15 Feb, 2021

Process Control Engineer

  • Dupont
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
Engineer, Process Engineer Chemicals Plastics & Manufacturing

Job Description

Job Description

About DuPont Safety & Construction

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DuPont develops solutions that protect, shelter and enhance lives. Our expertise spans high-performance fibers and foams, aramid papers, non-woven structures, water purification technologies, and protective garments, and includes well-known brands like Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, Styrofoam™, Corian®, and Great Stuff™.

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The DuPont Yerkes site located in Buffalo, New York employs approximately 470 DuPont employees and another 40-60 contractors.  Comprised of two business units, Yerkes includes: Corian® (Sheet lines 1 & 2), Tedlar® (Polymer, Mix/Casting, SP, Treating/Finishing), and Power Generation (water/steam). The units work independently to produce materials that are used in a variety of products including: countertops, building panels, wall covering, solar cells, and surface finishes for airplanes, cars, buses, and trains – to name a few.


Buffalo, New York is located on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, at the head of the Niagara River, 16 miles (26 km) south of Niagara Falls. Its early embrace of electric power led to the nickname "The City of Light." The city is also famous for its urban planning and layout by Joseph Ellicott, an extensive system of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as significant architectural works. Its culture blends Northeastern and Midwestern traditions, with annual festivals including Taste of Buffalo and Allentown Art Festival, two major professional sports teams (Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres), a Division I college athletics program (SUNY Buffalo Bulls, aka UB) and a thriving, progressive dining, music and arts scene. Buffalo has “small town charm and world class culture”, is surrounded by opportunities for many outdoor activities (boating, skiing, hiking, etc.), and, most importantly, has only minor traffic issues.


Role Description


This role plays a key part in supporting the Corian® manufacturing process. This process is a truly hybrid one – consisting of continuous, batch, and discrete control. It is a complex system with many integrated parts. The Process Automation (PA) engineer is the primary resource for maintaining, updating, and troubleshooting the existing, but very new, Rockwell Plant PAx control system and its interface to other systems including off-line lab testing, in-line instrumentation, the process historian, and the manufacturing execution system (MES). The PA 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 team with impact on day to day operation and on future success of the facility. They will also be a key member of the PA technology support team which includes Operations and Manufacturing Technology experts. Continued technical and professional development is included in this position to ensure the facility remains up to date on PA technology.   


  • Ensure that field devices, instrumentation systems, communication networks and interfaces are working properly.
  • Keep track of engineering changes and update necessary documents utilizing the Management of Change (MOC) process.
  • Provide bug fixes, enhancements, and upgrades to the control system – from the HMI to the controllers. Enhancements and upgrades include managing both software and firmware upgrades, as well as implementing new technology.
  • Assist run plant engineers, technical advisors, technicians, and operators in troubleshooting process upsets.
  • Ensure control system meets all Process Safety and cybersecurity requirements.
  • Work with the Manufacturing Technology group to implement both small and large projects affecting the control system.



Job Qualification



  • BS Engineering discipline required. Chemical Engineering preferred
  • Chemical process manufacturing or related experience preferred
  • Process Safety Management (High Hazard Process/Low Hazard Operation) experience preferred
  • Rockwell Plant PAX experience preferred
  • MS SQL experience a plus.


Capabilities Required for this Role (Knowledge Skills & Abilities)

  • Self-driven
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Highly organized and creative.
  • Effective engineering leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Proficient in hardware and software development and troubleshooting.
  • Effective in designing process improvement projects;
  • Ability to keep up-to-date with latest developments in industrial automation technology and using these studies to improve productivity and promote cost effectiveness.


Behaviors Required for this Role

  • Manufacturing Process Acumen - High level of expertise in facility process and equipment. Able to identify and execute improvement expense and small capital projects including scope, authorization, construction, commissioning and start up.  Validate successful implementation of improvement work. Understanding of PSM requirements.
  • Business judgement - Awareness, understanding, and navigation of the business to enable improvement or development of solutions in that improve the business and our customers’ experience.
  • Functional skills - The specific skills and experiences needed to deliver and accelerate in your current role and throughout your career.
  • Organizational skills - Having and using the knowledge of our organization’s systems, procedures, and culture to identify issues and/or opportunities and take action on them in a way that meets the needs of customers and magnifies your impact.
  • Actively listening - Knows what she/he doesn’t know; welcomes input from others; takes time to clearly understand and respond; allows people the time to express their point; open to influence.
  • Self-driven - “Sense of purpose”; driven by a higher agenda; demonstrates the ability to elevate and remain objective; able and willing to take risks and do difficult things.

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