Sr. Automation Engineer

Des Moines, IA

Posted: 09/07/2023 Job Number: 5433

Job Description

Senior Automation Engineer - Join client's Cutting-Edge Automation Team

About Us: At our client, we aspire to lead our industry and be highly esteemed by our valued stakeholders - our clients, employees, suppliers, community, and shareholders. As we pursue this vision, we are looking for a dedicated Senior Automation Engineer to become a key member of our Automation Team. You will play a crucial role in driving automation projects to success.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Technical Expertise:

  • Utilize your expertise in programming and configuring programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interface (HMI) systems for industrial process control and monitoring.
  • Design and execute industrial automation projects aimed at enhancing operational efficiency, productivity, and quality for our clients.
  • Demonstrate onsite independence, overseeing team members to carry out project checkout and testing across projects of varying complexity.
  • Complete and delegate programming tasks in alignment with process narratives and client specifications.
  • Showcase high proficiency in programming processes, including sequence control and system operation for process control.
  • Communicate effectively and coordinate seamlessly within intricate subcontractor, contractor, and client relationships.
  • Offer technical support to clients during commissioning and post-project stages.
  • Interpret process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) to identify individual I/O components and process systems for programming execution.
  • Develop and maintain custom PLC and HMI objects and displays for streamlined automation program creation.

2. Achieving Objectives:

  • Keep your programming skills sharp by staying current with the latest developments in PLC programming and HMI technology.
  • Establish and maintain a structured approach to troubleshooting, including diagnosing issues, analyzing root causes, and implementing effective resolutions.
  • Articulate your programming vision and provide essential tools to team members to ensure the accurate and timely completion of project deliverables.
  • Engage in industry webinars and conferences to broaden your knowledge base and share insights with your peers.
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of various automation components, protocols, and systems utilized in the industry, spanning multiple PLC and HMI platforms.
  • Maintain a high level of motivation and inspire others to complete project tasks.
  • Collaborate effectively with project teams to ensure the overall success of each project.
  • Travel to client sites and actively engage in physical tasks to implement, test, and commission automation systems.


We value diverse backgrounds and experiences, and while we do not expect candidates to meet every requirement, we are looking for individuals who possess:

  • Resourcefulness and a proactive approach.
  • Eagerness to learn and a commitment to continuous improvement, both technically and in terms of soft skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to navigate a changing industry landscape.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to manage multiple concurrent projects effectively.
  • Analytical thinking abilities to analyze data, identify patterns, and enhance system performance.
  • A problem-solving mindset, with a penchant for seeking innovative solutions.
  • A strong sense of professionalism, integrity, and a dedicated work ethic.

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