experience and working knowledge in Microsoft Office suite and windows operating system
    • Experience and working knowledge in AutoCad and Microsoft Visio
    • Successful candidate will possess a strong knowledge of automation electrical design
    • Experience in supervising Systems Integrators in the mechanical and electrical installations of the control systems, as well as the commissioning.
    • Must be highly self-directed and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
    • Flexible to consider additional information or ideas when formulating solutions.
    • Must be organized and self-disciplined to accommodate the management of concurrent multiple projects.
    • Excellent conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
    • Fast learner and quickly adapts to change
    • Must have fully developed written and presentation skills.
    • Strong Automation and Control Systems engineering experience in the food, dairy and or pharmaceutical industries.
    • Understanding of food safety regulations – PMO, 3A and FDA Food Safety knowledge / experience is a plus
    • Proven experience in planning and implementation of MES reporting according to ISA-95 systems model is a plus
    • Experience with SIEMENS logic controller programming is a plus.
    • Formal Management of Change (MOC) experience is a plus.
    • SAP enterprise resource planning software for materials and production planning integration with PLC environment for product traceability and process optimization is a plus.
    • Dairy / Plant Based Beverage experience a plus.
    • Ignition gold certification in a plus


    Posted On: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    Compensation: 105K 10% bonus



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