Automation Engineer

Job ID 17-00136

Industry Pharma

Job Type Permanent

Location Buena, NJ


Job Summary:
The Automation Engineer is responsible for plant automation, process control, data management, and system life-cycle documentation. Responsibilities include analyzing and troubleshooting root cause of problems; restoring lost function, updating SOPs and supporting plant operations.
Reporting Relationships: Individual Contributor
Essential Responsibilities:
- Recommend and implement process improvements using Automation solutions
- Use knowledge and experience to optimize control strategies
- Understand budget, process schedules and financial impact and interact with business to minimize downtime and mitigate risks to project delivery
- Communicate issues and drive issue resolution
- Influence decisions on Control System selection, design, validation and strategy
- Improve productivity through effective application and replication of successful automation and control solutions
- Identify customer requirements and develop solutions to meet the customers' needs.
- Provide system administration duties for automated systems
- Manage multiple projects involving retrofits, optimization and acquisition of process systems
- Assist in resolving technical issues with automation problems and support investigation as required for manufacturing systems
- Support system life-cycle documentation for automated control systems
- Develop and update engineering specifications, policies and procedures
- Participate in internal audits and provide support during external regulatory audits.
- Maintain and document all cGMP equipment/system modifications and upgrades through approved change control methods
- Interface with external vendors & service providers.
- Other duties as assigned.


- Bachelors Degree in Engineering or other Technical Degree (Computer / Bio-technology) w/directly relevant experience
- 8 or more years experience in a process control or related function
- Project and/or Administrative experience with many of the following: Data Historians (IP21, InSQL), Networking, Servers, DCS (DeltaV), PLC (Allen Bradley), BAS (Trane and Reese), ControlLogix, WonderWare
- Understanding of process controls principles for networks, process computers, controllers, and instrumentation
- The ability to read, understand, and troubleshoot using control schematics, I/O diagrams
- Experience in the Pharmaceutical industry working with control of manufacturing equipment , processes, and utilities
- Experienced maintaining system life cycle documentation (Drawings, Design Files, FRS, SDDS, etc).
- Experience managing projects, budgets, scoping, design, and implementation within a Change Management environment.
- Experience validating computerized systems including protocol generation and execution
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
- Excellent communication skills.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands; talk; and hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities