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Electrical Engineer, Plant & Equipment Controls

Company: AGI - Aggrowth International
Location: Naperville
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Position Title: Electrical Engineer, Plant & Equipment Controls
Department: Global Product Management
Division: AGI Corporate
Location: Naperville, USAbout AGIAGI is a global food-based infrastructure company publicly traded in Canada. With over 4,000 employees and over 30 global manufacturing brands, AGI is a leading provider of equipment and technology solutions for agricultural commodities including seed, fertilizer, grain and feed systems and an expanding platform for food processing facilities.The OpportunityThe Electrical Engineer, Plant & Equipment Controls (Process Automation) is a skilled technical contributor with the capability to develop & design equipment / plant control of automated systems from concept through manufacturing. Depending upon specific project requirements, this position will be tasked with driving concurrent turnkey equipment automation through both internal factory resources and at times third-party integrators. This role will work on cost reduction/standardization projects and the development of a standardized Configure to Order (CTO) platform. It is essential that this individual possesses hands-on experience with plantwide automation, equipment control panels, PLC Programing, and 3-phase electrical designs.The TeamThis individual will report to the Engineering Manager, Plant & Equipment Controls, and be part of a team that assesses the current offering of equipment controls, plant wide automation, & user interfaces across multiple product offerings driving the development of a best in-class standardized global platform to be utilized corporatewide. This is an Engineered to Order (ETO) environment where the controls systems are sold to a client with equipment. All new product development for process controls and plantwide automation will be executed by this engineering team.Responsibilities

  • Design & development of the plant and equipment controls for liquid and dry fertilizer blending plants
  • PLC Programming including, Distributed Control, and Analog I/O
  • Programming capability of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)
  • Research, evaluate, recommend, and design 'best-in-class' control systems and control panels based on market requirements
  • Define and develop feature rich HMI interfaces that reflect the system processes
  • Refine designs and offerings to transition from a 'one off' custom process to a standardized Configure to Order (CTO) offering while developing and maintaining an Engineered to Order (ETO) process for strategic accounts
  • Collaborating with Mechanical Engineering teams, service teams, and plant software teams to improve all existing offerings and develop the next generation of Plant and Equipment controls.
  • Maintain and support UL 508 Controls Panel Standards.
  • Strong collaboration with code development teams integrating physical controls hardware with application software
  • Partner with global functions of product management, marketing, sales, and technical experts in support of the technical requirements for the process automation product roadmap strategy development
  • Partner with technical resources at multiple locations and product families to develop the best-in-class automation systems to support our processing equipment in meeting market/customer requirements
  • Support application engineering process automation quotation process (currently ad-hoc) while developing and transitioning to a CTO programQualifications
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) or Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering w/significant plant & equipment controls automation experience from an accredited four-year program.
    • 2-5 years of hands-on process automation/control engineering experience
    • Must have good communication and collaboration skills to work with all levels of the organization. (e.g., electrical drafters, procurement, manufacturing, mechanical engineering teams, quotation team, manufacturing, & application engineering).
    • Strong collaboration and interpersonal communication capability
    • Experience with industrial process automation controls (examples: oil & gas, food & beverage, water/wastewater, chemical etc. Agricultural: Feed, Fertilizer, Grains are a plus)
    • Strong aptitude and understanding of controls/automation systems.
    • Adept at working with mechanical engineering teams to translate from system requirements to automation requirements
    • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage time well
    • Self-directed and results-oriented
    • MS Office platform proficient including Visio & Project
    • Proficiency in electrical schematic / control panel development and CAD systems
    • PLC Programing Experience with one or more programming languages: Ladder Diagram (LD), Sequential Function Charts (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD), Structured Text (ST), & Instruction List (IL)
    • Ladder Diagram logic programing is a must
    • Experience with 3-phase power distribution design and implementation (Soft Starts, S-Curves, etc.)
    • Control panel design and architecture
    • UL 508 Control Panel Building Standards
    • IEC / CE -European Control Panel Standards is a positive
    • Capability to design process automation & control systems including experience / understanding of:
    • Pneumatic Solenoid Valves
    • Pumping systems with VFD controls
    • Motor controls for material handling systems including soft-start applications
    • Automated weighing systems / load cells
    • Advanced PLC/HMI development capability
    • Distributed Control / Field Bus
    • RS232 and RS485
    • Experience with data collection software and methods
      AGI is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.Accommodations are available upon request for candidates with a disability taking part in the recruitment process and once hired.

Keywords: AGI - Aggrowth International, Naperville , Electrical Engineer, Plant & Equipment Controls, Professions , Naperville, Illinois

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