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Automation Engineer

  • Supporting the existing PI Historian infrastructure utilized in manufacturing, as well as supporting the design, engineering, and commissioning of control systems for new manufacturing equipment.
  • Working with manufacturing, utilities, and laboratory users to assess their needs for the PI historian system, and executing independent projects to meet those needs.
  • Creating a line of communication with vendors to troubleshoot and problems solve issues within the PI Historian infrastructure.
  • Investigate and diagnose technical issues and provide recommendations/solutions for corrective actions.
  • Contribute to control systems projects/assignments in the support of site operations through investigations, control system assessments, and design support. Proactively look for and recommend improvements in site processes and procedures.
  • Create, edit, and review appropriate design documentation (User Requirements, Functional Specifications, Software Design Specifications, Software Test Plans, IQ/OQ).
  • Support and/or execute acceptance testing and IOQ protocols.
  • Follow established Quality Control systems and interface with QA Validation group for GMP systems
  • 2-5 yrs experience in OSIsoft PI Historian use, configuration, and maintenance is preferred.
  • Experience in PLC and data acquisition systems, mechanical operation of equipment, and process control are essential.
  • Allen-Bradley PLC hardware and software experience preferred (SLC, CompactLogix, ControlLogix, RSLogix500, RSLogix5000, and DeviceNet).
  • Experience with developing GAMP controls documentation for internal projects as well as reviewing/approving vendor supplied documentation (User Requirements, Functional Specifications, Software Design Specifications, and Software Test Plans).
  • Experience with networks and communication protocols preferred.
  • Virtual Machines experience required.
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Programming in VBA, Python, VB, or Ruby strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with the installation, startup, and servicing of process control systems.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in pharmaceutical environment including regulatory requirements associated with 21 CFR Part 11 and supporting validation of control system equipment.
  • Prior experience with controls systems supplied with skidded equipment utilized in fermentation, cell separation and recovery, filtration, CIP, and clean utilities strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with standard office software applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Visio.
  • BS or MS Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited university.
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