Apple & Associates, Inc.
100,000 - $134,000
Senior Process Control Engineer
Provide high-level systems expertise and apply advanced process control techniques for process optimization. This position blends multi-discipline knowledge, skills and responsibilities fully integrating many if not all customarily carried out by senior DCS engineer, systems architect, systems administrator, software programmer, network administrator, database administrator, I&C engineer and project manager.
Maintain integrity and performance of systems, process controls, plant historian and networks.
Provide direct hands-on on-call support on rotating 24x7 basis.
Respond to calls for control system hardware malfunctions and repair those malfunctions, including control system processors, control system i/o sub systems and Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems.
Respond to calls for control system software problems and repair those problems including loop configuration, graphics configuration, and timing issues.
Respond to calls for problems calibrating or setting up field instruments, valves and motors.
Respond to calls for network infrastructure problems and repair those problems, including problems with switches, fiber optic converters, cabling and power distribution.
Direct the efforts of other engineers, sub-contractors, bargaining unit personnel and temporary workers to accomplish the necessary control systems work.
Purchase required equipment.
Develop implementation plans for installation of equipment.
Monitor vendor and employee implementation.
Design, implement and/or program DCS/PLC and other control systems.
Develop and implement new additions or enhancements to process control systems within systems standards.
Add loops for new instruments in Experion programming systems.
Experience in TDC 3000 strongly preferred.
Add new loops and make modifications in Honeywell systems.
Add and modify PLC ladder logic for Allen Bradley systems.
Configure OPC servers for cross system communication.
Design and implement security systems.
Solicit proposals for upgrades or migrations from out of date or poorly functioning systems.
Perform system administrator functions on MS Windows, PI, VMS and other control operating systems, providing security protection procedures updates and backup of software and data as required.
Demonstrated ability to network systems.
Backup Honeywell and other pertinent databases and verify restore.
Develops standards and procedures to perform various functions on systems and review work of engineers, vendors and contractors for compliance with and adherence to standards.
Develop interlock standards.
Train others in proper, effective use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of systems and networks.
Determine and attend relevant training to advance personal knowledge in subject areas to benefit process control and optimization.
Bachelor’s degree in chemical or electrical engineering or a related field in engineering is required.
Minimum 10 year relevant process control systems experience.
Minimum 5 years operational experience with data communication protocols, including security, networking, resource management, capacity planning, monitoring and performance.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
Demonstrated ability to effectively work with vendors, managers and production employees to achieve goals.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Capable of managing Process Safety Management programs.
Knowledgeable with maintenance best practices (vibration analysis, oil analysis, etc.) preferred.
Must be capable of understanding and troubleshooting complex industrial systems and equipment.
Understanding of LEAN manufacturing and Continuous Improvement (CI) concepts preferred
At Apple & Associates, we understand that relationships are what make us stand apart. Whether you are a client or a candidate, you are an extension of the Apple & Associates’ family. Many of our recruiters have been with the company since its earliest days. They take great pride in the relationships they build; always emphasizing high standards, ethics and quality service. Our President, Debi Apple started her recruiting career in Aiken, South Carolina. She quickly became a top producer and leading authority in recruiting for the medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries. Her passion and drive led her to open Apple & Associates in 1993. Under her leadership, Apple & Associates has grown to be one of the leading recruiting firms in these industries. Our company is proud to represent two of the largest medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Covidien (formerly known as Tyco Healthcare) and our first and longtime client, Becton Dickinson. Now headquartered in Chapin, South Carolina, Apple & Associates has offices from coast to coast, offering regional recruiting expertise throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Our searches and permanent placements represent all levels, from CEO to staff level positions.