Process Control Engineer | VanderHouwen

Process Control Engineer

Kalamath Falls, Oregon

Direct Hire

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Job Id: 62196

Process Control Engineer
The process control engineer must have skills in design, configuration, integration, and implementation of process control solutions for our wood products manufacturing facilities. This includes engineering of electrical systems, PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, SQL, Access, and PC networking technologies.

Position Responsibilities
Ensure safe work practices are followed at all times.
Ensure compliance with all standards and programs (safety, environmental, quality, maintenance, and manufacturing policies and procedures) within area of responsibility.
Lead or participate in problem solving.
Become an expert in the current process, control, and reporting systems.
Provide ongoing informal and formal training for electrical personnel to ensure development of good operating and maintenance practices.
Work as a member of the maintenance team to think strategically about downtime prevention and long-term resolution of issues while maintaining a culture of efficiency and quick reaction to downtime events.
Provide backup support to other process control and electrical supervision personnel.
Work closely with electrical supervisors to maintain all documentation related to the process control system configuration and SOP’s. Work to continuously improve electrical/process control standards.
Participate in planning and budgeting for activities.
Provide electrical engineering support to sustain plant production.
Balance day to day needs with long term projects.
Participate in equipment troubleshooting.
Work with maintenance and operational teams to support continuous improvements of assets and asset performance.
Introduce recommended changes in control schemes which will improve the plant operation. This could include increased efficiency by increasing the level of automation and improved methods of control.
Ability to troubleshoot and repair machinery through the use of drawings, schematics, and root-cause/failure analysis.
Strong knowledge of engineering concepts including electrical, instrumentation, hydraulic, and mechanical systems.
Respond to equipment downtime emergencies, and plan/execute plans for any recurring situations.
Identify opportunities where condition based monitoring can successfully predict failure.
Combine newer technologies and extensions of current architectures. Plan and coordinate technical design and implementation of project work.
Monitor the operation of machinery and systems, to minimize unplanned downtime, anticipate and solve problems in a timely manner, and identify opportunities for improvement.
Working knowledge of steam systems, natural gas systems, hydraulic systems, and pneumatic systems.
Experience in capital project design, installation and startup.

Position Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in electrical, computer, or mechanical engineering and 5+ years post-degree manufacturing or relevant process control experience.
Experience in forest products, paper and pulp, food or beverage processing, or chemical industries is a plus.
Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
Experience with continuous manufacturing processes.
Strong troubleshooting skills.
Knowledge of plant equipment and processes.
Ability to do full controls integration, from electrical/instrumentation design to PLC to MMI.
Familiar with most common sensors and transmitters, and their suitability to an application.
Working experience with Simatic/TI505 PLC’s and Wonderware HMI or equivalent.
Ability to work weekends, holidays and respond to callouts.
Proficient using personal computers, associated software (MS Suite, Project, Access, SQL, CMMS, AutoCAD, Kronos) and IO Servers.
Experienced in Ethernet network design and implementation, including fiber and 10/100 Base TX.

Salary Range: $85,000 – $120,000. (DOE)

Benefits are available to eligible full-time employees and can include coverage for medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, 401k with employer match, and wellness programs.

About VanderHouwen
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies’ staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.

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