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[Controls Engineer] Controls Engineer needed for manufacturing near Houston

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Seeking Degreed Automation Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer for manufacturing facility near Houston
As part of our team, the Automation Engineer will create automated systems for use in a production and manufacturing environment. The Automation Engineer will collaborate with others to determine existing automation capabilities and future opportunities to improve production and financial return through automation. Responsible for troubleshooting existing automation as well as providing detailed project road maps and schedules for automation that supports improved performance, as well as designing and testing new automated equipment and processes for a wood pellet manufacturing facility.
Responsibilities include:
• Leading collaborative discussions with facility personnel and leadership to explore and implement new ways to automate systems
• Identifying issues with existing equipment and determine automation capabilities and goals
• Designing and testing/validating automation equipment and processes
• Designing and programming HMI for controls rooms and other locations
• Programming of new and existing automated equipment and processes
• Creating detailed road maps and schedules to guide automation projects
• Writing reports regarding investigations and design issues as needed
• Performing financial evaluations regarding return on investment of automated equipment and processes
• Minimum Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Mechanical, Electrical, or another relevant engineering degree, with Automation Engineering experience
• Three to five years (3-5) experience in controls
• Strong leadership and self-starting mentality – ability to work autonomously, and give and receive direction
• Superb attention to detail and organizational skills
• Solid understanding of computer programming and software development
• Strong problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• Ability to troubleshoot equipment and perform complex system tasks
• Solid computer and writing skills for creation of modifications, reports, and updates
• Strong analytical skills
• Ability to work well with others and communicate effectively
• Proficiency with maintaining automation equipment
• Working proficiency with scheduling tools – e.g. P6, Microsoft Project
• Strong desire for self-improvement and keeping up with the latest technology
• Demonstrated/documented examples of the above characteristics
Preferred qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another relevant technical field
• Experience with Siemens and/or Alan Bradly equipment – move is from Siemens to Alan Bradly so experience with both is preferred
• Experience with Project Management a plus
• Experience with Design Engineering a plus
• Experience with robotics, AI, and Machine Learning a plus

Contract work for independent contractors – e.g. must have own LLC or other business entity, or willingness to create one
This position has a great deal of potential for longevity and growth, given the right candidate.
Contract position = Rate + per diem
Must be able to provide four recent and solid work references and pass a rigorous background check.

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