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SALARY:  $90,000 – $120,000


The Automation Engineer-Programmer is responsible for designing, programming, and implementing process control solutions for our clients’ production facility. This is a hands-on role that requires creativity in designing and implementing industrial automation solutions to support company needs. The Automation Engineer-Programmer will implement successful PLC and HMI automation projects and maintain current knowledge of process manufacturing field instrumentation.


  • Program control systems – SCADA, PLC, HMI, Historian, Communications hardware, etc. 
  • Design, configure, and program HMI screens to support the overall control of the equipment and process, ensuring proper configuration is in place for PLC/HMI hardware to effectively communicate. 
  • Setup and startup of hardware and software for the PLC, HMI, variable frequency drives, control, and communications networks. 
  • Coordinate with management and automation team members regarding control system development, standards, and implementation. 
  • Work with the production and process development team to capture data and develop custom automation systems suited to department needs. 
  • Participate in testing and commissioning of the control system. 
  • Ensure QA/QC process is established and implemented as related to the control system – programming, implementation, and testing. 
  • Load, test and document control system programs and communication systems. 
  • Coordinate with subcontractors and suppliers as related to control system supply, integration, implementation, and testing. 
  • Conduct end-user training. 
  • Work and communicate effectively with other disciplines, task leaders, and project managers. 
  • Identify technologies to be used for future applications and extensions of current architectures. 


  • 5+ years of industrial automation programming or related work experience. 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Computer Engineering or Associate Degree in Engineering or trade school program completion in relevant fields. 
  • Ability to understand chemical dosing and effectively automating the controls system to achieve a steady, consistent dosage. 
  • Understanding of industrial environments, engineering, and production processes. 
  • AutoCAD or other design software (Solidworks, Inventor, etc.) knowledge preferred. 
  • Experience with any of the following PLCs: Allen Bradly, Modicon, Siemens, AutomationDirect, and Omron. Proven experience with any of the following HMI, or SCADA software packages AutomationDirect’s C-More, Ignition SCADA by Inductive Automation, Wonderware, FactoryTalk View ME/SE, Vijeo Citect, Ci-Tech, etc. 
  • Experience with motor controls: electrical or drive type, VFD, VSD. 
  • Knowledge of process manufacturing field instrumentation, technology, and batch process manufacturing expertise in the following project phases: documentation, detailed design generation, implementation, systems integration, testing and on-site start-up. 
  • Experience preparing P&IDs, wiring schematics, network and control system architecture designs highly preferred. 
  • Proven track record in programming leadership as well as the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices, as well as providing detailed documentation upon project completion. 
  • Project management experience is highly preferred. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Self-starter and hands-on work style. 
  • Clear, professional, courteous oral and written communication skills. 

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