Senior Control Systems Engineer

Senior Control Systems Engineers analyze user requirements and the design of process and/or mechanical equipment to design automation systems that control the process or machine in the desired manner.

The engineer uses knowledge and experience in instrumentation, control valves, Motors/VFDs, control system electrical design, and PLC/DCS programming to deliver an automation system that meets the user’s needs utilizing the minimum essential design.

Senior Control Systems Engineers demonstrate:

  • high integrity,
  • a willingness to go beyond the ordinary to meet and exceed client expectations,
  • a desire for continual challenge and development,
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, and
  • able to lead a controls engineering team.

Reports to: Operations Director

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications

Responsibilities for this job may include but are not limited to:

  • Interface with customers to develop User Requirements documentation
  • Lead project teams to execute the controls hardware and/or software scope
  • Develop control specification (control narratives) documentation based on User Requirements
  • Perform initial feasibility studies for proposed projects, resulting in a feasibility-level cost estimate and supporting documentation for the project
  • Mark-up Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) for instrumentation and controls related changes and review drawings from the drafting team
  • Design low-voltage (up to 480V) electrical controls drawings, panel drawings, loop sheets, I/O drawings, and network drawings and review drawings from the drafting team
  • Develop programs for Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and/or oversee the program development done by others
  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI) development and SCADA configuration
  • Historian configuration
  • Develop testing plans for DCS and PLC programs to effectively test all aspects of a new program or program changes
  • Simulate the DCS/PLC program and test the system using the testing plan
  • Oversee electrical controls construction at the client’s site and verify that the system is being installed as designed – provide technical support to the construction effort
  • Perform I/O checkout on the installed control system and document the checkout results
  • Provide post-commissioning support to the client’s operations, engineering, and maintenance personnel
  • Travel to the client’s site as required

Required Experience / Abilities

  • Degreed in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, or similar), Computer Science, or similar scientific/technical field

Ideal Experience

  • 10 years of experience in a similar engineering role
  • At least 5 years’ experience with one or more of the following platforms:
    • Allen Bradley PLC5, SLC500, MicroLogix, ControlLogix
    • Siemens S7, PCS7
    • Emerson DeltaV, Ovation, Provox
    • Novatech D/3
    • Honeywell Experion
    • Foxboro I/A
  • HMI/SCADA configuration experience with one or more of the following platforms:
    • Allen Bradley / Rockwell Automation
    • Inductive Automation
    • Wonderware
    • Siemens
    • iFix
    • Iconics
  • Historian and/or data analytics experience with one or more of the following platforms:
    • OSIsoft PI
    • PTC Thingworx
    • Inductive Automation Ignition
    • Aspentech
    • Rockwell Automation
    • Siemens
    • Wonderware
  • Experience in the selection, specification, and installation design of instrumentation, control valves, motors, VFDs and coordinated drive systems
  • Current working knowledge of the National Electric Code (NEC) with the ability to locate solutions to code questions
  • Certified professional engineer
  • Experience in electrical design of Electrical Panels, I/O systems, Motor/VFD/Motion/Robotic Controls, and Ethernet-based networks
  • Field experience troubleshooting electrical controls problems in an industrial environment
  • Industry experience in Food and Beverage, Chemical, Pharma, Semiconductor, Water & Wastewater, Refining, Pulp and Paper, Oil/Gas Pipeline, Power Generation, Electrical Transmission & Distribution, Material Handling, or Packaging
  • Team Leadership and Client Relations Experience

Compensation and Benefits

LSI provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Please visit LSI’s Compensation and Work-Life Balance Benefits page to learn more.

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