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Automation Engineer

Wilson, NC | Full Time
16 Days Ago

Job Description



Position Summary: 

Automation Engineer works under the direction of the Automation Manager and also utilize independent judgment to perform the day-to-day project duties of designing, developing and releasing deliverables used in the fabrication of equipment for pilot and commercial scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing (Primarily piping assemblies for fluid & gas handling and motorized agitation systems).  Primary responsibility involves generating design plans utilizing Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD software.  This position requires a high level of attention to detail along with the ability to develop a strong understanding of the ASME BPE Bioprocessing Equipment design standards. 


  • Assume project lead to interface with customer and ensure customer satisfaction. (Travel as requested)  
  • Executes quality management plan in accordance with quality standards.  
  • Understand all project requirements and objectives.  
  • Defines automation scope of work and develops all required specifications.  
  • Estimates automation hardware, software and manpower requirements.  
  • Coordinates design and/or manufacturing and software efforts to ensure compliance.  
  • Forecast and communicate status as required.  
  • Support design and manufacturing with integration of system controls as requested.  
  • Programs PLC, OIT, HMI, DCS controllers and smart instruments as requested.  
  • Manages automation employees or contractors in execution of work.  
  • Accounts for all contractor resources assigned to project.  
  • Assists with Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and Site Acceptance Tests (SAT)  
  • May evaluate and recommend automation upgrades to existing equipment or systems.  
  • Supports Field Services with respect to automation needs both planned and unscheduled.  
  • Maintain organized project and/or software records.  
  • Control project cost.  
  • Meeting Project schedules 
  • Write and/or execute test plans as required.  
  • Provide training to end user(s).  
  • Provide technical support to customers, sales and marketing.  
  • Execute other tasks as assigned 
  • Ability to travel when required 


• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline or equivalent automation related job experience. 

• 5 years with current automation systems experience. 

• Proficient with one or more of the following hardware/software platforms: Allen-Bradley, Delta V, or Siemens. 

• Current automation and control systems design, development, and programming from scope and P&ID framework. 

• English language proficiency, both written and oral speaking skills. 

• cGMP and GAMP 5 experience in Bio-Pharm or Pharmaceutical industry experience preferred. 

• Detail oriented with a solid understanding of current programming standards, industry design fundamentals, and related simulation/de-bugging processes. 

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

• Good organizational skills with the ability to multi-task across functional groups. 

• Must work well both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. 

• Limited travel will be required (not expected to exceed 20%). International travel possible. 

Skills for Automation Engineer

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