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Automation Control Specialist / Control and Automation Specialist

Location: Marion
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:


Job Description

Position: Automation Control Specialist / Control and Automation Specialist

Department: Engineering

Position Type: Full Time

Status: Exempt

Reports To: Engineering and Product Development Manager

Job Summary

The Automation Control Specialist / Control and Automation Specialist plays a crucial role for both our Engineering and Product Development Departments by creating a competitive advantage for our customers by providing control system recommendations, safety feature specifications, technical support, and designing or developing best in class products to meet quality, value and functionality expectations.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions

- Develop PLC/HMI software. Able to assess and evaluate project scope and customer expectations to program, develop and design best-in-class control systems, HMI interfaces and programming schemes.

- Responsible for the timely delivery of the quoted controls package. Works closely with controls manufacturer (internal or external) during control panel assembly to ensure quality and timeline requirements are met. Confirms that package provided is properly documented, including but not limited to drawings, bills of material, schematics, sketches, written and verbal instructions.

- Designs and develops P&IDs, Control Panel Layouts and Electrical schematics.

- Ensure electrical and controls designs, installations and operations are in accordance with relevant guidelines, codes, and safety requirements (NFPA 70, Hazardous Locations, etc.)

- Work with customers and project team with project scope, test plan, commissioning plan and training documents.

- Adept in handling customer calls and technical inquiries. Able to troubleshoot control systems remotely and make recommendations to remedy program flaws, aid integration, improve system design and make updates when required.

- When required, is able to provide onsite engineering support at our customer locations to assist the sales group, assess customer warranty or product issues, commission new equipment, and conduct testing.

- Serve as a technical resource for our customers; applies engineering principles, product knowledge and practical experience to make customer recommendations.

- Utilizes systematic problem-solving methodology to identify root causes of product application/quality problems and make recommendations for improvements.

- Organization technical expert in all aspects relating to equipment and system safety, including but not limited to guarding, interlocks, E-stops and other safety devices.

- Supports initiatives to reduce costs and increase output, standardization, and repeatability of designs through developing and improving engineering tools and processes.

- Occasional US and global travel is required.


- Must comply with corporate requirements for confidentiality and non-compete agreements

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and/or activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please be advised that this Job Description or any other document should not be construed in any manner as a contract of employment. AMP maintains an employment at will. relationship with its employee. This means that both you and the employer retain the right to terminate this relationship at any time for any reason.

About Us:

Advanced Material Processing, " AMP" is a newer platform company for May River Capital (May River), a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market industrial growth companies. Focusing on material processing, AMP combines industry leading, complementary material processing equipment manufacturers to advance engineering capabilities for customers. AMP, comprised of Kason Corporation and Marion Process Solutions, focuses on sectors like food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and chemical, as well as emerging markets like nutraceuticals [ex. cannabis > CBD oils].

Kason has more than 50 years of experience as a global leader in designing and manufacturing screening, drying, cooling and processing equipment and systems for bulk solid materials and slurries for food, with worldwide compliance with the most stringent safety, quality and sanitary standards and regulations. The company is headquartered in Millburn, NJ with offices in Canada and the U.K as well as a global network of sales reps. The company serves a range of industries including food, pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic, energy, minerals, aerospace and defense.

MARION PROCESS SOLUTIONS - marionsolutions.com
Founded in 1938, Marion Process Solutions is dedicated to delivering custom-manufactured processing solutions to companies in the food, nutraceutical, mineral, plastic, chemical and biomass industries. With process solutions in over 75 countries on six continents, serving hundreds of global Fortune 1000 companies, the Marion brand serves as the standard of excellence in the material handling industry.


- Medical insurance

- Vision insurance

- Dental insurance

- 401(k)

- Disability insurance

Experience, Skills, and Education for the Automation Control Specialist / Control and Automation Specialist

- Minimum 2 year technical degree and 5 years relevant experience

- Electro-mechanical Control Systems including Hydraulics and Pneumatics

- PLC programming, Allen Bradley a plus

- HMI Programming, FactoryTalkView a plus

- Machine communications via Ethernet/IP and LANs

- Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite or related software; proficient with Excel

Required Skills/ Abilities / Traits

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills via phone, email, and in person

- Passion for gaining mastery of software

- Ability to perform basic math calculations

- Strong people skills

- Approaches work with a strong sense of ownership, commitment, and urgency

- Strong work ethic with a positive attitude, Self-motivated

- Ability to manage multiple priorities with strict deadlines

- Ability to quickly build rapport with customers and internal stakeholders

- Identifies new and innovative ways to address customer pain points or improve processes

- Ability to analyze, identify & then follow up to resolve discrepancies

- Continuous improvement mindset

Physical Requirements

Must be able to:

- see well enough to read documents, operate vehicles, and see computer screen.

- hear well enough to communicate with team members and management and listen to equipment.

- move about the production area by stepping over and/or bending under objects; and the ability to stand up to 1 hour.

- to stoop or kneel to pick up items from the floor.

- to lift 10 pounds with or without reasonable assistance.

- to grasp and use equipment and tools.


Keywords: MRC MARION INTERMEDIATE HOLDING, INC., Cedar Rapids , Automation Control Specialist / Control and Automation Specialist, Other , Marion, Iowa

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