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Controls Engineer

Avantor, Inc. Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Posted: September 13, 2019
  • Full-Time

Job SummaryThe Controls Engineer will lead and support automation projects including but not limited to new equipment, existing equipment improvements, automation initiatives, standardizations, scale-up, and validation in a cGMP regulated environment. Participate in additional process and engineering functions including development and improvement initiatives as needed for filling, packaging, chemical manufacturing equipment and other production and facilities systems as appropriate.

+ Develop and maintain appropriate processes and procedures for system and equipment controls.
+ Responsible for developing and documenting system requirements, design, installation and testing of new automated equipment and systems.
+ Prepare detailed documentation of proposed changes and implement per change management procedures.
+ Design and implement; support and troubleshoot improvements for existing equipment, processes and systems.
+ Identify, propose, justify, facilitate and implement where appropriate continuous improvement projects following Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
+ Responsible for maintaining back-up copies and change control on control programs and configuration files for plant-wide PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, and servo drives.
+ Program and test vision systems for product inspections.
+ Lead Factory Acceptance Tests, Site Acceptance Tests, Installation Qualifications (IQ), Operational Qualifications (OQ), and Performance Qualifications (PQ)
+ Specify hardware and instrumentation for controls projects.
+ Lead cross-functional project teams for implementation.
+ Organize system for maintenance and troubleshooting of automated equipment; train Maintenance staff on basic troubleshooting procedures.
+ Prepare business case, cost models and financial justifications for process improvements or other engineering projects as assigned and appropriate.
+ Develop and provide Operator and Maintenance training related to projects.
+ Specify, design, program and test PLC and HMI systems.

+ Maintain compliance with the necessary and appropriate Quality and Regulatory requirements (such as FDA, ISO, other)
+ Facilitate and lead meetings as appropriate for relevant functions.
+ Maintain laptop with licenses for programming and troubleshooting.
+ Execute responsibilities for remote sites as assigned.
+ Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

+ Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or similar related degree
+ 4+ years applicable experience and/or training

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

+ Strong communications, both written and verbal
+ Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint required
+ Proficient with PLC programming software such as RSLogix 500 and 5000, DirectSOFT (Automation Direct), B&R Automation Studio or similar
+ Knowledge of PanelView or similar HMI programming
+ Ability to read P&IDs and electrical schematics
+ Knowledge of AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or equivalent design software
+ Experience with VFD and servo motor drive configuration
+ Experience with chemical reactors is a plus
+ Ability to develop project plans and complete projects on time and on budget
+ Ability to interact with all levels of the organization
+ Project management skills


Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 50 lbs.

Although the associate primarily works in an office environment, while performing the duties of this job, the associate is exposed to a production environment. The associate may work near moving mechanical machinery and/or vehicles and the noise level in the work environment can be loud. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
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Avantor is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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Avantor, Inc.


Phillipsburg, NJ
08865 USA

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