Process Automation Engineer

Position Description

Job Summary

This position will provide leadership in the implementation and support of plant automation, systems integration, and data acquisition systems for the Surface Conditioning business.

The  Process Automation Engineer is responsible for the design, implementation, and testing of project specific Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and system integration solutions.  S/he will be responsible of all 3 stages of automation projects: Concept/Planning, Design/Build, and Installation/Startup.  The Process Automation Engineer will interface with process experts to identify and solve safety, quality, delivery, and cost problems through Saint-Gobain’s operation excellence system (WCM).  The Process Automation Engineer will design and build complete electromechanical systems and may also utilize automation integrators to complete projects. This person will be an integral part of the production team and focus on business operations and process improvement. 

The successful candidate should have a keen interest in improving processes through automation, be skilled in coding (Python preferred), and interested in teaching the shop floor to use the programs and be able to adapt them slightly to fit new product needs.

This role will support 2 plants, one in Olyphant, PA, and one in Anaheim, CA, with 30%-40% travel required.

Role Summary:

  • Plan, devise, design, and participate in the completion of MES projects towards long term optimization, systems integration, and process improvement.

  • Work effectively with stakeholders to assist in definition of business needs as they relate to MES implementation

  • Perform technical analysis activities, such as requirements gathering and gap analysis of user requirements

  • Responsible for technical deliverables for the MES system

  • Manage and report on adjustments to scope, schedule, and issues

  • Participate in strategic and tactical planning sessions, must be able to work independently as well as part of the team

  • Install and improve use of automation, controls, and programming

  • Provide hands-on assistance to Operators and Manufacturing personnel on the production floor to identity opportunities for process improvements and implement solutions

  • Independently manage a workload consisting of long-term projects and unplanned day-to-day priorities

  • Lead, direct, develop, and train employees on new processes, equipment, and procedures as required while maintaining existing process documentation

  • Write project reports and make oral presentations of work progress to articulate and convey project developments to all appropriate supervisory, management, and manufacturing personnel.

  • Maintain technical competence and keep informed on new developments in materials, process technology, and product applications to ensure that the most appropriate methods and materials are used

  • Responsible for compliance with applicable corporate and governmental guidelines, rules, and regulations pertaining to health, safety, and environmental issues

  • Develop and maintain documentation for automation systems and processes. This Includes compliancy documentation where needed by upper management.

  • Troubleshoot existing systems and processes.

  • Train shop floor on how to safely and efficiently use systems, and do minor adjustments

  • Supports all ISO activity


Required Qualifications

B.S. in Computer Science, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or Control Engineering is required.

M.S. or M. Eng in Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial or Control Engineering is preferred. 

A minimum of 2-5 years of previous experience with process optimization with strong data analysis and problem solving skills is preferred. 

MES project execution experience (requirements analysis, design definition, software development and solutions implementation) is preferred. 


Company Summary

With over 60,000 employees working across 46 countries, Saint-Gobain’s Innovative Materials Sector boasts a unique and profitable portfolio of high-tech and high value-added solutions for housing and construction, mobility, healthcare and industry.

A true technology bridgehead for the Saint-Gobain Group, the Innovative Materials Sector is supported by 3 powerful growth drivers: innovation, co-development and research.

In the field of High Performance Materials, it proposes a comprehensive range of innovative technologies targeting the housing and construction market, transport, industry and healthcare, and combined into four families of materials: ceramics, polymers, abrasives and technical fabrics. Flat Glass is a world leader in manufacturing, processing and selling glass products for the construction and transportation sector (including the automotive industry).


Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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Process Automation Engineer

Location: Olyphant, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 08/02/2021

Job Code: 587198

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