Job Description

Process Controls Engineer

Location: Charleston, SC area

About the job: The Process Controls Engineer creates value by performing measurement, reliability, and troubleshooting of the electrical and instrumentation processes/equipment to meet and exceed the facility goals for quality and production. This position will locate, inspect, diagnose, and correct uncommon and complex electrical systems, control problems, calibrate instruments, and perform both preventative and reactive maintenance to mechanical equipment and distribution control systems.

Job Description:

  • The Process Controls Engineer will ensure proper operation of all control system components to include: electronic components, valves, switches, DCS and related I/O modules
  • Perform measuring and testing (ex. Ammeters, voltmeters, transducer, calibration devices) to install equipment or replace/repair existing components
  • Inspect, test, and calibrate meters, indicators, gauges (such as flowmeters, pressure gauges, temperature indicators, controllers) to detect abnormal fluctuations
  • Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation transmitters problems from the transmitter, the control loop and the PLC hardware where the devices output is read by the PLC.
  • Ensure proper operation of all control system components to include: electronic components, valves, switches, DCS and related I/O modules
  • Perform measuring and testing (ex. Ammeters, voltmeters, transducer, calibration devices) to install equipment or replace/repair existing components
  • Inspect, test, and calibrate meters, indicators, gauges (such as flowmeters, pressure gauges, temperature indicators, controllers) to detect abnormal fluctuations
  • Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation transmitters problems from the transmitter, the control loop and the PLC hardware where the devices output is read by the PLC.
  • Troubleshoot field control wiring from 120 vac, 24 VDC, to milivolts and miliamps.
  • Understand and safely troubleshoot every aspect of the sites 480 vac power distribution system to include transformers, switchgear, MCC’s, isolated control panels and lighting and receptacle panels.
  • Proficiently use Rockwell software to include RSLogix 5000, RSLogix 5, RSLogix 500, RSLinx, RSView Interprise, FactoryTalk View Studio site edition network distributed, RSView32 Works, VMWare.
  • Understand and troubleshoot Network protocol converters and troubleshoot/configure all of the site’s AC inverters from Allen Bradley 1336, Allen Bradley 1336 plus, PowerFlex 4, PowerFlex 40, PowerFlex 525, PowerFlex 70, PowerFlex 700 and PowerFlex 750 series.
  • “Look outside of the box” to understand what controls equipment needs to be upgraded and why. They then would write an RFC to get the change approved.
  • Write a professional work scope and generate a bill of materials in the event that the RFC is approved and a project has to be done.
  • Trace our plant wiring and draw it in a proper format to have drafting make an electronic copy for plant records.
  • Install pneumatic, electronic, and instrumentation equipment
  • Perform electrical installations, repairs, and service equipment per NEC codes
  • Assist with planning layouts, running conduit, wiring and tubing for new and existing installations, developing and carrying out preventative maintenance programs
  • Assist Maintenance department particularly in the area of electric power distribution
  • Work in a Computerized Maintenance Management System for work order tracking, time entry, parts procurement, etc.
  • Work directly with engineering and plant management to scope process improvements, expansions, and or replacements of legacy systems.
  • Work in a Process Safety Management Facility (PSM) with integration of Management of Change Systems is a strong plus.
  • Troubleshoot Control Network communications issues to include Ethernet, Ethernet IP, ControlNet, DeviceNet, Data Highway, Data Highway plus, Remote I/O, RS232, and RS422 serial communications.

Job Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years of electrical/electronic or instrument & control troubleshooting experience in a manufacturing, industrial, military or production environment
  • Associates or Technical Degree/certification or higher in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Systems, Instrumentation, or similar field
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of control systems, valves, motors, and instrumentation/concepts of flow, level, pressure, and temperature
  • Working knowledge of National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Legacy, hardware, controls, and software experience (Allen Bradley/Rockwell Automation centered) preferred.
  • Experience with Ladder Logic, DCS/PLC platforms, computer operating systems, networks/configure networks and electronic information handling (a plus)
  • Must have extensive knowledge of Allen Bradley:
    • PLC5 hardware and troubleshooting skills
    • RSLogix 5 software with programming experience
    • Control Logix and Compact Logix PLS hardware and troubleshooting skills
    • Rslogix 5000 and/or Studio 5000 software with programming in ladder or function blocks
    • MicroLogix and SLC 500 hardware and troubleshooting skills
    • Configuration of Data Highway plus communications and troubleshooting.
    • Configuration of ControlNet communications and troubleshooting
    • RSView 32 configuration
    • Factory Talk View SE network distributed software configuration.
  • Must have extensive
    • Variable transmitter types configuration and calibration experience
    • Power distribution, control wiring configuration and troubleshooting experience
  • Language: English (Fluent), Work Authorization in United States and be able to successfully pass a hair follicle drug screen upon offer of employment
  • Controls Project experience a plus

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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