Automation Engineer
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

McMinnville, Oregon

General Position Summary & Responsibilities:

The Automation Engineer reports to the Director of Steel Technology. This position requires knowledge of equipment, technologies, terminology, and practices related to automation technology. Ability to operate the tools, equipment, hardware and software necessary to perform the duties of this position. This includes working knowledge of Allen-Bradley PLCs and Allen-Bradley HMI programming software, AC and DC drives software, panel view software and Microsoft Office applications. Must also possess ability to effectively use hand tools, power tools, volt/ohm meter, oscilloscope. Must possess strong communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to convey technical information to non-technical staff to address questions and/or provide training. Must possess knowledge and skill in the design, installation and maintenance of plant control and automation systems. Must possess the ability to apply engineering principles and techniques to problem resolution and to accurately instruct technicians and/or electricians in a course of action. Timely decision making, delegation, interpersonal savvy, peer relationships, planning, action-oriented, composure, listening, managing diversity, problem solving, integrity and trust. This position is on call 24x7 and must be reachable by telephone during all hours. Additional project duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Continually
    • Assist in minimizing downtime/breakdowns and maximizing productivity, monitor performance, managing routine maintenance processes, and training employees in routine management standards.
    • Support, and monitor performs diagnoses and repair of plant control and automation systems including electronic motor drives and electronic test equipment.
    • Ensure best practice in automation routines in accordance with planning.
    • Support RCA - Failure Analysis when significant problems occur and compares performance to existing standards.
    • Follow performance expectations, standards procedures and audit performance, document findings, and participate on corrective action plans.
    • Participate on audits, safety observation, 5S initiatives, needs assessments, preventive maintenance and safety management processes and procedures, and other process routine management activities to identify opportunities for improvement and solve problems.
    • Support, and monitor electrical installations and construction projects as needed.
    • Provide technical assistance for difficult electrical and maintenance problems.
    • Maintains current and accurate prints and drawings of automation equipment and systems for CSRM.
  • Frequently
    • Performs both routine and complex PLC programming and programs Human Machine Interface – HMI computers to interact with the process.
    • Performs diagnoses and repair of plant control and automation systems including electronic motor drives and electronic test equipment.
    • Designs and installs plant control and automation systems as needed using structured methodologies.
    • Collaborates with other department staff, management and/or vendors to resolve problems, to communicate department needs, to facilitate system improvements and to coordinate the purchase or service of equipment.
    • Support, lead and liaise with Engineering dept in new automation projects.
Performance Standards:

This position requires talking in person by telephone and two-way radio to communicate with coworkers or supervisors to gather information or to give direction. Hearing is required to listen in person and over the phone or two-way radio and to understand despite a potentially loud environment. Ability to detect equipment malfunction or irregularities in tools or machinery. Must be able to read either paperwork or information on a computer monitor. Good visual acuity necessary for safety reasons in a warehouse and manufacturing environment and essential to ability to perform the duties of the job. Must be able to detect irregularities or hazards such as gas, fire, smoke or fumes. Must have the ability to use tools, equipment, parts and materials to perform the duties of the job. To enter or retrieve data from a computer.

Job Conditions:

Exposure to physical operations ranging from office environments to manufacturing areas.   On occasions may need to enter the mill and melt shop, where they will be exposed to outdoor and or plant conditions. PPE is required and provided when this is the case. Work is primarily performed indoors, in both an office environment and in a manufacturing environment. It may require the ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds, and/or to lift/carry up to 20 pounds. Climbing is frequent while ascending or descending stairs daily. Stooping, kneeling and crouching is occasional when needing to access office supplies or equipment or to work on systems, software or wiring. Standing and walking is frequent within office building, as well as outside or within manufacturing plant. Continual reaching to retrieve supplies, equipment or files/paperwork.   Pushing, pulling and lifting to move items within the office environment. Grasping to move office supplies or equipment, to write, or to operate hand or power tools. Repetitive motions of the hands, wrists, fingers to perform office duties such as keyboarding, 10-key, telephone dialing, filing of documentation or operations of copier/fax machine. Some job duties such as programming can be performed while sitting. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in control engineering or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience as Automation Engineer.
  • 4+ years of experience in Automation engineering.
PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

An offer of U.S. employment by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.

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