05 Jul, 2022

Automation and Process Control Engineer

  • Dupont
  • Richmond, VA, USA
Controller, Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description

DuPont Water and Protection currently has a position available as an Automation & Process Control Engineer at the Spruance site located in Richmond, VA.

This Automation & Process Control Engineer (A&PC) will provide automation and process

control technical services to one of the three production units on site in support of top line growth, capital projects, asset effectiveness improvements and troubleshooting support. The A&PC Engineer will apply control system design principles and knowledge to support the development, implementation, commissioning and validation of the successful operation of applications.

The A&PC Engineer will work with a team of Technicians and Engineers to maintain, troubleshoot and improve the process automation systems in the plant. They will be a recognized technical expert within the site A&PC team (~30 people) with impact on day to day operations as well as future success of the facility.  

As such the engineer will also work on project teams, with design resources, with the manufacturing organization and controls contractors to realize the objectives of technical programs and projects involving automation and process control technology.

Continued technical and professional development is required in this position to ensure the facility remains up to date on control system technology.

This position provides the opportunity to develop process control leader in the future.

The DuPont Spruance Site (Richmond, VA) is a large multi-line of business manufacturing facility that produces Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek® for a wide range of applications across multiple industries e.g. safety, protection, construction, packaging, electrical and many more.

Position Overview

This position provides technical leadership and support for the operation, maintenance and continuous

improvement of the site's automation and process control infrastructure.

  • Work closely with Site Automation and Process Control Leaders and Team members, Maintenance, IT, Technical/Manufacturing Resources and Technicians to understand the business, production unit and user needs and priorities. 
  • Provide process control assistance for DCS:
    •  Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
      • Honeywell Experion/TPS
      • Process Data Historians (Honeywell PHD and IP21)
      • FDM (Field Device Manager)
  • Champion and implement improvements in systems capabilities that will increase the ability to meet customer needs and improve business competitiveness following required change management processes.
  • Identify, develop the scope, and lead minor and medium capital improvement automation projects.
  • This position provides guidance for the management of the DCS systems, hardware, networks, control configuration, graphics, documentation, simulator, backups, procedures, and training to enable stable and efficient control of the process.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Designs and commission control systems by configuring/developing DCS systems
  • Automates and manages existing automation of process functions
  • Develops HMI graphics that enable efficient technician response and knowledge of the process operation.
  • Provides control systems input into project development and design schedules.
  • Ensures that the control software management is adequate and applied to achieve the site’s goals.
  • Provides programming and commissioning support, basic administration of control systems including monitoring and upkeep of applications.
  • Acts as a resource for operations and maintenance on procedures, training and standards.
  • Coaches teams and individuals on DCS related tasks and activities.
  • Participates in and leads control system projects as required.
  • Participates with investigations of process control incidents and ensures follow-up actions are completed to prevent recurrences.
  • Assists in developing and achieving control system goals and ensures tasks are completed.
  • Member of a team that provides support, as needed, to control systems across the site for reliable 24/7 operation of production assets.
  • Occasional travel (<5% of time) will be required for training or sharing technology with other US and global Dupont sites.

Qualifications Education & Experience:

Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Electrical Engineering or related degree with process control experience will be considered.
  • 5+ years of chemical process manufacturing, or related experience required
  • Strong track record implementing, improving, and supporting Process Control systems, preferably including experience with Honeywell systems.
  • Experience with High Hazard processes and process safety management preferred.
  • Good track record in troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Assignment will require occasional on-call support.
  • Legal right to work in the US without restriction (Green Card or Citizenship)
  • Ability to communicate with impact (both written & oral)
  • Good interpersonal skills to allow productive and collaborative relationships with internal & external customers, vendors, operations, mechanical and technical personnel.
  • Must be self-motivated and have attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand / support complex operation with sophisticated machinery and technically challenging process
  • Able and interested to develop into a process control leader with management ambitions

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