28154 – Automation Engineer (Hybrid) Houston, TX

  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #384685
  • Salary: $95,000

SALARY: 95000.00 USD – 105000.00 USD
TRAVEL: 50% Domestic
BONUS: 4% (not guaranteed; based off individual performance)
DRESS: Business Casual

The client is currently seeking a Automation Engineer to join their team in Houston, TX. This position offers challenge, variety and the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of activities supporting the automation needs of our fleet and operations across multiple project sites. The successful candidate will have excellent analytic skills to translate our dredging process in efficient, reliable and safe automated control systems. Knowledge of or willingness to learn all leading standards for both industrial and maritime automation systems should be considered as obvious. The position will interface and work closely with the Companies Estimating, Mechanical Engineering and Operations groups to assure successful project execution.

Responsibilities encompass everything from process specification to onsite field support. The essential elements of the position include, but are not limited to:

– Translate new and existing dredging processes in functional descriptions.
– Analyze existing and new automation software and research, implement and test improvements.
– Program PLC and HMIs according to approved functional descriptions
– Coordinate with subcontractors and suppliers to meet design requirements of the automation systems.
– Maintain accurate copies of drawings and software in the company's electronic document system.
– Solve automation related problems (either in person or through support of the field technicians).
– Upgrade automation software & hardware to ensure availability of parts & support.
– Coordinate with the site engineering group and IT department on projects requiring joint execution.
– Travel to project locations around the USA to work on assignments as assigned by the Electrical Engineering Manager.
– Maintain records of software versions, modifications, licenses and installations on company vessels.
– Perform on-call work during off-hours as necessary.
– Follow safe and compliant working procedures.
– Provide technical leadership to employees and contractors.

Required Skills:
– BS in Electrical Automation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or related field
– 5 years of Automation Engineering experience.
– Proven track record of achievement and advancement.
– Design and Programming experience with PLC systems such as Siemens S7 and Alan Bradley.
– Design and Programming experience with SCADA and DCS based applications. Proficiency in analyzing and describing automation processes.
– Experience with MATLAB
– Experience with marine based automation systems (alarm monitoring, vessel management systems, dredge management systems, power management systems) is preferred.
– Understanding of the common industrial automation standards and guidelines (i.e. ISA/IEC).
– Excellent project management skills.
– Hands-on experience using drawing design (i.e. AutoCAD) software.
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
– Ability to take the initiative, work independently, make decisions and develop recommendations.
– Ability to build strong working relationships both internally and externally.
– Strong organizational and communications kills.
– Must be able to travel domestic as needed (50%)
– When not traveling, must be able to work in an in-office work environment; at this time the in-office work personnel are working a hybrid schedule of 4 days in the office and 1 day remote.

– Competitive salary and performance incentive program
– 401(k) program that includes 100% company matching of the first 6% of employee contributions with immediate vesting.
– Annual profit-sharing contributions by the company to participants 401(k) accounts based on companies annual performance.
– Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription, Life and Disability insurance plans.

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