Sr. Automation Engineer

  • Yakima, WA
  • Direct Hire
  • Job ID: BI32-2698123
Great opportunity to grow your career with a successful food manufacturer in the beautiful Yakima, WA area! Enjoy low travel, most of the travel is local and regional up to 15%!

Our client is adding to their automation staff in the Yakima, WA area and in this position, the Sr. Automation Engineer is responsible for designing and implementing complex automation systems and process and production systems for production facilities. Position analyzes, designs, codes, installs, tests, modifies, and maintains computer controls hardware, programs, software interfaces and applications in a process control environment. In addition, position oversees and conducts operators’, mechanics’, and supervisors’ trainings on newly installed processing systems.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field is preferred, with a minimum of 7+ years of experience.
  • Alternatively, a minimum of 15 years of experience performing system integration, project management, PLC/HMI development programming, process engineering, control systems engineering, or related.
  • International Society of Automation – Certified Automated Professional and/or Certified Control Systems Technician is highly desirable.
  • In-depth working knowledge of various manufacturers, PLC and HMI hardware and software application.
  • Understanding of NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E and effectively implement electrical projects using this code.
  • Working knowledge of process control systems including instrumentation and process control hardware, software, and methods.
  • Understand food processing, thermal systems, CIP systems, and packaging.
  • Knowledge of graphic arts.
  • Low voltage wiring, facility power distribution, electrical and controls panel wiring, instrumentation functionality.
  • Principles and practices of complex program and project development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of process and equipment design.
  • Principles and practices of construction management.
  • Principles and practices of electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering and their application to food manufacturing facilities.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability To:

  • Manage and coordinate a variety of complex projects.
  • Ability to design and execute extremely complex PLC and SCADA programs, including analyzing, designing, coding, testing, and debugging.
  • Ability to troubleshoot industrial processes.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Identify, research, and analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, and project consequences of proposed actions.
  • Understand and interpret specifications, maps, plans, and reports pertaining to complex capital improvement projects and plant expansions.
  • Effectively organize, plan, and execute.
  • Use computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, PLCs, HMD, and SCADA programs.
  • Meet behaviors established in company's performance management and development process.
  • Use computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and AutoCAD.


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