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Industrial Automation and Controls Engineer

Company: HR Knowledge
Location: Charlotte
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

EPOC Enviro (known in Australia as OPEC Systems) is an award-winning environmental engineering firm. The EPOC acronym stands for 'Emerging Pollutants of Concern'.

Our tagline is 'protecting and improving our environment'. We do this by implementing clever and practical engineering solutions on a global scale to permanently remove PFAS and other emerging contaminants from the environment. We proudly apply the principles of intelligent design, sustainable engineering, and green chemistry to our capability.

EPOC Enviro is seeking an Industrial Automation and Controls Engineer to oversee the assembly and commissioning of the SAFF - units (containerized water treatment plants) as they are produced in the United States. This engineer will ensure electrical compliance and safety within the U.S. and take ownership of electrical components used in domestic SAFF - design and production.

The Industrial Automation and Control Engineer will troubleshoot electrical and control related issues, both in the manufacturing plant and in the field. They will also manage and implement electrical and control changes as they are released and work with the Australian control team to help generate additional improvements to the electrical and control system.

Please note, the Industrial Automation and Controls Engineer will be required to travel to Australia for 3 weeks of training. A current passport and ability to travel internationally is required. After training, occasional travel will be expected for this role.
The following represents a list of essential duties and responsibilities; other duties may be assigned as required.

  • Ensure the quality of control systems and electrical assemblies in the finished SAFF - units produced in the United States.
  • With the help of the manufacturing team, ensure that the control, electrical, and telemetry components are installed in the SAFF - systems as per the current designs.
  • Ensure that the software and programs are correctly loaded and configured on the PLC and onboard computer.
  • Design and implement testing and commissioning programs for the electrical and control systems in the units before they leave the factory.
  • Continually develop and improve the quality of the control system, programming, and HMI display to improve both the performance of the SAFF - units and the customer experience.
  • Responsible for ensuring that components, programming, and any software remain functional as the SAFF - design moves through future iterations.
  • Help with creating and updating documentation including control philosophies, manuals, electrical wiring diagrams, P&IDs, schematics etc.
  • Ensure compliance with electrical codes and practice and lead electrical safety initiatives.
  • Develop work instructions and training plans for electricians and SAFF - manufacturing staff.
  • Oversee and work alongside electricians and other manufacturing technicians to build their capability.
  • Responsible for programming version control on all SAFF - units, storing and deploying backups where necessary.
  • Assist as needed with troubleshooting electrical and control related issues on units in the field either via remote telemetry or on site.

    Mandatory Knowledge & Skills:

    • Able to program both PLCs and HMIs. Has a comprehensive understanding of PLC ladder logic. Able to interpret, understand and modify existing PLC programs from any OEM.
    • Experience in PLC and/or DCS control system design. Has experience designing control cabinets/electrical panels for projects. Able to generate schematics and wiring diagrams for plant electrical and control equipment.
    • Able to understand, interpret and work from wiring diagrams and schematics to assemble and install control systems and control/electrical panels.
    • Able to design, build and troubleshoot motor control circuits. Able to install, configure, and troubleshoot electronic variable speed drives.
    • Proficient knowledge of electrical distribution systems at various voltages.
    • Able to safely troubleshoot electrical and electronic equipment, diagnose and correct faults.
    • Working knowledge of instrumentation and of final elements/actuators.
    • Working knowledge of electrical codes and regulations. Familiar with applicable control industry codes and processes.


      • At least 5 - 7 years of experience in a relevant electrical or controls position.
      • Experience configuring telemetry/remote access systems.
      • Experience working with databases and database programming.
      • Experience in industrial plant control system testing commissioning and startup.
      • Degree education in either control engineering, automation, electrical engineering, or related diploma.


        • Expert at analytical thinking and problem solving. Takes initiative and can make independent decisions. Demonstrated ability to achieve results and solve complex business problems in creative and effective ways.
        • Excellent organizational skills and expert planner. Can manage multiple priorities at once in a dynamic production environment.
        • Proven leadership skills in building and managing teams with the ability to coach, mentor and develop people for high performance.
        • Ability to influence, build relationships, effectively navigate politics, and manage conflict. Extremely personable with excellent communication skills.


          • EPOC offers a well-rounded benefits package, including: comprehensive medical insurance, life and disability insurance and Employee Assistance support.
          • EPOC is an Environmental company, our focus on protecting and improving our environment extends to our employees. We aim to provide a place that is safe and enjoyable to work.
          • EPOC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: HR Knowledge, Charlotte , Industrial Automation and Controls Engineer, Engineering , Charlotte, North Carolina

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