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Controls Engineer

Wilmington, CA 90744

Posted: 02/29/2024 Job Number: 21412397

Job Description

The Controls Engineer is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of automated control systems, as well as identifying and implementing automation and control improvements.

Reporting to the Controls and Automation Manager, the Controls Engineer is also responsible for driving Automation, Controls, and Electrical standards throughout the organization, as well as supporting the Maintenance Department in troubleshooting electrical and control issues as they arise.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:

Automation and Controls Improvement of Plant Systems and Equipment (60% of Time)
  • Work with Maintenance, QC, and Operations to identify areas requiring automation upgrades, then design and implement solutions.
  • Support the maintenance department in the day-to-day control issues as they arise.
  • Drive automation standards throughout the organization via improvement initiatives.
  • Work with the Maintenance Team(s) on implementing Predictive Technologies in the Plant(s).
  • Conduct Training with the Maintenance, QA, and Ops Teams on equipment and technical systems.
  • Through research, study, and observation, ensure understanding of all equipment and technical systems in the plant(s).
  • Present new techniques and processes to the plant teams that may improve performance.

Capital Project Engineering (40% of Time)
  • Design specifications (Controls, Electrical, Automation, etc.).
  • Electrical and Controls Project Scopes.
  • Layouts, Solid Models, and P&IDs.
  • Job Walks, Quotes, Schedules, and Timelines.
  • Capital Expenditure Requests (CER)
  • Control Design and Implementation, Commissioning.
  • Project Documentation.
  • Obtain Equipment Electrical and Control specifications.
  • Oversee Installation and Contractors.

Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Experience with Controls and Automation hardware (Allen Bradley, IDEC, IFM, etc.)
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge of PLC/HMI software (Rockwell Automation RS Logix 500, Studio 5000, FactoryTalk View ME, Ignition, Automation Organizer)
  • Working knowledge of Motor Control Centers (VFD, Full Voltage Starters, Servo Drives)
  • Experience designing, building, and installing Equipment Control Panels.
  • Good understanding of complex Process Systems architecture & design, Instrumentation, Device Selection, Networking, PLC & I/O architectures, data sheets, and SCADA.
  • Effective verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related software, especially Excel.
  • Experience using AutoCAD preferred.
  • Strong Electrical troubleshooting skills for both High and Low Voltage Systems.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Compliance with all laws and rules, especially concerning Food Safety, Sanitation, Personal Safety, and Environmental.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours
  • Must be able to take support calls after normal working hours and troubleshoot remotely

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or Mechatronics required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years'experience in Electrical Controls Design required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years'experience in Rockwell Automation PLC and HMI programming required.
  • Minimum of one (1) years'experience in Inductive Automation-Ignition HMI programming required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years'experience in Electrical Distribution Design preferred

Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, walking, and lifting.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.
  • Up to 25% travel may be required.
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