Automation Engineer – King of Prussia, PA


The Automation Engineer is responsible for oversight of engineering projects including: programming modifications of instrumentation and hardware, troubleshooting of PLCs and HMIs, specification and procurement of new equipment, equipment installation and start-up. The Automation Engineer focuses on handling automation and electrical tasks as a member of the project team both professionally and working to meet customer expectations.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Located in King of Prussia, PA, and reporting to the Operations Director, East Coast, the engineer will be responsible to support and lead the automation engineering requirements for client projects.

  • Design: medium and low voltage electrical distribution, architecture, control panels, networks, for controls and instrumentation systems;
  • Responsible for engineering, project management, design and programming for automated manufacturing processes;
  • Full-lifecycle project support, including system design, system engineering, programming, factory testing, commissioning, and validation;
  • Integration of third-party control systems;
  • Specification, design, procurement and acceptance of instrumentation, control panels, and power distribution to machine centers and processing skids;
  • Prepare and GAMP documentation including URS, FS, HDS, IQ, OQ, and PQ.   Prepare and execute validation;
  • Implement and track specific equipment or systems modifications adhering to established change control procedures;
  • Create and modify schematics with AutoCAD;
  • Design of safety circuits and review of shop drawings;
  • Prepare project cost estimates;
  • Prepare and execute FAT and SAT protocols;
  • Programming of PLC and operator interfaces (SCADAs & HMIs);
  • Develop and establish technical specifications for process control systems including: instrumentation, control loops, automatic sequences, instrumentation, hardware and software design;
  • Train client technicians to operate new control systems;
  • Review project hardware/software for compliance with applicable codes and standards;
  • Provide on-site process control system support during construction through validation;
  • Collaborate with remote team members;


  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering;
  • 3 to 5 years of progressive experience;
  • Programming: Allen-Bradley Studio 5000 & FactoryTalk SE/ME, Siemens STEP 7 (Ladder Logic)
  • Control Hardware:  Allen-Bradley/Siemens/Emerson/ABB PLC, HMI, or DCS hardware;
  • Instrumentation Hardware:  Experience with common process instruments (flow, level, temperature, analytical);
  • Strong leadership, relationship management, and organizational planning and project management skills, in addition to technical knowledge;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results;
  • Knowledge of post-implementation continuous improvement efforts and methodology;
  • Ability to influence clients, suppliers and peers into adopting “best practices” in the engineering field;
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, listening and interpersonal with the ability to transfer knowledge to others;
  • Capability to engage and energize others to reach their fullest potential and performance;
  • Familiarity with Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma;
  • Versatility in disciplines other than the one academically trained for is highly desired;
  • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Flexibility to travel to external manufacturing sites as needed.

Travel is expected for this position.

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