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Automation & Controls Engineer

Company: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Location: Lancaster
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

As employees of a farmer-owned cooperative, we come to work every day trying to honor the tireless effort and care these farming families put in every day, all day, 365 days a year. Our farmer-owners tend to think in generations, with some of our farms being run by the same families for over a century. We carry this approach into our business, knowing that each and every one of us makes a difference in allowing these generational traditions to continue, taking pride in knowing that we nourish our friends, neighbors, nation, and even the world with healthy and delicious dairy products. Our products include milk, flavored milk, yogurt, dip, sour cream, cottage cheese, Italian cheese, and ice cream mix marketed under the Upstate Farms -- , Bison -- , Milk for Life -- , and Intense Milk -- brands. Job Summary:
Our Engineering department is seeking a talented individual to join us as an Automation & Controls Engineer.
You should be able to analyze processes that affect the overall production of our dairy products. You should also be able to spot any faults in our process control systems and provide recommendations for improvements.
As an ideal candidate, you should have outstanding problem-solving/troubleshooting ability and a good understanding of various processes in manufacturing facilities. You should also have excellent leadership skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
Key Responsibilities:
Automating and upgrading plant manufacturing processes. Provide technical assistance in scaling up equipment and processes from prototype to pilot to full scale manufacturing. Read and Update Process Flow Diagrams (PFDS), P&IDs & UFDs Prepare process datasheets for mechanical equipment and instruments Document facility start-up and operating guidelines Develop and maintain technical project timelines and provide updates and feedback to project leadership. Provide day to day plant automation support. Troubleshooting problems associated with manufacturing processes. Support systems documentation including electrical, and process & instrumentation diagrams. Assist with preparing standardized procedures for operating plants.
Assist with support of MES/OEE and Data Historian systems. Conducting tests and monitoring the process performance throughout production. Staying abreast of the latest developments in process control engineering.
Assist with training maintenance and supervisory personnel.
Suggesting improvements in the current processes.
Knowledge & Skills - Required
Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or related field of study.
5 years of experience working as a Process Design/Automation/Controls Engineer, or a similar role in an engineering department.
Strong analytical skills, basic understanding of project management fundamentals, strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project) Knowledge and understanding of production and manufacturing processes.
Experience in AutoCAD software. Experience in PLC programming, Rockwell, Emerson/GE, Mitsubishi. Experience in SCADA/HMI software. Experience in using MES/OEE, Data Historian & Statistical Process software.
Electrical and mechanical/process design experience.
Ability to ensure adherence to industry standards and regulations. Demonstrate excellent leadership skills.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Phenomenal communication and organizational skills.
Ability to work under minimal supervision.
Good analytical and mathematical skills.
Ability to work collaboratively.
Excellent interpersonal and time management skills. A hardworking and passionate individual with strong work ethics.
Preferred
Dairy and/or food processing expertise, particularly in Mixing & Blending, Retort operations, automatic packaging, system and equipment mechanics, and sanitation and safety.
Confidentiality The Automation and Controls Engineer is exposed to and entrusted confidential information relative to production methods, customers and company strategy.Management Responsibility The Automation and Controls Engineer is an individual contributor role that operates under the general direction of the Automation Engineering Manager.Work Environment While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, high speed and processing equipment; is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals; is frequently exposed to moderate to high noise levels in the work environment. Must be able to see, grasp hold, walk, climb, bend, and stretch, lift up to 40 lbs. Will spend significant time in the production environment where temperatures fluctuate, floors may be wet, and noise is a constant factor. There is a 50% regional travel expected in this role. Pay: $80,000-$130,000/year*The salary range indicated in this posting represents the minimum and maximum of the salary range for this position. Actual salary will vary depending on factors including, but not limited to, budget available, prior experience, knowledge, skill and education as they relate to the position's qualifications, in addition to internal equity. The posted salary range reflects just one component of our total rewards package. Other components of the total rewards package may include participation in group health and/or dental insurance, retirement plan, wellness program, paid time away from work, and paid holidays.
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.

Keywords: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., Cheektowaga , Automation & Controls Engineer, Engineering , Lancaster, New York

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