Controls Engineer

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Akron, OH
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science
Jan 23, 2019
Job ID
Controls Engineer


Akron, OH


Commensurate with experience.

Opportunity Summary

Reporting to the Controls Engineering Manager of a privately held FDA approved specialty chemical manufacturing company the Controls Engineer will be responsible for defining controls system hardware and PLC and HMI programming for chemical batch manufacturing automation equipment. Employees enjoy working at a world class company with household name recognition in their market with great benefits and a fun work environment.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Design, develop, and implement electrical & control system solutions for manufacturing / process automation.
    • Develop User / Functional Requirement Specifications for equipment / plant automation.
    • Program PLCs and HMIs.
    • Define electrical hardware requirements for equipment / plant automation.
    • Qualify and commission customized systems.
    • Support manufacture, build and qualification of systems which include pneumatics, servos, vfd’s, relays, communication networks, touchscreens, pushbuttons, robotic integration, etc..
  • Documents projects, equipment changes and/or process modifications, and assures documentation required by cGMP/FDA compliance is maintained in master validation and equipment files.
  • Participates in or leads the analysis and improvement of equipment, and processes for reduced costs, increased throughput, expanded capabilities, improved safety, quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Manages projects to completion including the coordination of multiple technical disciplines and / or boundary management with Supply Chain Engineering and Operations.
  • Practices project management skills during all phases of a project from conception to completion;
    • Analyze project requirements and perform technical calculations supporting design including electrical requirements, robotic safety standards, and motor controls.
    • Create and finalize designs to meet project requirements.
    • Conduct cost and time estimation
    • Define equipment and parts from external suppliers.
    • Resolve operational problems related to projects and minimize delays or unexpected cost increases.
  • Leads, designs, and works with outside contractors to install equipment and processes that meet or support company needs to produce finished products and services.
  • Provides technical advice, training and mentoring.
  • Supports continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Specifies designs, procures and installs equipment and processes that meets the defined project requirements.
  • Transfers new technology through the development and use of training materials, standard operating procedures and work instructions.
  • Supports new product introductions.
  • Provides technical expertise for investigations, analysis and troubleshooting of equipment performance, product and process problems;
  • Modifies systems and qualifies upgraded systems accordingly
  • BS in Electrical Engineering is preferred.  BS in Electrical EngineeringTechnology or other Engineering disciplines with significant PLC programming experience will be considered.
  • Controls Engineering experience in a chemical batch manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with Rockwell Automation PLC's.
  • Experience in an FDA approved manufacturing facility.
Additional skills/experience that are beneficial, but not required:
  • OTC or pharmaceutical manufacturing experience.
  • Rockwell FactoryTalk software such as View SE, and Historian.
  • Knowledge of ISA-88 and ISA-95 standards.
  • Integration of level 2 and below automation systems (SCADA, PLC, Sensors, etc…)to level 3 (MES) or higher systems.
  • Familiarity with various PLC programming languages such as structured text, ladder, function block, and statement list.
  • Robot control (Fanuc preferably)
  • Auto-CAD [ACAD]
Keywords: Controls Engineer, Chemical Batch Manufacturing, FDA, Rockwell Automation, ControlLogix, cGMP/FDA, PLC and HMI programming, Ladder Logic, Siemens, Process Control, Process Automation, DCS, Distributed Control Systems, Food, Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, cGMP

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