Senior Controls Project Engineer

Senior Controls Project Engineer

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Vanderlande’s Controls Engineering Department is responsible for the designing, programming, commissioning, and testing of material handling systems for our customers. As a Senior Controls Project Engineer, you will be responsible for the design, commissioning /testing, of all types of material handling systems that integrate hardware and software components. You will be able to lead a team of other controls engineers and cross discipline contributors to deliver tangible results for the successful completion of project milestones and the system. Ensuring on time / on budget completion of project deliverables.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Your responsibilities will include, but not limited to: 

  • Provide direction in the methods required to configure component level devices 

  • Provide direction in the methods required to perform device level testing in support of PLC commissioning 

  • Provide direction in the methods required to perform device level testing in support of SCADA commissioning 

  • Provide direction in the methods required to perform zone level testing in support of PLC commissioning 

  • Provide direction in the methods required to perform zone level testing in support of SCADA commissioning 

  • Provide direction and perform area level testing in support of PLC commissioning 

  • Provide direction and perform area level testing in support of SCADA commissioning 

  • Document area level testing for PLC and SCADA commissioning (Product running test) 

  • Document daily progress of assigned tasks 

  • Manage punch lists (software / electrical / mechanical) 

  • Monitor and document the progress of subcontractors 

  • Follow all safety requirements at the jobsite 

  • Provide direction to write commissioning checklist  

  • Provide direction to write test plans (Area, Zone, Section level) 

  • Provide direction to write Controls Functional Specification / Description of Operations 

  • Write, debug, and test PLC code independently 

  • Provide directions to Commission and test PLC control panel  

  • Provide directions for SCADA commissioning and testing  

  • Perform quality checks on-site and provide documentation of completion and status 

  • Preparation and review of daily and weekly progress reports 

  • Write test plans (Integrated System, Area, Zone, Section level) 

  • Perform integrated system level testing in support of PLC commissioning 

  • Perform integrated system level testing in support of SCADA commissioning 

  • Document integrated system level testing for PLC and SCADA commissioning (Low Volume / High Volume test) 

  • Develop punch list (software / electrical / mechanical) 

  • Develop quality checks  

  • Interface and coordination with customers, subcontractors solve issues, provide documentation of resolution  

  • Write detailed design documents (i.e., Controls Architecture)  

  • Provide remote customer service support for existing customers 

  • Provide remote PLC and SCADA commissioning support 

  • Lead engineers in the execution of complex, large, and unique projects 

  • Lead junior Engineers in the execution of project deliverables 

  • Lead the onsite effort to configure, commission and test the system 

  • Lead the onsite effort of component and overall system performance tests 

  • Monitor internal quality of controls deliverables to ensure high first pass yield 

  • Lead continuous improvement actions to elevate the experience of other engineers  

  • Serve in a leadership role in all aspects of managing the engineering execution, from software design, system design, network design, commissioning, and testing with a positive result contribution on technical performance and financial results 

  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of all Controls Project Engineering deliverables 

  • Work on quotation bids with the Systems & Sales department on new projects and/or existing project changes 

  • Lead, support, promote, and improve software standardization 

  • Serve as the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for all aspects of commissioning and testing the system 

Required Qualification: 

  • Willingness to learn 

  • Proactive 

  • Ownership culture  

  • Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering/Technology discipline 

  • Must be willing and able to travel 30% routinely, with increased amounts if projects demand 

  • Knowledge of computer systems and Windows (personal computers) 

  • Must be able to communicate effectively 

  • Ability to work in a team and autonomous situations 

  • Strong team mentality and willingness to accept responsibility for project completion 

  • Must have the ability to properly prioritize work/activities 

  • Ability to understand PLC programs, SCADA systems 

  • Ability to understand and interpret Electrical Schematics 

  • This position requires occasional on-call after-hours support 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in implementation of material handling systems 

  • Advanced skills in ladder logic, Allen-Bradley Systems; Studio 5000  

  • Advanced skills in ladder logic, Siemens Systems; TIA-Portal  

  • Demonstrable skills in HMI (Human Machine Interface) Design, Ignition, Indusoft, Wonderware, FactoryTalk View, WinCC, or WEB factory 

  • Familiar with communication protocols (Ethernet IP, Modbus, etc.) 

  • Demonstrable skills in electrical design and use of computer-based drafting/design, Auto CAD 

  • Expert level understanding of installation, programming, and providing technical support of Controls hardware and software  

  • Familiar with computer installation and setup (SCADA Server) 

  • Possess a strong ability to solve problems and research solutions 

  • Logical mentality, skilled in understanding and designing Engineering Science: Logic & Programming 

  • Solid understanding of networking principles and computer hardware setup 

  • Knowledge of project scheduling 

  • Ability to identify network communication issues reactively and proactively  

  • Troubleshoot electrical based problems on conveyor systems, motors, drives, etc. 

  • Strong understanding of NEC (National Electrical Code) 

  • Strong understanding of NFPA 70 / 79 

  • Strong understanding of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations 

  • Strong understanding of Electrical controls hardware design, communication networks and 480 VAC / 120VAC / 24VDC power distribution 

  • Strong understanding of machine and system safety standards and design considerations 

  • Ability to quickly assess a situation and take appropriate action 

  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written skills 

  • Motivator and ability to work well with team members 

  • Adherence to VI WoW and PM 2.0 

  • Ability to read structured text, write preferred 

 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Capable of programming in SQL, Visual Basic, C, C++, C#, or equivalent 

  • Experience in project management or leading teams 

  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal and written 

  • Six Sigma green belt certification 

  • Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) 

  • Professional engineering license 

  • Strong understanding of VI WoW and PM 2.0, ability to drive process improvements 

  • Master's Degree in an Engineering/Technology discipline 

  • Understanding of Mechanical design as related to material handling industry 

 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Capable of working 10 hours standing / sitting / walking / climbing stairs 

  • Must be comfortable working in an office setting and a factory / construction environment 

 

Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

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