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Manufacturing Technology - Senior Automation and Process Control Engineer - United States  

Dupont Biosciences (company)


Posted on : 04 April 2017

Project Description

Job Description
  • The senior manufacturing technology engineer will serve as the lead automation and process control professional for the Polyvinyl Fluoride (PVF) polymer plants.
  • The engineer will lead challenging and exciting programs to improve safety, quality, reliability, up time, capacity, yields and reducing emissions and cost.  
  • The engineer will drive improvements through Lean/Six Sigma, small capital projects, advanced control techniques and various automation tools.  
  • The individual will have a strong support staff working closely with the area process engineers and A&PC specialist. 
  •  Involvement in day-to-day troubleshooting to assure safe, continuous operation is a must.   
  • The engineer will provide technical support for new project start-ups, test runs, and special procedures as needed.
  • There are two identical polymer plants at the  site.  Each plant has several unit operations including reaction, distillation, separation, and de-watering.  
  • Each unit also has powder handling operations including dryers, conveying systems, bag filters, and bag loading facilities.  
  • The polymer plant is considered a High Hazard Process. 
  • The plants are relatively new and outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. 
  • In addition, a sister site is located at the Yerkes plant in Buffalo, NY.  
  • This promotes collaboration across multiple plants and provides learning and leadership opportunities for the individual. 
  • Our company is ideally located within easy driving distance to the mountains and beaches and offers a moderate climate suited for outdoor activities year-round.  
  • The site has a highly flexible and motivated work force that is non-union.

Job Scope:
  •  Set direction and provide day to day troubleshooting for DCS hardware/software, instrumentation, and controls. 
  •  Identifying new process control improvement opportunities. 
  •  The position is also responsible for designing and implementing these improvements. 
  •  Provide coaching and development for site technicians and A&PC specialist. 
  •  Provide site leadership for A&PC networks and electrical safety team.

Job Qualifications
  •  B.S. Electrical and 10 years of experience in developing and commissioning process control applications. 
  •  Fundamental understanding of Process Safety Management (PSM) systems and High Hazard Processes 
  •  Desire to work in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Experience championing and implementing improvements in systems capabilities in a manufacturing plant environment. 
  •  Demonstrated expertise and understanding of distributed control system (DCS) architecture and demonstrated skills in configuring, documenting and troubleshooting  
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of instrumentation systems and electrical infrastructure 
  •  Experience with process control and instrumentation tuning 
  •  Demonstrated success in managing and leading both long-term programs/projects as well as address short-term operational issues. 
  •  Demonstrated ability to develop instrument and control mechanics/technicians 
  •  Understanding of the principles of operation, reliability and performance characteristics of instrumentation, measurements, analyzers and control valves. 
  •  Experience with process safety standards (DX_S, RAGAGEP, IEC) and their application to chemical manufacturing facilities. 
  •  Knowledge of the open and closed loop response characteristics of dynamic systems.   

Preferred Skills/Experience 
  •  Siemens PCS 7 experience 
  •  Demonstrated good mentoring skills 
  •  Experience with working in a HPWS environment 
  •  Six Sigma Green Belt
Travel requirement  < 10%