Controls Engineer

SEaB Energy

  • Full Time

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As part of a dynamic, multi-skilled and small team, your responsibilities for process controls and software will be all-encompassing. You will primarily work from home, with a requirement to attend customer sites, globally, in a client-facing capacity. You will support and develop our current solution and future solutions, identifying the best hardware and software for use, configure the technology, then manage and lead the installation and commissioning of the system. After commissioning you will monitor the systems’ performance and support local maintenance technicians with diagnostic work to resolve process control issues.

  • Develop, support, and maintain our process control system (currently based on Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC and PanelView HMI) for our Modular Anaerobic Digestion plants.
  • Update and produce functional design specification, P&ID, system specification, Finite State Machine diagrams and coding specification documents with version control.
  • Examine migration of PLC solution to other PLC-based and non-PLC based computing platforms.
  • Develop remote control facility to allow company and clients remote access to system controls.
  • Implement robust and secure version control system for storing programs and files.
  • Participate in HAZID, HAZOP and DSEAR efforts for new designs and changes to existing designs.
  • Oversee Factory Acceptance Testing at our partner facilities in Europe and USA (plus other locations in future).
  • Conduct Site Acceptance Testing and commissioning, including testing of the electrical, instrumentation and control systems.
  • Support and train Mechanical and Electrical Technicians to diagnose and repair faults when required, including out-of-hours.
  • Communicate courteously with colleagues, customers and other stakeholders by telephone, email, letter, and face to face.
  • Keep accurate records of discussions or correspondence with stakeholders.
  • Provide design input and feedback for R&D projects.
  • Provide technical and operational support to colleagues, sales agents and clients during and after the sales process.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and tender request responses.
  • Comply with company and site-specific Health & Safety policies and Codes of Practice, including the development and implementation of Risk Assessments, Safe Working Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Complete paperwork and producing reports diligently.
  • Adhere to all statutory regulations, and SEaB Energy policies and procedures.
  • Protect, at all times, the confidentiality of information handled within the remit of the post.
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • 3+ years’ experience of using Rockwell Studio 5000, RSLogix 5000, FactoryTalk View ME.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Significant hands-on experience of industrial installation, commissioning, and maintenance activities.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Solid IT and networking competency, including knowledge of cyber security best practices, automated remote data transmission and collection, database configuration and manipulation as well as IoT.
  • Relevant professional registration.
  • Sound experience in the design, deployment and maintenance of Process Control Systems and Instrumentation for liquid and gas processes, at both hardware and software level (organic waste, sewage, water and biogas/methane control are predominant in Anaerobic Digestion).
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of PLC ladder logic.
  • Experienced in design and configuration of HMIs for intuitive operator use.
  • Proficiency in relevant standards (ISO, ATEX, DSEAR, CE, OpenPLC).
  • Good Computer skills (Mac OSX, MS Office, VMware, TCP/IP, etc.).
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Sound experience of cross-cultural working.
  • Able to work unsupervised, function as part of a team, and build/lead a team.
  • Experience of working within a compliance driven environment.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work to achieve project plan targets whilst remaining flexible, not easily distracted or diverted from key priorities.
  • A team player; willing to participate in other areas to support colleagues as required, willing to handle waste as needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas as needed (occasionally for extended periods).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Permanent right to work in the UK or EU.
Ideal Candidate:
  • Technical experience within the Anaerobic Digestion industry.
  • Familiarity with communicating to BMS such as Honeywell Tridium. Client Server Java/Python/C/C++ coding using TCP/IP.
  • Familiarity with electrical generation technologies, including grid-synchronisation.
  • Experienced in working within renewable energy or oil and gas.
  • Fluency in a second language.
  • Has an understanding of the challenges faced by an SME/ start-up organisation.
  • Has an appreciation of the value of renewable and alternative energy.
  • Right to work in the EU/UK.
  • Right to work in the US.
Reports to: Head of Engineering