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Automation Engineer
Ref No.: 18-02167
Location: west chester, Pennsylvania
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 02/28/2018
Primary purpose of the position
The Automation Engineer can directly impact the acceptability of finished products; therefore, a high level of technical ability is required of this individual. This individual plans and executes automation/controls projects with the guidance and support of colleges from concept to final closeout to align with site objectives. This position assumes responsibility as the technical owner of various automation and manufacturing systems. Engineer and manage small to medium process control system/equipment improvement, optimization, and expansion and upgrade projects to meet site objectives. Support new process control/automation projects from the concept to commissioning and validation.
General duties and responsibilities
  • Provide simple to moderate technical assistance to site operating groups through investigations, control system assessments, and design support.
  • Assist in preparation and execution of the Validation Qualification protocols related to automated and control systems. Provides technical and non-technical feedback to validation personnel for the successful qualification of systems.
  • Help to troubleshoot and diagnose control system problems, working closely with Control System/Instrumentation Technicians and maintenance personnel
  • Update and develop User Requirement Specifications, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, Operation and Maintenance Manuals for the new and existing control systems
  • Work closely with Operations, Facilities and IT groups as a cross functional team member to meet automation project objectives.
  • Apply GMP principles within the workplace. Incorporate cGMP and regulatory compliance into all assigned project scopes, design and construction activities.
  • The position may require 5-10% travel for equipment FATs, system evaluations, and/or conferences or technical training
Qualification/Skills
  • Electrical/Controls, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering Degree (BSEE or BSME)
  • Some experience preferred in pharmaceutical environment including regulatory requirements associated with 21 CFR Part 11 and supporting validation of control system equipment.
  • 1 year or some experience preferred hands on experience with process controls equipment including PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, SQL relational database systems, and Networking including design and debugging skills. Hands on experience with Windows Servers hardware and Microsoft Windows - applications.
  • Technical training preferred in PLC / controller programming, Operator interface design, Robotics, PC programming, SQL database systems, historians, VBA, Microsoft OS management skills.
  • Preferred proficiency demonstration in reading / making drawings or revisions (P&IDs, electrical schematics
  • Possesses a high level of technical expertise on a specific process control system and their connections to facility equipment, production equipment, instrumentation, and manufacturing systems, loop controllers, HVAC controls, and related electrical/electronic equipment and devices.
  • This position requires a high degree of analytical skills to provide automated solutions to improve processes and integrate new equipment to meet company and project objectives
  • Preferred familiarity with AutoCAD, Allen Bradley PLC programming software, Wonderware and Unicorn SCADA software and various types of PLC and PC based software.
  • Ability to organize and present technical and project mgt. overviews without assistance.
  • Technically independent and maintains state-of-the-art technical abilities. Display initiative and commitment. Able to make independent contributions to the development of new methodologies or new technologies for process control systems. These activities are done under some supervision.