Controls Engineer

We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our organization!  You will have the opportunity to work with the acknowledged leader in the field of liquid food packaging, Krones, Inc., via their subsidiary provider for these services, Process and Data Automation.  We are looking for a motivated professional to work in these market segments which would include any manufacturers who embrace software in a manufacturing setting.

About Process and Data Automation:

Process and Data Automation is a full service, CSIA Certified industrial control systems integration firm. Our Controls Engineering group specializes in physical automation system design, programming, and commissioning. Our dedicated Digitalization Group connects automated equipment and systems to the business environment including protected recipe systems, data collection and reporting, and data historian implementation.

About the Krones Group:

Krones designs, develops, manufactures, and installs both machines and complete packaging lines. Krones has become one of the leading system suppliers for breweries and beverage producers as well as for the food, chemical, and cosmetics industries. Our 16,000 employees worldwide strive for innovation and detail and ensure that each customer receives the best quality in product and service.


The Controls Engineer serves as a member of a cross-functional project team and has a responsibility to independently execute medium-sized tasks and projects and Professional Service Contracts.  This position is responsible for the engineering, design, integration, programming, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), and Industrial Networks for systems to support productivity and/or quality improvements for our clients.

Essential Functions

  1. Interpret detailed specifications for automation and control systems.
  2. Research, understand and specify/apply commercially available components for use in a total system.
  3. Develop detailed system documentation for the construction and installation of key system equipment.
  4. Understand fundamentals of drawing set documentation including but not limited to I/O layout (both digital and analog), identifying AC and DC sections of the electrical design, wire numbering per PDA specs, fusing, grounding, and I/O device types (both digital and analog).
  5. Specifically, be able to identify components that appear on Process and Data Automation’s standard equipment lists including how, where, and why those particular part numbers are used.
  6. Edit existing drawing sets at the direction of the Electrical Manager, Technicians, or Engineers.
  7. Develop drawing sets from scratch using existing company templates.
  8. Ability to take I/O spreadsheets to I/O drawings.
  9. Edit existing and develop new company templates at the direction of the Electrical Manager.
  10. Write operations manuals at the direction of Electrical Manager and/or Project Engineer(s).
  11. Support equipment and system submittal efforts.
  12. PLC and HMI programming:
  13. Proficiency with multiple control system (PLC) platforms.
  14. Proficiency with multiple supervisory (HMI/SCADA) packages, both general graphics/interface and advanced software capabilities.
  15. Demonstrate proficiency with Ethernet Network design and deployment including hardware, software, and security.
  16. Participate in Automation Projects and complete automation design for clients.
  17. Coordinate with other engineers and equipment suppliers to ensure design intent and cost-effectiveness of delivery are achieved.
  18. On-site support of for design reviews, consultancy, installation, start-up and troubleshooting and provide remote assistance for customer with technical support to meet lead time and quality of customer‘s requests.
  19. Demonstrate proficiency with Ethernet Network design and deployment including hardware, software, and security.
  20. Executes functional tests after automation equipment is completed to ensure quality and lead time aligns with project timelines.
  21. Startup Verifications (FAT/SAT documentation).
  22. Evaluate, analyze, and troubleshoot existing automation and control systems.
  23. System Design: Ability to evaluate and select control system strategies to meet customers’ needs.  This involves matching technology to project needs and existing plant systems.
  24. System Design: Research, understand, and specify commercially available components for use in a total system.
  25. Programming – Design and Structure

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. EE/EECT degree is preferred; however, all relevant education and/or experience will be considered.
  2. Firm commitment to efficiently delivering solutions.
  3. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Ability to evaluate and select control system strategies to meet client needs.
  5. Ability to design systems to a satisfactory state for bidding, purchase/procurement activities, and project inception. This includes system calculations, AutoCAD design, and experience with vendor solicitation.
  6. Proficiency with multiple control system (PLC) platforms.
  7. Proficiency with multiple supervisory (HMI/SCADA) packages, both general graphics/interface, and advanced software capabilities.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with PCs, operating systems, and MS Office applications.
  9. Demonstrate customer-focused attitude.
  10. Project management skills.
  11. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

Attributes for Success:

  1. Executes: Action orientated, efficient, sets clear goals, follows through, and focuses on results
  2. Self-starter: Self-motivated with energy and drive; willing to make decisions and take action
  3. Is flexible and adapts quickly
  4. Thinks Broadly: Insightful and looks for ways to incorporate new, improved thinking
  5. Strong problem solving and analytical skills, including a qualitative and quantitative skill set
  6. Leadership qualities, including relationship building

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Travel required, domestic and international (10-30%)
  2. Must have valid driver’s license
  3. Must have or be eligible to obtain a passport
  4. Legally authorized to work in the United States
  5. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Benefits include:  competitive compensation packages, medical coverage, FSA/DSA plan, dental, LT/ST disability coverage, life insurance, vacation, paid holidays, 401 (k), numerous continuing education opportunities, and an enthusiastic and collaborative work environment.


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